Human Resource – Dominator

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Yes, yes, yes, we all went out in droves to purchase a copy of ‘The Complete Dominator’ on 12″, or more likely CD maxi-single, somehow propelling this joyless slab of monomaniacal Dutch drug-noise into the UK Top 20 in late December 1991, but how many of you were hip enough to buy it a couple of months earlier, when it was just the original “Dominator” backed by a couple of groovy original b-sides?

Not me, that’s for sure, so I was pleased to come across this one recently, though it can be hard to come to terms with the fact that what once (not so very long ago) seemed like the future is now today’s scuffed and creased charity shop fodder. But at least it gave me an excuse to demonstrate to my kids the origins of that horrible ‘hoover noise’ that they can hear on the verses of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”.

Needles to say, they think “Dominator” sounds bloody awful, and you can’t really argue with that. I guess you just had to be there…

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  1. love it; had this and played it way too many times… seems very dated, even amongst all the other R&S things, perhaps because it was subsequently used as a template for a certain kind of techno that barged it’s way into bargain bins a few years later (and not just the hoover noise – the very structure seemed to replicate like a virus) … R&S was a bit like that; some classics that sounded genuinely alien (digeridoo still stands out) and others that tried too hard to hook ‘soulful’ breaks and clipped vocals and ended up sounding like Black Box… it’s a shame that the very alienness I liked often put a stop to the copies at the very source and thus failed to really pull techno in some of the directions it might once have taken…


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