Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Make 'Em Mokum Crazy [Mokum, 1996]
Records this idiotic don't come along every day. They don't even come along every year. Anybody remember Hot Legs' "Neanderthal Man"? I mean that idiotic. Apply the broad brush it deserves and call it The Chipmunks Go Techno--"Happy Tunes" in high registers that range from unnatural to very unnatural. The so-called Party Animals do Hair and Olivia Newton-John and "Hava Naquila" (sic); alias Technohead make up songs called "Happy Birthday" and "I Wanna Be a Hippy," which quotes David Peel, which has nothing on the MLK sample. Intensely irritating, perversely delightful, and (trust me on this) just the thing for a 12-year-old's coming-out party. "From The Underground Raves Of Holland To The Top Of The Euro Pop Charts," eh? No wonder the Euro is in trouble. A-