[Daily article] February 20: Maxinquaye

Maxinquaye is the debut album by English rapper and producer Tricky
(pictured), released on 20 February 1995. By the time he recorded the
album, Tricky had grown frustrated with his limited role in the group
Massive Attack and had discovered vocalist Martina Topley-Bird, who he
felt would offer another dimension to his lyrics. He signed a solo
contract with 4th & B’way Records in 1993 and recorded Maxinquaye the
following year primarily at his home studio in London with Topley-Bird
as the predominant vocalist. The record’s groove-oriented and low-tempo
sound incorporates elements from hip hop, soul, rock, ambient techno,
reggae, and experimental music. The songs explore themes of cultural
decline, dysfunctional sexual relationships, fear of intimacy, and
recreational drug use. In writing them, Tricky drew on his experiences
in the British drug culture and the influence of his late mother Maxine
Quaye, after whom the album is titled. The album has sold 500,000 copies
worldwide and has ranked frequently on greatest-album lists, being
viewed as a significant influence on electronica, underground, and
British hip hop.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Italian composer Gioachino Rossini’s opera buffa The Barber of
Seville was hissed at by the audience during its debut at the Teatro
Argentina in Rome.


Polish insurgents led an uprising in the Free City of Kraków
to incite a fight for national independence that was put down by the
Austrian Empire nine days later.


American Civil War: The Union suffered one of its bloodiest
losses at the Battle of Olustee near Lake City, Florida.


A fissure opened in a cornfield in the Mexican state of
Michoacán and turned into the cinder cone volcano Parícutin, which
continued to erupt for nine years, growing 424 m (1,391 ft).


The Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast voted to secede from
Azerbaijan and join Armenia, triggering the Nagorno-Karabakh War.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

down but not out:
Temporarily incapacitated but not permanently defeated.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  You just never know. You drift along, year after year, presuming
certain values to be fixed; like being able to drive on a public
thoroughfare without somebody trying to murder you. You came to depend
on that sort of thing. Then something occurs and all bets are off. One
shocking incident and all the years of logic and acceptance are
displaced and, suddenly, the jungle is in front of you again. Man, part
animal, part angel.  
–Richard Matheson

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