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Re-Releases of the Un-Releases
     

The Re-Releases of the Un-Releases

by Chicks on Speed
 
A German voice on this album asks, "Was ist das, Chicks on Speed?" Good question. The Chicks are an Australian, a New Yorker, and a German who met at art school in Munich, and although music is the focal point of their efforts, Chicks on Speed have become as much an industry as a band. They operate two record labels, a buzzing web site, a graphic design enterprise,

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A German voice on this album asks, "Was ist das, Chicks on Speed?" Good question. The Chicks are an Australian, a New Yorker, and a German who met at art school in Munich, and although music is the focal point of their efforts, Chicks on Speed have become as much an industry as a band. They operate two record labels, a buzzing web site, a graphic design enterprise, and a clothing design firm, whose latest line finds them transforming Nike shoes into Adidas and vice versa. So what's all that got to do with this album? A lot, actually. Like their shoe design, a large part of the Chicks' shtick is to twist existing musical forms -- theirs and others -- into interesting new shapes, and that's exactly what happens on The Unreleases. Although it's their debut American release, this 70-minute-plus album is actually a collection of tracks from their import-only first album, along with singles, remixes, outtakes, and unreleased tracks. Much of the group's previous material was distinctly new wave -- as shown in their choice of covers here, including the Delta 5's incredible "Mind Your Own Business," the Normal's "Warm Leatherette," and no fewer than two B-52's songs -- but this album changes mood and direction with nearly every track, from pulsing disco and electro to spoken word and near-Digital Hardcore abandon. Either way, this album is way fun and the best representation of the Chicks' recorded hijinks yet.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Taylor
In early 2000, the music collective known as Chicks on Speed emerged from a very art-damaged electronic scene in Munich, Germany. Without a second's warning, Chicks on Speed took both the art and music worlds by storm, designing fashion shows, performing, and recording two records in under two years. And in that short time after their art-school formation, they were taken under the wings of Austrian electro-glitch producers Gerhard Potuznik and Ramon Bauer, only to become instant stars on the intelligent club circuit. Their first domestic record, The Re-releases of the Un-releases, is a brilliant collection of their early work as remixed by Bauer and Potuznik. The Re-releases is raw and unpolished but somehow charming and a bit more personal than their import-only full-length Will Save Us All. As well, The Re-releases preserves the studio chatter between the Chicks and their producers and includes strikingly innovative covers of the B-52's "Gimme Back My Man," the Normals' "Warm Leatherette" (with DJ Hell), and the Delta 5's "Mind Your Own Business." Although Chicks on Speed was originally conceived as an art installation project, they've obviously found a niche within synthetic pop music and they exhibit an impressive amount of songwriting skill and social commentary. Their humor is definitely tongue-in-cheek but is nevertheless relentless when it comes to teasing out the shortcomings of the international club scene. As well, they maintain a strong feminist perspective as they stride headlong into that territory via the tracks "Eurotrash Girl," "Glamour Girl," and "Song for a Future Generation." But while they may have found a great way of disguising their social jabs as humor, Chicks on Speed ultimately just want to have fun. With the Re-leases of the Un-releases, they do just that.
Rolling Stone
Over thirty-three miniscule tracks, including covers of the B-52's and the Normal, immortal social observation and zany sound clips, there's plenty of subversive humor and a little self-indulgence but never a dull moment. Arion Berger

Product Details

Release Date:
10/31/2000
Label:
K. Records
UPC:
0789856112029
catalogNumber:
120
Rank:
191281

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