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Karen Finley – Lick It! (Belgium 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on July 2nd, 2015


A. Front

Explicit Lyrics

“Lick It!” is a 1988 12″ single recorded by American performance artist Karen Finley. Produced by Mark Kamins “Lick It” is a solid house track set to Finley’s poet musing. Soon after this single’s release Finley released a full studio album titled “The Truth Is Hard To Swallow” however “Lick It” did on appear on the LP. Soon afterwards, she became a highly visible symbol of US Congress’ efforts to deny NEA (National Endowment For The Arts) grants to potentially offensive material, as Senator Jesse Helms blasted Finley in 1990 for a piece in which she smeared chocolate over her nude body. When the NEA refused her application for a grant because of the content of her work, she and three other similarly affected artists sued; a federal district court declared the so-called “standards of decency” provision unconstitutional in 1992, a decision upheld four years later by the Circuit Court of Appeals.

Lick It 7:26
Dub It 5:07

Drop That Ghetto Blaster! 0:13
Lick It! (Jazzy House Mix) 7:03
Lickapella 4:03

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

Label: SSR Records ‎– 12 SSR 89, SSR Records ‎– 12SSR89
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM
Country: Belgium
Released: 1988
Genre: Electronic
Style: Acid House, Experimental, House

Arranged By – Craig Kafton
Keyboards – Miguel Kerstman
Producer – Mark Kamins
Producer [Additional] – Tuta Aquino
Written-By, Vocals, Artwork [Front Drawing] – Karen Finley

Made in Belgium
Marketed by Play It Again, Sam!, Brussels

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

B. Back

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
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

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

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

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13 Responses to “Karen Finley – Lick It! (Belgium 12″)”

  1. Jeff Says:

    I will ALWAYS CONTINUE TO SAY THIS: Paul!! I am forever grateful to you for all the love you show us music lovers!! WOW!! Again, a Karen Finley single I don’t have. I do know the song, courtesy of her album and a Razormaid! remix, but to have the original vinyl here ripped in such stellar sound with all the versions included and the great cover art, boy oh boy, I am so lucky! I just adore and love what you do. Your tastes are PHENOMENAL and run a serious varied spectrum of AWESOMENESS!! Phew! I feel the rush coming on strong!!

    I have to also comment that I love that this record is produced by Mark Kamins. He was always a favorite producer of mine. He was responsible for “Everybody” by Madonna, one of my favorite singles of her. He deserves a lot of credit for things that don’t get celebrated enough in my humble opinion. I loved him as a remixer too, with productions that you have showcased here on BTG. And he utilized the Latin Rascals on his 12-inches too. I’m so saddened that he’s no longer with us, but thanks to you, his work and artistry live on. Your postings and archival skills are to be commended and WORSHIPPED!!!

    Thanks Paul!!!



    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Jeff you always know exactly what to say. I appreciate you so much thanks for being so loyal. Hopefully others will give these tracks a spin 🙂



    VanceMan Reply:

    Ditto what Jeff said. Thank you, Paul.


  2. mothlooop Says:

    I was hoping you would put up this one as well. Gotta love it!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Enjoy Mothloop 🙂


  3. risildowgtn Says:

    hah knew this would be coming.. outstanding …. i shall be playin this loud when the god people who continually visit return to convert me hahahahahahah 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Have fun Risildowgtn 🙂


  4. Jay65 Says:

    Never knew of Karen Finley until now ! Very interesting records. Many thanks for introducing me to these Paul 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    you’re welcome Jay65 🙂


  5. Jermajesty Says:

    Only know this coz of the S-Express sample. 😀

    Can we call her a proto-Peaches???


  6. Phil Says:

    thankyou for the Karen Finley 12″s. I only really knew her from the Sinead O’Connor single, so it’s great to hear something I’ve never heard.


  7. Saucer People Says:

    Wow! First Tales Of Taboo and now Lick It! – A Karen Finley BTG double whammy! (a triple whammy actually, if you include your earlier SOC post). I can’t have heard this for over 25 years and yet I always marvel at the function of the brain that recalls every single line of the lyrics (which are pretty unforgettable, lets face it!).

    Drop That Ghetto Blaster! Ah, I hope S’Express paid some serious royalties for that one (though the original Karen Finley track itself samples the start of Rose Royce’s ‘Is It Love Your After’ intro so who knows!)


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