Release Date: Jun 5, 2007
Record label: Domino
Mark E Smith recently described his first encounter with LCD Soundsystem's Fall-influenced Losing My Edge. "This sounds exactly like me," he told a hapless shop assistant. "Are you taking the piss?" As if in revenge, he's made a track that sounds like the offending record: the hilarious Flooded, in which he responds to being double-booked for a DJ gig by flooding the club.
Mark E. Smith teamed up with Mouse on Mars and made an album of their signature dance music with besotted crypto-screeds atop. Sacrifices had to be made here – for Mouse on Mars, the removal of a unifying melodic theme to make room for the vocals, and for Smith, the omission of a hired-hand band to terrorize and berate. Sounds like it was easier all around, particularly if there was no actual studio contact between the two parties (weirder stuff has happened).