About Group | RUG397 | Released: 14/03/11
"You’re No Good" is a re-versioning of Terry Riley’s landmark 1967 track, on which the minimalist composer took Harvey Averne’s latin-tinged soul track, "You’re No Good", and turned it into a free flowing piece of tape loop improvisation. Running two copies of the track alongside one another, Riley weaved between the tapes, dropping out and slowing down the song to create what may well have been the world’s first ever remix.
Playing a live version of "You're No Good" in the studio, About Group take the same approach as Riley but in real-time. Cutting accross the basic structure of the track to firstly deconstruct it down to its raw parts before building up to create a loose kind of pop improv.
The result is an eleven minute space jam that combines Riley’s experimentation, with the street-level funkiness of the original Harvey Averne recording.