Sinéad O’Connor ‎– The Emperor’s New Clothes (12″)

On the cusp of madness and mixing it with the hip hop/ trip hop guys this got totally ignored when it came out. America did latch on to it but they were still expecting a remake of “Nothing Compares To U” this is more Indie Pop than synth ballad although the remixes by The Bomb Squad (Public Enemy) give it some street cred. Honest and autobiographical with a sort of Indie Rock sheen the 7″ version should have done better.

The B-side is another strong song, Irish folk mixed with Trip Hop beats Bill Coleman (Peace Bisquit), DJ Towa Towa (Deee lite) and DJ Dmitry and uses the guitar sample from “How Soon Is Now?” by The Smiths and some Twin Peaks samples. (Shame it is a little worn but it’s presented as purchased) It is in fact a translation of an anonymous 17th-century Irish poem titled “Táim sínte ar do thuama.” The dub has been cleaned up a bit, classic early Trip hop.

Ensign ‎– ENYX 633

A1 The Emperor’s New Clothes (Remix Hank Shocklee)
A2 The Emperor’s New Clothes (7″ Mix)
B1 I Am Stretched On Your Grave (Apple Brightness Mix)
B2 I Am Stretched On Your Grave (Night Until Morning Dub / Earthapella)

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