Loop-dee-doo: Bjork, Stereolab, and the Butthole Surfers Push the Boundaries


| September 19, 2001

Loop-dee-doo: Bjork, Stereolab, and the Butthole Surfers Push the Boundaries, Matt Ashare, Providence Pheonix.com
The pop music climate of the last 10 years has felt, at times, like stepping in and out of a time machine. ''50s swing, '60s psychedelia, '70s punk and disco, and '80s new wave have all resurface in some guise' writes Matt Ashare in the Providence Phoenix, to 'the point where it feels not only as if it had all been done but as if it had all been redone at least once before.' But, Ashare argues, in this landscape that seems to reward unoriginality, digital wizardry in the studio has enabled certain artists to stretch the limits of the art of pop music. Though no new kid on the block (digital technology has been around longer than we like to admit), it's only recently been utilized as a tool for innovation. Examining recent works by such artists as Bjork, Stereolab, Radiohead, and the Butthole Surfers, Ashare points out that these artists are able to use technology to 'keep their fans happy and themselves challenged.'
--Al Paulson
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