By Ed Zahniser
Decades before customized playlists there was Ray Baby. Decades before there was no iThing but iHOP, there was Ray Baby, aficionado and uber-hysterian of the Civil Wart. Ray Baby cut his playlist iTeeth in the sweet biz of 8-bit Atari “software sharing.” He early joined regionally renowned Saturday Morning Club, hosted by Mumford “Muddy” Littlewood. “Muddy was an 8-bit character with 16-bit dreams,” Ray Baby later said. “Easy as slipping a disk, software cascaded from I don’t know where into iDon’t KnowWare.” By contrast, Ray Baby modeled dignity and a probing rectitude. Sampled here are songs from one such vintage playlist suggestive of dynamic hints of a self-possessed aromatic graphic design bouquet.
“UniGrid Qui Mal y Grind”
Its title a play on the Middle French Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense (Evil is in the Mind of the Beholder), this song was originally scored in Italy with Swiss influences whisked across the border in a vintage Fiat by a full-service graphic designer about to tell the entire world to “Go to Helvetica.” Massive Vanilla, a revival group fronted by roots-rocker Mica el Bayroot, here hews to the original grand design.
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