Bring King Geedorah back to life

MF DOOM — February 20, 2013 | Comments (16)

During the London riots of 2011, a three-story warehouse was burned to the ground, containing the vinyl catalog of over a hundred independent record labels including 4AD, Sub Pop, Domino and Ninja Tune. Due to the cost, time and care of pressing vinyl, many of the records lost in the fire are presumed to be out of print indefinitely. Among them were MF DOOM’s Take Me To Your Leader by his incarnation as King Geedorah, released by Ninja Tune/Big Dada in 2003.

Nearing the 10th anniversary of the album, the music service Beat Delete is spearheading an effort to repress the King Geedorah vinyl. Beat Delete does it like this: working with indie labels & indie artists, they make it possible for record buyers to request out of print titles. When they reach a certain threshold of requests, the record is brought back to life.

Request/buy at Beat Delete: King Geedorah Take Me To Your Leader

Take Me To Your Leader is arguably one of the best, but least appreciated DOOM albums. It’s a 13-track concept record, conceived, written, recorded, mixed and mastered by Villain Man himself. As DOOM puts it, “This whole album is Geedorah’s alien perspective on humans, to show the listener a mirror image of his/herself and the way we see each other.”

The record was made in the months when he was completing his “rap-for-hire” record Vaudeville Villain as Viktor Vaughn, and beginning work on Madvillainy with Madlib. At the time of the album’s release in summer 2003, DOOM was a mystery, as underground and independent as it gets, but it was the best album of the year as far as a few hip-hop heads were concerned. Mark Martelli, writing a 9/10 review of the album for Pitchfork, correctly predicted: “Heads will be discovering that album for the next ten years, and it’ll still sound fresh.”

16 Comments »

  1. Good shit.

    Comment by Sigh — February 20, 2013, 1:29 pm
  2. Love this album. So good. Fazers & Crazy World make my top 10 DOOM tracks. Let’s get this vinyl repressed peeps, £12 is a bargain. It would be 10X that much if you wanted one otherwise.

    Comment by Big Red Machine — February 20, 2013, 1:33 pm
  3. This, and VV2

    Comment by Mike — February 20, 2013, 1:38 pm
  4. YESSSSS!!! We been waitin for the Villain to bring deliverance from the dire straits…and while you’re at it, bring back Vik Vaughn too! That DOOM onslaught between 2003-2005 was epic!!! I copped all 8 of them CD’s…AND the “Occult Hymn” which I can’t even find no more.

    (Can you tell I’m a DOOM “stan?”

    Comment by !Ven-Tech? — February 20, 2013, 1:40 pm
  5. DOOM is top 5 in my book dead or alive…this doode is way ahead of his time…FAZERS is one of my favorite tacks and aside from Madvillainy & O.D. this is my next fav DOOM album…

    Comment by TOY-T — February 20, 2013, 1:42 pm
  6. Just to be clear, does paying the 12 pounds on beat delete actually buy you the album, or does it just fund the re-pressing? Is that cost basically a pre-order, or is it more of a kickstarter kind of deal?

    Comment by EindacorDS — February 20, 2013, 2:00 pm
  7. TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER. GET THIS SHIT REPUBLISHED.

    Comment by MACK_10_THE_KNIFE_JR — February 20, 2013, 2:01 pm
  8. Impressions baby, never has there been a doper piano sample over a funky snare/bassline, throw in sick flows, mad cadence that match the track perfectly, hip hop doesn’t get better..been a head since day 1 and this track is in permanent top 5 status

    Comment by Mackie_Mack — February 20, 2013, 2:46 pm
  9. Doom is the Miles Davis of our time.

    Comment by Hansi — February 20, 2013, 3:12 pm
  10. No brainer, get on this. It’s weird that it only took like 85 orders to make this press-able again. It’s already way past funded so if they’ve got it together over at beat delete then this is already gonna be pressed…wonder when they’ll stop taking orders?

    Comment by Swamp — February 20, 2013, 4:52 pm
  11. DOOM iiiis, the Miles Davis of Hip Hop

    Comment by Mpho — February 20, 2013, 7:03 pm
  12. So glad I bought this when it first came out (bought it in London in 2003) and I’m in for the double up now. Definitely one of my favourite DOOM projects.

    Comment by Smells — February 20, 2013, 7:29 pm
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  14. too bad beat delete’s website is shit. I’ve been trying to order this for the past six hours (not continuously hahh) page won’t resolve. I want me some Geedorah damn it

    Comment by not totally bogus — February 23, 2013, 10:35 am
  15. I think the website in question is heaving with hits, hence why it’s struggling to perform.

    Comment by Gold Tooth Rat — February 24, 2013, 12:58 am
  16. Daaamn this my joint.. banged this all thru out high school.

    Comment by Deon Jackson — March 18, 2013, 4:14 pm

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