Eek-a-Mouse
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Eek-a-mouse (Ripton Joseph Hylton) invented a unique vocal technique, both melodic and "percussive", inspired to "sing-jaying" (an early form of toasting) which is a sort of nasal scat imbued with a phonetic hodgepodge of foreign accents. After releasing My Father's Land and Creation under his real name, he adopted his moniker and began to specialize in lunatic social satires such as Wah Do Dem (1980), off his debut album Bubble Up Yu Hip (1981), Once A Virgin (1981), Modelling Queen (1981), Virgin Girl (1981), Noah's Ark (1981), Wild Like a Tiger (1982), For Hire and Removal (1982), Do You Remember (1982), Ganja Smuggling (1982), etc. Wa Do Dem (1982) compiled most of the singles.

As he tried to get more serious, on Skidip (1982), Mouse and the Man (1983) and Mouseketeer (1984), and as he turned to a reggae-rock fusion on Assassinator (1985) and The King and I (1985), the limits of his music became more obvious.

His career continued with U-Neek (1991), with You're The Only One I Need, Black Cowboy (1996), Eeksperience (2001).

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Stefano Ignone)

Eek-a-mouse ( Ripton Joseph Hylton) ha inventato una tecnica canora unica, tanto melodica quanto sincopata, ispirata al sing-jaying (una delle prime forme di toasting) che consiste in uno scat nasale imbevuto di sovra pposizioni fonetiche di accenti stranieri. Dopo la pubblicazione di My Father's Land e Creation, con il suo vero nome, adotta il sopra nnome e comincia a specializzarsi in strampalate satire sociali come Wah Do Dem (1980), dal suo disco di debutto Bubble Up Yu Hi p (1981), Once A Virgin (1981), Modelling Queen (1981), Virgin Girl (1981), Noah's Ark (1981), Wild Like a Tiger (1982), For Hire and Removal (1982), Do You Remember (1982), Ganja Smuggling (1982), ecc. Wa Do Dem (1982) raccoglie la maggior parte dei suoi singoli .

Man mano che provava a diventare piu` serio, su Skidip (1982), Mouse and the Man (1983) e Mouseketeer (1984), e dopo essersi dato alla fusione rock-r eggae di Assassinator (1985) e The King and I (1985), i limiti della sua musica si rendevano sempre piu` ev identi.

La sua carriera e` proseguita poi con U-Neek (1991), con You're The Only One I Need, Black Cowboy (1996), Eeksperience (2001).




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Stefano Ignone

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