>The only drum 'n' bass figure to work with David Bowie, KRS-One, and Noel Gallagher, Goldie was primed to export that British-bred beat science to America's masses in the mid-'90s.
Alas, mission was not accomplished. But you can't fault the charismatic producer/DJ's ambition. His 1995 debut album, Timeless, inflated jungle to bombastic prog-rock dimensions. Amid the belting soul divas, maudlin strings, and spacious synth washes, you could hear the genre's ubiquitous "Amen" breakbeat rolling helter-skelter around the lavishly appointed atmospheres. Drum 'n' bass had its first coffee-table album, and Goldie's profile soared to near-statesman levels.
But Goldie's momentum soon faltered with his erratic 1998 disc Saturnz Return. Goldie promised to follow it with an album called Sonic Terrorism, but since '98, he's delivered only two DJ mix CDs. Both INCredible Sound of Drum 'n' Bass (1999) and Goldie.co.uk (2001) reveal shaky techniques, but Goldie's selections of jungle's elite (Ram Trilogy, Reprazent, Marcus Intalex, Optical) show that his taste (and connections as honcho of Metalheadz Records) compensates pretty well. Word has it Goldie will spin on three decks when he hits Cleveland, so despite the potential train wrecks, the night should be fascinating for those into the cult of personality and quality drum 'n' bass. -- Dave SegalGoldie. Friday, December 27, at a venue to be announced. Call 216-491-1747 for more information.Prick/Lucky Pierre
The dangerous, nervy sounds inflaming the brain of Kevin McMahon will pop when the man behind Prick and Lucky Pierre performs the music of the former at the Odeon on Friday, then Pierre tunes at the Symposium two days later.
One of the key figures in modern Cleveland music, the bristly, brilliant McMahon hasn't played out since 1996, when he toured behind Prick's self-titled debut, opening for Nine Inch Nails and David Bowie. Nevertheless, McMahon's Lucky Pierre shows of the '80s still generate a buzz. "It's been hard to make music [from] recordings sound good live without major label budgeting," McMahon says from his Lakewood apartment. "[That] plus my own temperament made it hard for me to get it together to be able to endure going out on a few dates."
Joining McMahon at the Odeon will be bassist Tom Lash, formerly of Lucky Pierre and Hot Tin Roof; drummer Andy Kubiszewski, late of Stabbing Westward and the Exotic Birds; and guitarist Greg Zydyk, a Pierre associate. The latter show, featuring old and new Pierre material, will be acoustic, and McMahon will "have different guys come up to play different songs. We'll see who shows up."
The imminent Kevin McMahon Memorial Weekend is a prelude to what McMahon calls "regional tours," including, he hopes, dates in Chicago, Toronto, New York, and Boston. Burned by the music business as a virtual appendage of Trent Reznor's Nothing label, McMahon is gingerly working his way back into the industry. Last spring, he released the second Prick CD, the challenging, savage The Wreckard. It's available only online, at www.prickmusic.com. "I hope it doesn't turn into the business I was involved in before," McMahon says of his guarded reintroduction to releasing records. "I hope I can still maintain some kind of control over what I'm doing. I'm going to have to. Otherwise, I won't be able to do it."
For now, though, we're Lucky to have McMahon back in action.