Urban Dance Squad – Mental Floss for the Globe

ARTIST: Urban Dance Squad      Urban_Dance_Squad,_Mental_Floss_for_the_Globe,_front_cover.jpeg

TITLE:  Mental Floss for the Globe

YEAR RELEASED: 1989

CHART ACTION: #54

SINGLES: Deeper Shade of Soul (#21), No Kid, Fastlane

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Nothing else tickled the mainstream fancy

LINEUP: Patrick Tilon, Rene van Barmeveld, Silvano Madatin, Michel Schoots, Arjen de Vreede

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Dutch group combined hip hop and alt funk / rock to some success including a great summertime jam.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: When “Deeper Shade of Soul” blasted out of boom boxes in 1989, it seemed the perfect mellow summer tune, a combo of funk and hip-hop with some tasty guitar licks and interesting turntable work. The album itself was revelatory, with not so much mellow licks but some hardcore funk / punk married to rap and hip-hop.

Being that this was 1989, some people who heard the single weren’t ready for some of the guitar-based assault. However, live they put on quite the show and their vision definitely thrilled some forward thinking record buyers.

Some of the songs don’t really work – the noise rock experiment at the end for sure. Yet, there was a lot of promise for this Netherlands band and when this album clicked, like on “Prayer for My Demo”, “Big Apple” or “Struggle for Jive”, it really clicked.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The band got together in 1986 when Tilon and de Vreede (the DJ) jammed with the other three on stage in Utrecht.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, a second disc of live cuts that’s pretty interesting.

GRADE: B+: The concept is great, there’s just a few misses here.

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