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Music / A Man Called Adam

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Chillout pioneers. Released a load of singles (and remixes) and three albums: The Apple, Duende and a half-new, half-best-of collection All My Favourite....


  • Breakup Breakout: Paul Daley, who played percussion in an early line-up of the band, went on to greater fame with Leftfield.
  • Cover Version: "Musica De Amor" (original by Lloyd Price, via another cover by Sergio Mendez), "Que Tal America" (Two Man Sound).
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  • Genre Shift: In 1988 they were a funky jazz ensemble. By 1990 they'd gone futurist disco, and by 1994 they had largely settled down to the chillout style they're most famed for (but with the occasional throwback to their earlier material). In The New '10s they've turned rather avant garde.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: "Musica De Amor", which is a cover of an English-language song "Love Music".
  • Magic from Technology: Though it's not explained what "The Chrono Psionic Interface" is or does, it seems to be an example of this.
  • Out-of-Genre Experience: Duende is a very chilled-out album full of Silly Love Songs and hippy meanderings... except that right in the middle there's suddenly a weird and harsh track "It's Ovah" that sounds like a mix of hip-hop and electro circa 1982 and topped with uncharacteristic lashings of lyrical snark.
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  • Shout-Out: A Man Called Adam and the song title "Bread, Love and Dreams" are pinched from films, "Barefoot In The Head" comes from a novel by Brian Aldiss.
  • Silly Love Songs: "Porcupine", "Estelle"
  • Stock Sound Effects: those waves at the end of "Barefoot In The Head".
  • Unplugged Version: "Barefoot In The Head 04".