Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Blacklist Studio

Blacklist Studio was a group of Taiwanese musicians who came together and released a ground-breaking album in 1989 called ''Songs of Madness'' . Reportedly five years in the making, this work came out at a critical juncture in , two years after the lifting of the decades-long martial law. The album was critical in the formation of the genre known as New Taiwanese Song.

Its members included Wang Ming Hui and Chen Ming Chang .

The first album's notes reveal the seriousness with which the group assessed its own role in Taiwan's musical development. They believed that Taiwanese music ought to reflect the times, that it was important for the new generations to "correctly" see the relationship between the mother tongue and themselves. Unlike virtually all other previous works, their songs sought to engage post-World War II social changes in a frank, way.

The songs' styles cover Taiwanese folk, , and . One song has a clip of the Republic of China national anthem. Another samples environmental sounds from the street. Most of the songs told stories, sometimes through humorous or ironic dialogues between ordinary citizens. is used exclusively in all of the songs.


''Songs of Madness''

The titles below are official ones provided by Rock Records:

# Imperial Taipei
# Mad
# Too Sad to Speak
# Papa's Words
# Dragon Festival Celebration
# Taxi
# A Democracy Bumpkin
# Shin-chuang Street
# Sow a Seed


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