Friday, 29 November 2013

Steve Mac 'Paddy's Revenge'

Chart Peak: 17
Steven McCutcheon - AKA Steve Mac - scored a Top 20 hit in September 2008 with his club anthem 'Paddy's Revenge'... The track samples Penguin Cafe Orchestra's chillout classic 'Music For A Found Harmonium'.
Far be it from me to quibble with the sleeve note, but Steven McCutcheon is the producer of many Syco-related singles and album, whereas this record is by Stephen McGuinness, remixer and ex-member of Rhythm Masters. It's the second instrumental in a row, although due to the brevity of radio edits that's only about five minutes without vocals.

It is indeed based on the Penguin Cafe Orchestra track, to put it mildly. In fact it's basically part of that song sped up a bit with some extra beats, taking advantage of the resemblance between a harmonium and an accordion for some ironic national stereotyping. It sounds more like a novelty record than something people would actually want to play in a club, but I don't suppose he ever intended it to be more than a bit of fun, so mission accomplished. I wouldn't care if I never heard it again though.

Available on: Paddy's Revenge

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