The Shamen — Song: Ebeneezer Goode Album: Boss Drum
First of four “techno” posts.
Though they started out in more of a rock/psychedelic form in the early years The Shamen, with the help of new member William Sinnott around the late 80s to early 1990, help to shift their sound to a more beats, samples and dance oriented future. Sadly, at the rise of their popularity on the UK techno/dance scene with their hits Move Any Mountain and Make It Mine (in various forms and remixes) from the great album En-Tact, Sinnott passed away from drowning. Founding member Colin Angus continued on and in 1992 released what was a more polished and focused record entitled Boss Drum.
Boss Drum, itself, is the bridge from the second stage of The Shamen to the third stage of the band. Whereas En-Tact had the psyche elements of old mixed with the new techno/dance side of the band, further exploration into the burgeoning acid-house scene seemed to be the direction they were headed in—as can be seen in the follow-up to Boss Drum, Axis Mutatis.
Ebeneezer Goode brings to the forefront band member/MC/DJ “Mr. C”, who had only made brief appearances on En-Tact, notably as the voice of the rap part of Move Any Mountain, as a main vocalist with more edge in contrast to Angus’ smooth vocals. As a visual face to the band, he’s the one that seems to have more fun. Cheeky, and a bit silly, the lyrics talk about a fella who brings the party with him thus making all the people around happy and jovial, but you and I know… it’s basically a drug reference, no? "He takes you to the top, shakes you all around, then back down, you know as he gets mellow, then as smooth as the groove, that is making you move, he glides into your mind with a sunny ‘Hello!’" — Timmy G