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Malcolm McLaren and the Bootzilla Orchestra

  • Waltz Darling [Epic, 1989] B

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Waltz Darling [Epic, 1989]
"Buffalo Girls" notwithstanding, this is the first time since Bow Wow Wow that the old reprobate has shown pop ambition--Bootsy and Jeff Beck charge serious money to help you with your culture lessons, and money McLaren normally keeps to himself. Linking house, funk, and rai to the historic sexual breakthrough of the Strauss waltz, McLaren romanticizes the rich just like he's always romanticized the poor. But the concept is a cover for the only message he's ever cared about--teen sexuality as liberation, especially for old reprobates. "Algernon's Simply Awfully Good at Algebra" is as good as its title, maybe better. The rest is soft-core kiddie porn. B