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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Girl Talk’s Feed the Animals Fails to Incite Dance Party

posted by on June 22 at 22:34 PM

After several listens in the car and one run-through with a buddy trying to figure out what the samples were, it was time to test drive Feed the Animals on an un-expecting group of house partiers. In a controlled environment, actually listening to Feed the Animals, it has proven itself a respectable follow-up effort. Similar testing last year with Night Ripper showed general enthusiastic approval and scattered-to-full-blown dancing.

The scene: a small house party in the Sand Point neighborhood. The evening’s drink special is Kool-Aid and Everclear. It tastes just fine. Several people are involved in engaging matches of foosball; mostly there are conversations in the kitchen and casual drinking. Around 1:00am the stereo goes silent and Girl Talk is introduced to the environment. There is another gentleman looking to choose the music selection as well, he waits. At first the partygoers do not acknowledge the music, then speculative looks begin appear on a few faces. The album is lightly discussed as it plays - interested parties are given a bit of back story about what they are hearing. Occasionally heads bob with an up-tempo sample, but the momentum built rarely lasts more than a few seconds, then the heads stop bobbing. Only one person is genuinely interested in the record, a timid Irishman who sits next to the speakers so he can give the album his full attention. Occasional sections are hits – Jay Z and Radiohead, Metallica and Lil Mama. The guy who wanted to put something else on keeps walking over to the iPod and checking how much time is left. About 30 minutes in he turns the record off and puts on KMFDM. The guys playing foosball applaud his selection. It is unclear how much, if any, of the applause is because he put something else on.

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how unfortunate.

Posted by josh | June 22, 2008 11:15 PM

Sand Point isn't an area that has tested well in the past. Try Cap hill or U Dist.

Posted by frank the tank | June 23, 2008 8:23 AM

Even the new Girl Talk is better than KMFDM. My guess is you were at a lame party. Wait...Football? Sandpoint? Everclear? Yeah, Girl Talk is maybe not to blame for this dud.

Posted by Eric Grandy | June 23, 2008 8:23 AM

i think the only people who would play kmfdm at 2am at a house party are the members of kmfdm...

Posted by cosby | June 23, 2008 9:26 AM

Girl Talk's "Feed the Animals" incited a massive outbreak of dancing and all out "wilding" in Seattle's otherwise quiet neighborhood of Fremont.

Fuck Sand Point.

Posted by Jeff | June 23, 2008 9:35 AM

Well, keep in mind that Girl Talk is essentially Mash Up Happy Hardcore.

Apparently, people really love or hate mash-ups, and people definitely love or hate happy hardcore. When you combine the two, you have people who REALLY love it, and people who REALLY dislike it, and people in between who are still trying to make sense of it all.

So, you guys need to expand your lab experiments. :)

(Personally, I think Girl Talk has really great moments, and then there's the rest.)

Posted by mackro mackro | June 23, 2008 10:28 AM

i don't see how his music is like happy hardcore.

...except for tapping into teenagers that have taken their first pill and will eventually find better music once they go to college.

Posted by cosby | June 23, 2008 11:05 AM

it feels like a disappointment compared to night ripper. it's nice background music, just not an all-night club banger.

Posted by j beezer | June 23, 2008 1:54 PM

not every party can be a capitol hill hipster fueled fraggle fest

Posted by bobcat | June 23, 2008 2:28 PM


we dare to dream...

Posted by donte | June 23, 2008 4:02 PM

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