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Thursday, January 26, 2012

KK cover art for Lords of Acid "Deep Chills"




In 2011, I was very flattered to be contacted by the legendary Praga Khan, founder of the techno/dance band Lords of Acid. My animated music video for his classic I Want to See Your Pussy got a half million hits on YouTube and I'd always thought that someday they would sue me or tell me to take it down. Instead, Praga contacted me through Facebook and commissioned me to do the CD cover for their first album in over ten years. I couldn't have been more excited because Lords of Acid is one of my all-time favorite bands. Their cutting-edge mix of acid house beats, cool rock n' roll hooks, sexy, perverted lyrics, and humor were always my idea of height of intensity.

Speaking of humor, Praga Khan is no stranger to satire, with songs like I Want to Be Scrood By U and Lucy Fucking Sky. And as a satirist myself, I always wanted to do a spoof of the classic R.Crumb artwork for Big Brother and The Holding Company's Cheap Thrills. It was the perfect idea, because besides the provocative female lead-vocalist DJ Mea as a post-millenial version of Janis Joplin, the album is actually a concept album with each song dealing with a different fetish or kink, from cross-dressing, to foot fetish, to squirting. So the content easily lent itself to a multi-panelled comic book type format-- with an edge, of course. So I was super psyched to do an homage and a spoof to R. Crumb, and also push the concept into the stratosphere with an animated video on YouTube and an iPhone app.

When I showed Praga the sketch, he replied "I love it!...this can really work." Thus, Deep Chills was born.  

Musically, Deep Chills is a techno trip into genre' bending mash-ups. Surfin' Hedgehog, is an electro-surf tribute to porn star Ron Jeremy. Slip N Slide combines a Phil Spector's wall-of-sound with cunning linguistic lyrics. Medicine Man moves from slow sludgy beats to space rock arpeggios. Other tracks involve rabbit vibrators, squirting porn stars, cross dressing, foot fetishes, and ghost hunting. Combining retro and futuristic sounds, hip musical references, great hooks and fun, perverted lyrics Deep Chills is a classic Lords of Acid album. And the KK art is icing on the cake.

"I must tell you that I'm really impressed. The cover and the animation looks unbefuckinglieveable. This is ultracool! I really love it." - Praga Khan