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Boomkat Product Review:
Superior Viaduct uncover and expose the roots of downtown no wavers, Liquid Liquid - one of the most-sampled groups in dancefloor history - in their earliest and little known guises. The original Liquid Idiot were coined at Rutgers University in the late '70s before moving to NYC where they played CBGB's, Tier 3 and Mudd Club, and would subsequently swell their ranks with peers and audience members encouraged to "bring percussive objects" to their shows, playing together as Idiot Orchestra. Paying dues to no-one and guided only by their faith in the chaos of massed improvisation, the two inter-changable groups established a fluid, open-ended framework for experimental music that would be soon enough distilled into their groove-driven style as Liquid Liquid. What we have here is a snapshot of that formative era sourced from two self-released and impossible to find 7"'s; fifteen cuts spanning a side of skronky, discordant and even Afro-inspired grooves under the Liquid Idiot heading, and another side of Idiot Orchestra outings ranging from mad bebop cacophony to keening noise, maybe best summed up as "resembling a No Wave version of Raymond Scott's big band." Although loose and feral, it's not difficult to follow the line of these recordings into the concentrated 'floor juice of their later work, which would be sampled by everyone from Grandmaster Flash to Carl Craig.