Jokers Of The Scene vs. Massive Attack
Like This and Like That is the new column from Snobcast extraordinaire, Father Guido Sarducci IV. The procedure: Every morning (OK, maybe not every morning) Guido will snatch the first crisp, clean & new mp3 he stumbles upon, listen to it at least once, and then find an old song (ten years or more) for some good old-fashioned compare and contrast. The purpose: To draw a line between the modern and the out-of-date. The premise: To expose the kids to their past while also showing the unfashionable adults that there’s great new music being made every day. Thus, if you like This than you might like That.
“Revolting Joks (Video Edit)” by Jokers Of The Scene vs “Teardrop” by Massive Attack
JOTS are a techno dou from Ottawa, Canada’s capital, who individually go by the monikers: Dj Booth & Chameleonic. Usually, when I hear the term “techno” I get a knee-jerk reaction, but luckily these days techno can encompass so much more than the watered-down sounds of Paul Oakenfold (and yes, I know he’s actually acid house, but come on). Anyway, what JOTS do is take that acid and dump it all over their elecrogaze sprawls. Right now, there’s a contest going on here for the opportunity to produce a video for this song. Only a few days left but I’m sure someone out there could put something together over the weekend.
Massive Attack are a British duo who are pioneers of, a) trip-hop and b) taking pictures together where the one guy stands in the foreground and the other dude stands back and to the right (not your right, his right). Originally part of one of the UK’s first homegrown soundsystems, The Wild Bunch, Massive Attack has been producing music since 1988. “Teardrop” comes from the duos third studio album Mezzanine (1998). The album was released as a legal download months before being physically released, obviously, a big deal at that time, it was one of the first albums to be released in mp3 format. “Teardrop” features vocals by Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins.