History Music / AphexTwin

17th Apr '17 12:10:30 PM stuffedninja
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** "Windowlicker" is actually a MeaningfulName; the French term for window shopping is "faire du lèche-vitrine", which literally translates to "licking the windows".



* HiddenDepths: Besides producing music, Richard's also a pretty good singer (as shown in "Milkman" and "Beetles") and apparently painted the painting of him that's on the cover of '''I Care Because You Do''.



* ItsAllAboutMe: Ridiculously exaggerated in the "Windowlicker" video to show how ridiculous the trope's use in rap videos is.



* MeaningfulName: "Windowlicker". The French term for window shopping is "faire du lèche-vitrine", which literally translates to "licking the windows", while the song name also ties into the derogatory epithet.



* OverlyLongGag: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=JAt6jpBmHHM#t=225s Windowlicker video]] has two: the conversation between the two guys, and eventually the two girls...which goes on for nearly FOUR MINUTES; and Richard's limo.

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The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=JAt6jpBmHHM#t=225s Windowlicker video]] has two: the conversation between the two guys, and eventually the two girls...which goes on for nearly FOUR MINUTES; and Richard's limo.



* TakeThat: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P3Wc-37pC4 The music video for "Windowlicker"]] parodies rap music videos. In the video, Richard displays an absurdly rich and powerful pimp who arrives in a limo that takes [[AbsurdlyLongLimousine 20 seconds to fully display onscreen]].
** One who did an interview with Richard D. James said that "Come To Daddy" and "Windowlicker" feel respectively like take-thats to BlackMetal and rap music.
** One could interpret "Come To Daddy" as a TakeThat to DeathMetal.

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* TakeThat: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P3Wc-37pC4 The music video for "Windowlicker"]] parodies rap music videos. In the video, Richard displays an absurdly rich and powerful pimp who arrives in a limo that takes [[AbsurdlyLongLimousine 20 seconds to fully display onscreen]].
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One who did an interview with Richard D. James said that "Come To Daddy" and "Windowlicker" feel respectively like take-thats to BlackMetal and rap music.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P3Wc-37pC4 The music video for "Windowlicker"]] parodies rap music videos, especially the infamous misogynistic sort. The video begins with two young men that would probably be the stars of any other rap videos that can't go for five seconds without cursing and talking about how they want to fuck bitches; it drags on to the point of absurdity, showing how ridiculous it truly is. They then try to pick up two women on the sidewalk. In a normal rap video, they'd probably score the women, but in this video [[RealityEnsues they get shot down]]. And then Richard hijacks the video, portraying an absurdly rich and powerful pimp who arrives in a limo that takes [[AbsurdlyLongLimousine 20 seconds to fully display onscreen]], and ends up getting a gaggle of women who [[ButterFace all have his face]] in probably an ultimate exaggeration of the typical egotism shown in rap videos.
** One could interpret "Come To Daddy" as a TakeThat to DeathMetal.DeathMetal, especially with Richard describing it when he came up with it as a "crappy death metal jingle".



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-->''COME ON YOU CUNT, LET'S HAVE SOME APHEX ACID!''
8th Apr '17 3:43:04 AM Q4
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* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: It's bad enough that he has songs called things like "Cunt", "Death Fuck" and "Come On You Slags", not to mention things like "Backdoor.Spybooter.A" and ""[=PWSteal.Bancos.Q=]". But it's taken UpToEleven with titles like "Kladfvgbung Micshk", "[=Beskhu3epnm=]", and "s950tx16wasr10". Not forgetting the one that's a complex mathematical equation, or the entire album where all the titles are blurry photographs. Or of course the many tracks with NoTitle at all.
7th Apr '17 2:24:12 AM Q4
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** Several of the titles on ''Hangable Auto Bulb'' and ''I Care Because You Do'' are anagrams of phrases pertinent to Aphex Twin.

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** Several of the titles on ''Hangable Auto Bulb'' and ''I Care Because You Do'' are [[SignificantAnagram anagrams of phrases pertinent to to]] Aphex Twin.
6th Apr '17 2:45:19 PM Q4
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** Several tracks on ''Drukqs'' are in Welsh.

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** Several tracks track titles on ''Drukqs'' are in Welsh.Cornish. Throughout his career there have also been numerous titles referring to places in Cornwall.
6th Apr '17 11:18:09 AM Willbyr
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* CrossReferencedTitles:
** "Blue Calx" on ''SAW Volume II'', "Yellow Calx" on ''Richard D. James Album'', "Green Calx" on ''SAW 85-92'', and "4 Red Calx" from his Soundcloud tracks.
** ''SAW Volume II'' had many examples of this trope:
*** Some tracks have titles associated with nature ("Grass", "Tree", "Lichen").
*** Disc 1 had "Weathered Stone" while Disc 2 had "Stone in Focus".
*** Disc 1's closing track was "White Blur 1", and Disc 2's penultimate track was "White Blur 2".
*** Then again, ''he'' didn't give them those titles (or any titles at all), they're all AscendedFanon.

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CrossReferencedTitles: "Blue Calx" on ''SAW Volume II'', "Yellow Calx" on ''Richard D. James Album'', "Green Calx" on ''SAW 85-92'', and "4 Red Calx" from his Soundcloud tracks.
** ''SAW Volume II'' had many examples of this trope:
*** Some tracks have titles associated with nature ("Grass", "Tree", "Lichen").
*** Disc 1 had "Weathered Stone" while Disc 2 had "Stone in Focus".
*** Disc 1's closing track was "White Blur 1", and Disc 2's penultimate track was "White Blur 2".
*** Then again, ''he'' didn't give them those titles (or any titles at all), they're all AscendedFanon.
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6th Apr '17 10:53:27 AM Q4
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*** Then again, ''he'' didn't give them those titles (or any titles at all), they're all AscendedFanon.
14th Mar '17 12:20:46 PM stuffedninja
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* CameraAbuse: ''Rubber Johnny'' contains several moments where Johnny graphically smashes his face into the screen as if it was made from glass.


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* NothingIsScarier: The original 30-second commercial form of ''Rubber Johnny'' has a lot of this due to the lack of explanation for the visuals. The regular short film version also has some, mainly with the relatively uneventful beginning and ending. The ending is especially creepier due to the use of the '"Drukqs'' track "[=Gwarek2=]" over the credits.
14th Mar '17 12:16:06 PM stuffedninja
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* AudienceSurrogate: The chihuahua in ''Rubber Johnny'' (a short film created by Chris Cunningham and scored by Richard) acts as this, with shots of him cleverly being used as reaction shots to Johnny's antics so as to get the audience to empathize with the situation.
14th Mar '17 12:13:29 PM stuffedninja
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* DeconReconSwitch: As a critique of the rap videos that were coming out at the time, the "Windowlicker" video starts by deconstructing the average rap video's tropes with two foul-mouthed young men coming across two women that they try to woo. In any other rap video, they'd probably join them. In this video, they repeatedly shoot them down, which is when Richard comes in and provides a ridiculously exaggerated reconstruction, with the women that accompany him [[ItsAllAboutMe all bearing his face]].
1st Mar '17 2:22:52 PM stuffedninja
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* BreadEggsMilkSquick.

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* BreadEggsMilkSquick. BreadEggsMilkSquick:



* HumanoidAbomination: How Richard D, James often likes to portray himself and others in his videos.

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* HumanoidAbomination: How Richard D, D. James often likes to portray himself and others in his videos.



* LightIsNotGood: In 'Windowlicker', James' clothes, umbrella and limo are stark white.

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* LightIsNotGood: In 'Windowlicker', James' clothes, umbrella umbrella, and limo are stark white.



** James' iconic unnerving smile, which seems to look creepy however it is depicted; just plain and pressed up to the camera (''Richard D. James Album''), in an oil painting (''...I Care Because You Do''), pasted onto children (''Come to Daddy''), and even onto bikini-clad women (''Windowlicker'').

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** James' iconic unnerving smile, which seems to look creepy however it is depicted; just plain and pressed up to the camera (''Richard D. James Album''), in an oil painting (''...I Care Because You Do''), pasted onto children (''Come to Daddy''), and even pasted onto bikini-clad women (''Windowlicker'').



** "Windowlicker": filmed in Los Angeles. The video starts with two men (a black guy and a Latin-American guy) who [[SirSwearsALot love to swear]], who then meet two sexy prostitutes. The two men want to have sex with the two girls, but the latter reject them because of their bad behavior. An heated discussion starts, which is then interrupted by the arrival of Richard D. James, depicted as a ridiculously rich pimp, who manages to score both of the women. The rest of the video will probably make you say "WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs".
* OverlyLongGag: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=JAt6jpBmHHM#t=225s Windowlicker video]] has two: the conversation between the two rappers, and eventually the two girls...which goes on for nearly FOUR MINUTES; and Richard's limo.

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** "Windowlicker": filmed in Los Angeles. The video starts with two men (a black guy and a Latin-American guy) who [[SirSwearsALot love to swear]], who then meet two sexy prostitutes. The two men want to have sex with the two girls, but the latter reject them because of their bad behavior. An A heated discussion starts, which is then interrupted by the arrival of Richard D. James, depicted as a ridiculously rich pimp, who manages to score both of the women. The rest of the video will probably make you say "WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs".
* {{Overcrank}}: The "Windowlicker" video ends with a group of women [[ItMakesSenseInContext that all have Richard's face]] dancing in slow-motion on Santa Monica Beach. It's strangely climactic.
* OverlyLongGag: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=JAt6jpBmHHM#t=225s Windowlicker video]] has two: the conversation between the two rappers, guys, and eventually the two girls...which goes on for nearly FOUR MINUTES; and Richard's limo.
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