Before Hancock's 1984 album SOUND-SYSTEM was released, this advance single (referring to the album as being called HARDROCK) allowed a first glance at the FUTURE SHOCK follow-up. With "Hardrock", Laswell and Hancock took their "Rockit" approach into, well, harder regions. The funk-meets-beats-meets-turntable-scratching foundation of the original song (and album) is spiced up with rock guitar riffs (by Nicky Skopelitis and Henry Kaiser), more sound effects, more rhythm changes, and more of Laswell's cut-ups. Though the song is called "Long Version," it's actually the album version. The B-side of the single features Grandmixer D.St.'s "American Mega-Mix," which is a remix featuring all songs from FUTURE SHOCK (except "Earth Beat") plus the famous bassline from "Chameleon" (taken from the 1984 remix), and several other records as well (such as Shango's "Shango Funk Theology"). It's an interesting listen for Hancock fans and shows D.St.'s turntablist skills, but it isn't necessarily a brilliant track. The third track is "TFS" (taken from the FUTURE SHOCK album), a groovy mixture of robotic drums, futuristic synths and funky keyboards.

There's no real need to get this 12" for the songs "Hardrock" and "TFS," since they're exactly the same as the album version, but fans of Hancock and/or DJ remixes may want to hunt this down for the mega mix -- though it might be much easier to find the CD compilation THE BEST OF HERBIE HANCOCK, VOL. 2, which includes this track.




This review was written for the All-Music Guide on September 4, 1999.

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Christian Genzel

Christian Genzel arbeitet als freier Autor und Filmschaffender. Sein erster Spielfilm DIE MUSE, ein Psychothriller mit Thomas Limpinsel und Henriette Müller, handelte von einem Schriftsteller, der eine junge Frau entführt, weil er sie als Inspiration für sein Buch braucht. Außerdem drehte Genzel mehrere Kurzfilme, darunter SCHLAFLOS, eine 40-minütige Liebeserklärung an die Musik mit Maximilian Simonischek und Stefan Murr. Derzeit entwickelt er seinen zweiten Spielfilm BROT UND SPIELE, eine Komödie mit Thomas Limpinsel, Götz Otto und Steffen Wink über alte Kindsköpfe und noch ältere Computerspiele, und dreht eine Dokumentation über den Filmemacher Howard Ziehm.

Christian Genzel schreibt außerdem in den Bereichen Film, TV und Musik, unter anderem für GMX, den All-Music Guide, das 35-Millimeter-Filmmagazin und Film & TV Kameramann. Außerdem hält er Vorträge zu Filmthemen und kuratierte 2014 an der Universität Salzburg eine Filmreihe zum Thema "Erster Weltkrieg".

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