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Basehead Discography of CDs


Play with Toys Play with Toys CD (1992)
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Basehead CD discography Low-key and hypnotic, a pastiche of blues, country, rap, and funk, intellectual and introverted, Michael Ivey's music exists in its own universe. As Basehead, Ivey's 1992 debut is perhaps the most organic hip-hop ever laid on wax. PLAY WITH TOYS sounds like nothing that came before or since, and it instantly bewitched critics and college radio alike. Ivey's croon is barely eked out above the deliciously sleepy concoctions put down by his loosely gathered band of musicians. The gang frequently breaks character mid-song (at one point in "Brand New Day," a needle scratches off and a comic voice exhorts "get back to the friggin' song") as sampled voices lace the background. Basehead is not particularly concerned about getting to a destination, instead seemingly discovering the songs as they go along. It shouldn't work, but it does on a record that despite its laid-back nature, is constantly gripping, with its layers upon layers of groove. All songs written by Michael Ivey. Recorded at Bebop Productions, Rockville, Maryland. Originally released on Emigre (ECD 005). Basehead: Michael Ivey (vocals, guitar); Brian Hendrix (drums). Additional personnel: Marco Delmar (guitar); Bob Dewald (bass); Bruce "Kool Aid" Gardner (drums); Paul "DJ Unique" Howard (scratches); Bob, Mike, Brian, Bruce, Claude H., Samar, Marco, Bonita, Yolanda (background vocals).
2000 B.C./CD-5 2000 B.C./CD-5 CD (1992)
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Faith Faith CD (1996)
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Basehead albums In a bizarre turn of events, Basehead's Michael Ivey abandoned slacker suburban life for mystical, spiritual territory on his third album, Faith. He didn't leave behind his trademark amalgam of funk, hip-hop, and kitschy pop but he has become more focused. Unfortunately, you don't listen to Basehead to hear direction -- Ivey's charm has always been in his fragmented, hazy cut-and-paste approach. Though he comes up with some fine results on Faith -- and it has to be seen as a comeback after the rote Not in Kansas Anymore -- the album doesn't quite reach its lofty goals. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine Audio Mixer: Michael Koppelman. Recording information: Pachyderm Studios (04/04/1994-04/25/1994); Pachyders Studios (04/04/1994-04/25/1994). Editor: Michael Koppelman. Photographer: Michael Ivey. Basehead includes: Michael Ivey. Personnel: Michael Ivey (vocals, guitar, programming); Keith Lofton (guitar); Jay Nichols (drums); Michael Koppelman (percussion, programming); Clarence Greenwood (programming, turntables).
Basehead Basehead CD (1992)
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Basehead music CDs Track Listing of songs: Intro; 2000 B.C.; Brand New Day; Not Over You; Better Days; Ode to My Favorite Beer; Hair; Evening News; I Try; Play with Toys; Outro;
Not In Kansas Anymore Not In Kansas Anymore CD (1993)
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Basehead discography Four years removed from his lo-fi hip-hop masterpiece, PLAY WITH TOYS, Michael Ivey returned as Basehead in 1996 with a slightly more verdant, but still delightfully unsettling follow-up, NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE. A more traditional record, Ivey takes the unpredictable nature from his debut, which had him trailing off mid-track for off-kilter conversations, and focuses it into a more coherent song structure. It's ...
Split Personality Split Personality CD
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Basehead songs Track Listing of songs: Split Personality; Split Personality;
DC DC CD (2002)
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On his fifth album as Basehead and third album as a Christian, Michael Ivey swings away from the hermetic, electronic landscapes of 1998's In the Name of Jesus, but not his simultaneously insistent and vague system of belief. Percussionists Pete Van Allen and Jay Nichols pour on most of the instrumental snap, together and apart, with Van Allen hitting hard, crisp, and a little behind the beat (think John Bonham growing a funk sensibility), and Nichols with ...

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Popular or famous Basehead music songs: I Try, Play With Toys, Better Days, Hair, Ode to My Favorite Beer, Not Over You, 2000 BC, Split Personality, Intro. More music songs Brand New Day, Outro, Evening News, Hoes on Tour Part 4, Spreading Germs, Fireburns, Brown Kisses Part 1. More music songs Fives and Fours and Friends of Friends, Not the Same, Fluffy and Richard, Popeye Philosophy. See All Songs

Key Personnel

Member NameWorked With
Marco Delmar
Michael Ivey
Bruce "Kool-Aid" Gardner
Bob DeWald
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