My mini-vacation extended into yesterday, and so we’re freaking the Old School Tuesday funk, as we occasionally do. During my break I came across a fun/jarring bit of Twitrivia (Twitter Trivia, I’m trademarking that pronto): 3rd Bass’ sophomore album, Derelicts of Dialect, is now 20 years old.
A quick check on the ol’ Googletron confirms that Derelicts of Dialect was released June 18th, 1991, which is a long-ass time ago. As it happens, I was in High School in 1991, so you can guess how old this discovery makes me feel (Tired of hearing us mention how old we are yet? Too bad, that’s what old people do). So even though he makes me feel ancient, the occasion of a classic album from my adolescence turning 20 is a milestone that must be marked.
I was sure I had likely posted on Derelicts of Dialect before, but all I could find was a rather awesome Suave Bola Edition OSM that featured Microphone Techniques. Well that won’t do, but how to approach such an album? While it might not be an album that ends up in anyone’s top 10 list, it really is a great one. And it has aged well – even the duo’s sense of righteousness toward Vanilla Wafer and similar proprietors of commercial “hip-pop” don’t make me cringe as much as I would have figured. It also sounds pretty awesome, and that’s something I think about until recently, but Pete & Serch were associated with some of the finest purveyors of classic NY underground hip hop: Prince Paul, The SD50’s/Stimulated Dummies & Sam Sever. Plus, the skits still make me laugh, and DJ Richie Rich’s cuts still sound as sharp as ever.
That said, when most people think of this album, they’ll think of one song: Pop Goes The Weasel. I suppose it was a great song, and the best useage of a Sledgehammer sample in hip hop history, but considering how mainstream hip hop has gone in the intervening years, the message behind it doesn’t hit as hard. But look at the glorious cover for the Pop Goes The Weasel 12″ up there to the left! If that cover doesn’t mash you over the dome with a 90’s bat, I don’t know what would. Serch’s ability to look like kind of a dink in every photo or video clip was truly next level, but the guy was so earnest about everything it was more endearing than anything.
So then, we’ve got some Pop Goes The Weasel action for you today, both the original and the “radio” version, as well as the B-side of the 12″ – the original and SD50 Remix versions of Derelict of Dialect. Enjoy.
VIDEO:: 3rd Bass – Pop Goes The Weasel