It's Fan-Dabi-Dozi!

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It's Fan-Dabi-Dozi! is a double-disc musicological trawl through the dregs of pop culture, in which the earnest work of heroes both familiar and unfamiliar is artlessly (or occasionally, artistically) smashed up by an assortment of V/Vm colleagues. Most of these are actually given quality anti-productions, though occasionally it's difficult to tell how much is production and how much is studio magic. When V/Vm's James Kirby states in the liner notes, "I don't think I've ever been as excited about a V/Vm release," is he sincere or taking the piss? How potentially embarrassing is it for listeners (or critics) if the track that sounded like a pretty solid breakbeat track actually turned out to be a sped-up Olivia Newton-John vocal over distorted beats ripped from a 2 Unlimited hit (number 46 in Belgium)? Among the highlights: a haunted version of the Smiths' "Death of a Disco Dancer" given a satirically heart-tugging performance by a backwoods troubadour hamming it up; DMX given a distorted, buzz-saw remix treatment; and a breakbeat remix of some unfortunate diva pushed into chipmunk frequencies. Special kudos go to Kevin Blechdom's "Jon Whitney Houston," nearly all of which sounds sincere -- including the rinky-dink keyboard line and Casio beats that make it possible this was lifted from cable-access television; that is, until the fourth or fifth of nearly a dozen codas (each a half-step higher than the last) finally deliver the punch line.

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