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Wayne Butane

"Swipes" CDR

Flaming Canine

Genres: sound collage, plunderphonics

Flaming Canine
603 N. Orange St
Mesa, AZ

Aug 13 - 19 2004

Few know it, but I'm a huge fan of plunderphonics.  There's nothing like a clever audio collage to get me staining my pants in hysterics.  People Like Us, Negativland, and The Bran Flakes, as well as lesser-knowns like Klarc Qent and Jabberwocky, all get me laughing every time.  So once I popped Wayne Butane's Swipes album into my stereo and heard the opening "Good Evening... is that Wayne?" I knew I was in for a treat.

But how is it?  Well, Butane is up there with my favourites.  While his insanely diverse, culled-from-everywhere compositions - each one exactly twenty-four minutes long and encompassing hundreds of sound sources - are miracles in silliness and clever stupidity, they don't quite match the brilliantly hilarious conceptualism of scene vets Negativland and Vicki Bennett.  Instead, Butane's collages are far more scattered and much less memorable.  Regardless, Swipes' content is actually quite satisfying, taking jabs at everything from Michael Jackson to the Chicago Blackhawks.  A particularly clever moment comes in "Nut Roll," when Butane cut-n-pastes the words "President Bush" into a grisly newscast, describing the American President's tearing off of a little boy's arm.  Wayne's unfailingly spirited brand of comedy runs through Swipes' seventy-two minutes of sex jokes, satire, song-dissection, and frequent swipes at Johnny Mathis.  I love it.  You will too.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 3 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]