AMP

Remember when MTV actually used to play music videos? And then would gather bits up into video shows like “Headbanger’s Ball”? And then there was “120 minutes”? And then there was “Liquid Television”, which, for better or worse, gave us “Aeon Flux” (do NOT judge the animation to the movie. It’s like judging a book by its cover or a person for the shields they put up) and “Bevis and Butthead” (…I am…somewhat…bemused…to admit I do a pretty good Bevis imitation…) and then then “Daria”. (Also kind of “King of the Hill”…)

The Daria love is for another time.

“Today on Sick Sad World!!!!!!…:

 

*cough*

*ahem*

AMP.

AMP was MTV’s recognition of the music what we now lump into one category as “EDM”. Electronic Dance Music.

It was when musicians realized that they could make music with a couple of turntables, a decent mixer,

and  a computer.

(Please note – this is nothing more than a progression from Disco and Rap to another generation with more technology at their…heh…fingertips…and there are so many categories of EDM that…Drum and Bass, Trance, Ambient, Jungle, Europop, Progressive, Industrial, Glitch Hop, Techno – the “original” moniker…way more than I can remember off the top of me tipsy head. But, hit up Google if you want to learn more)

It hit me like a sledgehammer to the breastbone, the first time I ever watched AMP in the closet of a studio apartment I shared with my ex-wife and two cats and holy…fucking…christ….

There was this music…that…

Made my blood flow and my shoulders drop and had so much fucking energy that I could feel it my fingertips…and made me unconsciously move because I can’t fucking help myself…it’s like the Pied Piper and I’m one of the Rats…

The Chemical Brothers
The Crystal Method
Orbital
The Prodigy
Fluke
Fatboy Slim
Lo-Fidelity Allstars
Air

and then…heh…

BT*
Paul Oakenfold
Tiesto (before he was DJ Tiesto)
iiO
Kosheen (who evolved…wonderfully from what I knew…and I would do anything to have her voice…)

…and those really are off the top of my tipsy little head…

It’s….the…beat…the sound that winds around me like the snake around Eve in the Garden of Eden and says “Take a bite and let go”…That twists and turns me into the thing that lets the soundwaves hit,buffet, and then flow through like water…like water…like…water…

Free running, not caring, not giving a good goddamn what I look like when I can actually let go and dance…

*ahem*

*BT. He’s still spinning, and has a podcast and show on DI.FM (Digitally Imported – Trance channel. Which I can now only listen to at home…meh)…

This was the first video I’d ever seen of his (featuring M. Doughty on vocals)…but…he…introduced me to Dj Rap…

Ok…

From our 2016 standpoint…yeah, it’s creepy stalker at certain points.

But…when I first saw it…it made me look up DJ Rap…who remains one of the world’s top Female DJ’s…

And…who..I rediscovered this week, along with BT. And..this…song…

It’s…painful…but…

It’s good to be alive.

Also…the album it’s from is called “Learning Curves”.

Forgot about that bit…but…I…have…a steep learning curve sometimes….

*snerk*

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