7. Girl Talk - All Day
Like his spiritual brethren Andrew WK and the cartoon leopard from those Cheetos ads (or is it a cheeta? That would make sense. Ah, apparently it is, his name is Chester. Apologies Chester), Gregg Gillis is concerned with only one thing; you doing things that are fun. In a way it’s a remarkably selfless act. Other artists have messages to convey, egos to stroke, emotions to express, but play a Girl Talk record and the only message you’ll receive is one of pure, unrestrained hedonism, and All Day is no exception.
Eyebrows have been raised at it’s pacing, and compared to the frenzied, hectic Night Ripper it is certainly sluggish, but I’d argue that is a good thing. It’s nice to be able to enjoy a particularly clever juxtaposition without having to constantly rewind through the same 5 and a half seconds, and there are some absolutely inspired ones here. Granted, it also means having to sit through bits that don’t work long enough to get annoyed by them, a problem that his earlier works never faced, and which definitely hurts All Day, especially on the inexplicably clunky first few minutes (the source, I suspect, of many a lazy panning), but once things start cooking even the lesser minutes flow by with Gillis’s signature seamlessness. Figuring out what to play at a party has never been easier.