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Badd Inc.


Badd Inc.


Mogul Electro Records

various artists CD

Badd Inc.Badd Inc. is the follow-up to last year's 'Electroclash' compilation, the comp which introduced Larry Tee's Brooklyn based Mogul Electro label.

This year's model is very fine. There are 15 songs on the comp. A lot has happened in the year since 'Electroclash' was released. The world knows what style of music you are talking about if you say Electroclash, and many of the artist's have enjoyed success.

What you will find on Badd Inc. are new artists that have not yet established any name for themselves. W.I.T. are the best known, through appearances in Jockey Slut and in the pages of many fashion magazines. I love their sound, though 'Ooh, I Like It' is also on their Mogul Electro full length record.

The single song credited to Larry Tee as an artist (he is involved with many of the cuts as writer and producer) is Supermodel Inc. Supermodel Inc. is a great companion song to the new Ladytron single 'Seventeen.' Both songs deal with the ugly side of the modeling industry. On Supermodel Inc. Larry Tee puts on a tough guy voice, sounding kind of like the Bpitch Control artist Kiki on his song 'Hott.' Supermodel Inc. has sass, and is one of my faves on the disc.

Avenue D's 'Do I Look Like A Slut?' has trade-offs between two girls, eventually becoming booty-tech like a female DJ Assault or DJ Funk. It's a fun track, but you could never play it on the radio.

W.I.T.'s track 'Ooh I Like It' has laughing like Miss Kittin in 'Frank Sinatra,' and Giorgio Moroder synth like Blondie in 'Heart Of Glass.' The vocalist has an interesting voice, kind of like the 80s band The Waitresses.

'It's Over,' by Hungry Wives says'I am legendary you are not.' It is just the kind of thing someone I don't like would say, proclaimed by an unpl;easnat character the band have conjured up to show their distaste for behavior of jaded club queens. Hungry Wives tongue is in cheek on this cut, and the sound is a bit different than other songs by this band, who are working on a full length I am anxious to hear.

Badd Inc. & Tobell Von Cartier's 'Useless (Remix)' is a good track. Tobell Von Cartier sounds like a catty drag queen, and carries the song with the flair that Wayne County used to have as he strutted on the stage at Max's in the 70s.

'Electroclash Anthem' by Morplay is OK, though nothing happens in it that you could have predicted.

Prance does a cover of the Prince song 'Contaversy' using vocoder on the vocal. The track is as interesting as anything on the Rex Records Prince comp 'If I Was Prince,' but I have never been a vocoder guy, and this song is not the one to convert me.

'I Know What Women Want' by My Robot Friend has a 4/4 dance beat and is moderately interesting, though the vocal effect and pedestrian lyrics keep it from being a fave.

Jonny McGovern's 'Soccer Practice' is a blast. It has the same type of appeal as Tim Love Lee's 'Again Son.' Both songs concern seedy practices, in this case between boys at soccer practice.

'Fake' by Badd Inc. & Sophia Lamar is one of my faves. The song covers all the artificial attributes any girl you like may have, sung by a womanly man proclaiming 'it's all fake in silicon city' before offering a role call of parts of the body.

Spalding Rockwell's 'White Cotton Panties' is also a song I like a lot. Real female vocals, and great music wrap themselves around a reverb soaked lyric that goes just enough over the tope to make the song a smash

'Buzz Junkie (Remix)' by Key Command is the last of my faves. It is a song that really drives, kind of like the UK band Fat Truckers. There is more noise damage in this track than any other, plus a sharp cellular phone break that slices the waste.

'Replicunt' by Dirty Sanchez is OK, but somewhat one tracked. 'Drinkin' 40z' by Gravy Train and 'I Love My Meow' by Dr. Wundt & Perfection W/Cashflo are decent tracks that have language which prevents them from ever basking in the airwaves of radio.

I like this compilation, and I like the energy of its guiding light, Larry Tee. I hope his label puts on many more interesting records.

---Carl, October 22, 2002