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Classic Album Review: Cornelius | CM / FM

The Japanese avant-popster dishes it out & takes it with two new remix albums.

This came out in 1999 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Sure, he borrowed his name from Roddy MacDowall’s Planet Of The Apes hero.

But Japanese avant-popster Keigo (Cornelius) Oyamada is just as much a packrat as an ape, obsessively hoarding shiny musical trinkets and then fashioning them into bizarre imitations of American pop in his freaky, no-holds-barred style. On two new remix EPs titled CM (Cornelius Mix) and FM (Fantasma Mix), he proves he can take it as well as dish it out. On CM, our hero does that voodoo that he does so well to cuts by artists like Money Mark, Pastels, U.N.K.L.E., Coldcut, Buffalo Daughter and The High Llamas, accessorizing their tracks with cartoon boings and mind-bending studio weirdness. Then, FM finds him turning the cheek and letting those same artists monkey with tunes from his Fantasma album. Which is better? Well, let’s just say the rest of the bunch goes ape with style — but Cornelius is definitely top banana.