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International UD Fans

Post  dereklipkin on Sat Jul 30, 2011 8:38 pm

To all my fellow Ducklings across the pond and worldwide, I'm interested to hear your thoughts on this question: how did you come to love UD? I find it very interesting that UD has such a global reach, given the limited reach they seem to have in the US.

That's not a dig at UD; I would love for them to be the top rap crew that everyone in America loves, but they just don't have the following of other acts. But it feels like the UK UD scene, or the Japanese UD scene, is just absolutely popping. Maybe that is just a misguided sense, and there is a comparably sized following in other countries?

Let me know if I should clarify my questions. Thanks!

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Post  Tad Allagash on Sun Jul 31, 2011 6:49 pm

A DJ played The Confrontation. He gave me a CD of his set and I looked it up.

I have many theories about why some crews do better in the UK than in the US, but they're probably nonsense. However, one reason in UD's case is almost certainly the refreshing lack of bullshit.

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Post  Pidge on Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:37 am

The did a live session on a national radio station back at the end of the 90s, maybe 2000. I was listening already when my best mate text me and said 'have you heard these guys on Radio 1?". The rest is history.

I have to say that they're not exactly mainstream over here. I don't remember them getting any radio support since 'Get Ready'.

All credit to the guys for continuing to tour! So many acts will do three dates and call it a UK tour. London, Manchester and Glasgow are all a long way from me! I think because UD take the time to visit so many cities, heads take the time to go to the shows, buy the records and wear the t-shirts.

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Post  Andy on Fri Aug 05, 2011 2:30 pm

When I got bored with rap I was listening to at the time (anything that was on mtv basically) I started looking through tons of albums on amazon just looking for something else, listening to the 30 second samples, Came across the Journey To Anywhere album and loved what I heard from the samples.

I went to my local store the next day and amazingly they had it in stock.

I bought Journey To Anywhere and Blazing Arrow by Blackalicious at the same time. What a day that was, What a day! Very Happy I havent looked back since!

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Post  Marcus on Sat Aug 06, 2011 1:58 pm

hey everybody,

i got into UD while i was checkin' some new LPs at my record dealer back in '99. i love comics and comic art, so i found that UD LP really interesting (just talking bout the cover) and i bought it without listening to it. at home i had such a blast, which held on until today. after i've bought the first record blind, i've never listened to a new UD release before i've bought it! it's just great to come home and put that thing on the player, don't know what's coming... but you can expect one thing, that's for sure: best quality!

hope my english is quite understandable, i'm from germany actually... sooooo... i try my best! ;-)

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Post  appliedthought on Sat Aug 06, 2011 5:30 pm

I first got into UD a couple of years ago by chance. They were doing a set locally to me and my good friend illlogickill invited me to go see them. Had such a good night and ended up chatting to Andy after the show.

So glad they're coming back to my local venue.

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Post  illlogickill on Sun Aug 07, 2011 6:23 am

A friend of mine at the time had the Meat Shake CD and played it to death, then a few years later I found out UD were playing Stratford-Upon-Avon, so grabbed a few friends and headed out to the show and I haven't looked back since. I still need to expand my UD CD collection, I hope UD are bringing some CD's/T-shirts to the UK tour.

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Post  LA_83 on Sun Aug 07, 2011 9:46 am

I used to skateboard day in day out and I bought an issue of 411vm which is a skateboarding DVD mag from the states. I think it was a Bam Margera issue? Anyway one of the tracks used on it was Energy Drink and Taste the Secret was listed as the album taken from. The artwork stuck in my head as I thought it was a clever look and concept for an album. Was in my local record shop browsing through the tiny hip hop section and found taste the secret with the leftovers cd too, bought it, banged it and loved it.

Went to Cardiff to watch them play with Gaint Panda (another group I hadn't heard of put fell in love with) and my mate was too wrecked and couldn't get in. He snuck in via roofs of the uni bar and ended up in there backstage room smashed out his head! I believe he called Andy a pussy as he refused to get him in! I happened to stay correct and enjoyed the whole night! Year later I took my mate along again to see UD in bournemouth, he apologised to Andy for his actions and got his Bang for the buck CD signed " To Pussy from Andy ".

I find UD to be down to earth and easily one of the best acts to see live. They respect there fans and make what I like to call Happy Hip Hop which always reminds me of great memory's and times had by me and my mates.

Roll on October!



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Post  armchair.pimp on Sun Aug 07, 2011 9:50 am

Can't honestly remember where/when I heard UD first.. but what I do know is that it kind of feels 'by the fans.. for the fans.. for the love of the music'.. rather than 'follow the latest trend to make the money'.. the whole UD set-up, to me, is everything that I came to love about hip-hop.. rather than what's it's become in the mainstream ( I lost heart when hip-hop went gangster and every actor got involved in the game... where did the skills go?!!)

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Post  Marcus on Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:49 am

armchair.pimp wrote:Can't honestly remember where/when I heard UD first.. but what I do know is that it kind of feels 'by the fans.. for the fans.. for the love of the music'.. rather than 'follow the latest trend to make the money'.. the whole UD set-up, to me, is everything that I came to love about hip-hop.. rather than what's it's become in the mainstream ( I lost heart when hip-hop went gangster and every actor got involved in the game... where did the skills go?!!)

word!

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Post  joseph on Sun Aug 07, 2011 6:44 pm

My dad put me on to UD strangely enough. I think "eye on the gold chain" must have had some plays on xfm or something, I remember him having a copy of "journey to anywhere" LOVED IT! still one of my favourite records. Definitely one of my favourite acts to see live too. can't wait for october.

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Post  dereklipkin on Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:53 am

Glad to see so many replies! I suppose I did have this image in my head that UD was huge outside the States, almost on par with Top 40 hitmakers. But dope to see that they get fans abroad the same way they get fans back home.

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Post  petee on Sun Nov 06, 2011 5:44 pm

read a review of their first album in jockey slut(sadly now defunct) uk magazine when straight out and bought it and that was that

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Uk fan

Post  mrmonkeyshoes on Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:28 am

hi all i live in Yorkshire England,

I first came across UD back in the 90's, i was given a tape that had come from the U.S. with the song "Einstein's taking off" in a mix, but no tack listing so 5 days and about £20 in calls (playing the tune down the phone to people) i found Ugly Duckling and the rest is ... well another story Smile

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Post  turntablist on Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:24 pm

DJ Yoda's How To Cut & Paste is where it all started for me!

First track I heard was Eye on the Gold Chain the 92 remix and I was hooked.

T

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Post  gary barry gordon on Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:45 pm

turntablist wrote:DJ Yoda's How To Cut & Paste is where it all started for me!

First track I heard was Eye on the Gold Chain the 92 remix and I was hooked.

T
HA! Me too! Then I saw Meatshake & recognised the name and so it began.

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Post  petee on Fri Jan 06, 2012 3:42 pm

they had a review in an old uk magazine called jockey slut for 'journey to anywhere' and the journalist nalied their sound so well that i had to hear them , back then it was all gangsta horseshit and UD were a breath of fresh air

jockey slut said 'Putting the playground back into the old school'

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