Winston Tong \ Theoretically Chinese [LTMCD 2382]
Theoretically Chinese is a polished electropop album by Winston Tong, the singer and visual artist also known for his work with the group Tuxedomoon.
Originally released by Les Disques du Crépuscule in 1985, Theoretically Chinese was produced by former Associate Alan Rankine and features a stellar supporting cast including Jah Wobble (bass), Stephen Morris (drums), Dave Formula (keyboards), Simon Topping (percussion) and Sussan Deyhim (backing vocals).
Much of the album offers rhythmic electronic pop, notably Big Brother, Principles of Movement and a cover of Marianne Faithfull's new wave disco classic Broken English. The extended remaster also includes more left-field material, including epic 16 minute soundscape The Hunger, recorded with Japanese musicians in Tokyo, and the previously unreleased Dream Assassins, a collaboration with Nikki Mono.
The CD booklet features a detailed Tong biography as well as archive images.
1. Big Brother
3. The Quotidian
4. Theoretical China
5. Yellow Peril
6. Broken English
7. No Regrets
8. Reports from the Heart
9. The Principles of Movement
10. The Hunger
11. Broken English (12" Remix)
12. Dream Assassins
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"Highlights shine out with clarity. Broken English is a song that could define the genre - minimalist, impulsive, cool and exciting all at once. The Hunger is grandiose and fascinating, with lots of sample-friendly noises and beats too. Go buy, you nu-sonic archeologists" (Whisperin' & Hollerin', 09/2004)
"A classic electro album, exemplary work" (The Big Takeover, 9/2004)
"Producer Rankine brings shimmering energy to the album that pays off in spades, while The Hunger is a striking tour de force" (All Music Guide, 10/2004)