The Punk Rock Architect
Although this is not a Punk Rock album, London’s Malcolm Robert Andrew McLaren was one of the most important characters in early Punk. But on Duck Rock, McLaren did not only hold the reigns. He was coacher, horse and coach in personal union. Alongside with his guest musicians, he undertook a sonic journey across the Western sphere of the British Empire (or the Commonwealth).
The World as seen from Britain
It is indeed a rather complicated issue when a white captain steers through waters of Southern Africa, the Caribbean or Latin America, and returns with a sonic melting pot from this journey. World Music as a genre is not really helping to save this. But in the end, it describes what Duck Rock is: a combination of musical styles such as Soukous, Salsa, Calypso, Samba, Disco, Funk, and Hip Hop. It is as authentic as an Atlantic cruise but nevertheless very diverting. The skits especially give the album the impression of a British radio podcast. And finally, the track Buffalo Gals shows that Malcolm McLaren has not only built crucial parts of the Punk Rock scene, but also Eminem was influenced by him.
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