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Karen Finley – Tales Of Taboo (Benelux 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on June 30th, 2015

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1986

A. Front

Explicit Lyrics.

“Tales Of Taboo” is a 1986 12″ single by American performance artist, musician and poet Karen Finley. Produced by Madonna collaborator Mark Kamins the track is a ranting provocative monologue over a disco beat. “Tales Of Taboo” was prominently sampled by S’Express on the classic dance floor cut-up, “Theme from S-Express” (her vocal – sampled from “Tales of Taboo” – formed something of a chorus in the song). Finley would often perform her songs late night at Danceteria, where she worked.

SIDE A:
Tales Of Taboo (Radio Mix) 5:46
Belgian Waffles (Instrumental Version) 5:11

SIDE B:
The Yam Jam (Bonus Rap/Beat) 5:51
The Naked Truth (Acapella) 5:10

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Pow Wow Art International ‎– PWAI 049
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: Benelux
Released: 1986
Genre: Electronic
Style: House, Synth-pop, Experimental

CREDITS:
Drums, Synthesizer [Synths] – Albert Cabrera, Andy Wallace, Robert Görl
Edited By – Tuta Aquino
Producer – Mark Kamins
Written-By – Finley*, Kamins*

NOTES:
Made in Benelux / Made in E.E.C

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

B. Back

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube:
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard:
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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31 Responses to “Karen Finley – Tales Of Taboo (Benelux 12″)”

  1. Ica Says:

    Rhythm is great and awesome…Vocal familiar from S’Express….But the lyrics is too much hard….oh what a language…

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    maybe just listen to the instrumental lol

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  2. Jeff Says:

    Oh the absolute freaking brilliance of Burning The Ground Paul!! Your site is such a tremendous kaleidoscopic musical maelstrom! One really never knows what AWESOME SURPRISES you have in store! I never would have thought in my life that I would hear this on your site! I actually LOVE this record. Granted, I still blush by its obscenity and profanity, but I do get it. Ms. Finley is a force to be reckoned with. She’s quite the provocateur with her music and performance. I knew someone who once saw her perform and it was INSANE!! Whoa, I still can’t believe this record is here!! I can’t thank you enough for this. I have her CD, but I don’t have these versions. You Paul, more than ever blow me away!! People who don’t know this, will be quite shocked and delighted. It’s thoroughly an experience. I still feel a bit naughty when I play her songs.

    Gratefully Impressed by Your Talents Paul!!

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I totally get Ms. Finley she is indeed a force to be reckoned with. I loved spinning this record back in the day always a floor filler. The production is outstanding such great synths and groove. This record has always been one of my guilty pleasures 🙂

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    RA Feutz Reply:

    Agreed Paul!

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  3. Joseph Says:

    Thanks for this. I remember when the whole controversy over the NEA grants and her taking it all the way to the supreme court. Wish that had a better outcome. Horrible that the NEA chose to no longer endow individual artists after that. Still live in hope that the US will reinvest in artists once again. I remember hearing at the time that the budget for the NEA was smaller than the budget for the Budapest Opera. She may not be to everyones taste, but what art actually is to everyones taste?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Well put Joseph I totally agree with you 🙂

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    Jeff Reply:

    And all great art produces some sort of reaction, good or bad. Makes one think and causes a dialog between people.

    Jeff

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  4. RA Feutz Says:

    One of your greatest posts! Actually they are all great, but this one stands out. I had a super beat up copy of this at the nightclub I DJ’ed at for 20 years. I played it regularly! I’ve always wanted it in digital format…with the art too! Thanks Paul!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you RA 🙂

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  5. Dean Says:

    Here’s one I’d never have expected to pop up here! Ah, NYC in the ’80s.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Dean my tastes are so varied you just never know what I will post 🙂

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  6. ex15 Says:

    Nice…

    Thanks Paul 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    you’re welcome Ex15 🙂

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  7. Omar Says:

    Thanks Paul.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    you’re welcome Omar 🙂

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  8. mothloop Says:

    I was so pleased when I finally discovered where many of those S’express samples came from! Nutty lady doing whatever she damn well pleases!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    The way it should be 🙂

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  9. VanceMan Says:

    I saw Karen Finley in 1990s but she did no music at the performance I saw. While I can’t say I was disappointed that she didn’t do “Yam Jam” or similar, I am glad it’s forever preserved on vinyl! Thanks so much for sharing.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    VanceMan I bet that was a very interesting show 🙂

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  10. 80spornstar Says:

    I never heard this tune before and i do not regret. Lyrics… not worth to comment.
    Anyways, thanks for sharing this track.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    you’re welcome.

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  11. Paulo X Says:

    It’s worth mentioning that Robert Gröl was half of D.A.F.

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    Paulo X Reply:

    I meant Robert Görl…

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    Davos Via 45 Reply:

    Excellent production on this mixes, also D.A.F. – Brothers, comes very high on my best of 80s songs list!

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  12. risildowgtn Says:

    YAY! wow
    hahah I used to get my friend who was the DJ at the club to play this 2-30-3am on a sunday morning.. so many complaints but so many people also danced to it

    LOVE THIS SONG

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  13. woz Says:

    Wow! How have I not heard this before? Crazy! I just listened to it for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you!

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  14. Davos Via 45 Says:

    LMFAO, hilarious lyrics! Great production, never heard this actual song before, but many samples from it, used in different tracks.

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  15. Jason Says:

    Thanks Paul. I haven’t heard this before. Looking forward to it.

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  16. Nat Says:

    Long time downloader, first time poster! Had to give a shout for this selection; have this on vinyl and it confounds people when I play it. Extra benefit when segueing into or out of Taste of Sugar. 😉
    Glad to have a chance to have HQ digital versions, thanks Paul!

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  17. Saucer People Says:

    Spooky! Yesterday, I dug out an old rip of a Re/Search video called Pranks (from the seminal book of the same name) which featured a number of interviews with some of the contributors, including Karen Finley and she was talking about this very record and how subversive it was to see people dancing to the music while being exposed to her delicious incendiary rant.

    Yes, this was a huge favourite on the ‘alternative’ dancefloors here in the UK in the 80s and I still remember the shock when I first heard the S’Express track! I stupidly sold all my vinyl years ago, including my copy of this, so it is wonderful to finally have a decent rip of it to listen to – many thanks!

    PS> Comment above from ‘Not’ – “Long time downloader, first time poster!” – Great to see you have taken the plunge and I hope other long-time downloaders follow this example – even a simple thank-you can go a long way!

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