Wednesday, June 1, 2011

90's Jams #2: Aphex Twin "Windowlicker" (1999)

I very suddenly feel extremely fucking strange. Did someone just slip me a roofie? Wait a sec... Yeah, it's acid. Fuck. No wait... It's the poison. Someone is trying to kill me. The poison is working its way through the system. And "Windowlicker" is the soundtrack to that poison.. the slippery sounds that take place when Richard D James made a 2-song decision (between "Come To Daddy" and this one) to become an ultra-rockstar.. among the greatest ever, in fact. And all without picking up a single guitar or singing a single note of music. Throughout 1999, "Windowlicker" became one of the most bizarre earworms ever, maintaining a melodic structure while ripping through its theme and variations. Its intricacies are done in such a way that the song really demands repeated listenings, and it will get stuck there after around the 5th or 6th listen. At one point, I became convinced that every last sound used in this song was sampled from porn, which is still a strong possibility at this point.

And if that wasn't enough, for those not aware, this is part of the song...

Edit: Okay, I just looked it up and that face is actually on Track 2 of the Windowlicker single, and not in the song itself... However, the very end of "Windowlicker" does include this cool swirley thing:

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