Transmutation (Mutatis Mutandis)

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Transmutation (Mutatis Mutandis)
Studio album by Praxis
Released September 8, 1992
Genre Funk metal, experimental, experimental rock, dub, alternative metal
Length 56:45
Label Axiom
Producer Bill Laswell
Praxis chronology
Transmutation (Mutatis Mutandis)
(1992)
A Taste of Mutation
(1992)
Singles from Praxis
  1. "Animal Behavior"
    Released: 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Wilson & Alroy 4.5/5 stars[2]

Transmutation (Mutatis Mutandis) is the first album by Bill Laswell's everchanging "supergroup" Praxis. The album was released in 1992 and features Buckethead on guitar, Bootsy Collins on bass and vocals, Brain on drums, Bernie Worrell on keyboards and DJ AF Next Man Flip on turntables and mixer.

Transmutation features a wide range of musical styles, all mixed together to make a very diverse and unique album. Styles such as heavy metal, funk, hip hop, ambient, jazz and blues are blended together to form a strange style of avant-garde, with extended guitar and keyboard solos, and highly improvised passages.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Blast/War Machine Dub"   3:51
2. "Interface/Stimulation Loop"   2:17
3. "Crash Victim/Black Science Navigator"   3:42
4. "Animal Behavior"   7:09
5. "Dead Man Walking"   5:14
6. "Seven Laws of Woo"   5:05
7. "The Interworld and the New Innocence"   6:29
8. "Giant Robot/Machines in the Modern City/Godzilla"   6:38
9. "After Shock (Chaos Never Died)"   16:20

Note: Track 8 starts out with the Giant Robot theme, that is also featured on Buckethead's Bucketheadland album. The track also contains a version of one of the many themes Akira Ifukube wrote for Toho production's Godzilla films.

Personnel[edit]

  • Recorded at Greenpoint Studios, Brooklyn, New York.
  • Conceived and constructed by Bill Laswell.
"Animal Behavior"
Single by Praxis
from the album Transmutation (Mutatis Mutandis)
Released 1992 (1992)
Format CD single
Genre Funk metal, experimental rock
Length 11:44
Label Axiom
Writer(s) Bill Laswell, Buckethead, Bootsy Collins
Producer(s) Bill Laswell

Animal Behavior single[edit]

Animal Behavior is the first and only single by supergroup Praxis. The song was a natural choice to promote the band's debut album as well as Bill Laswell's new label Axiom since it was the only song of the album to contain lyrics.[3] The vocals were done by former P-Funk member Bootsy Collins who also plays "space bass" while his P-Funk colleague Bernie Worrell can be heard on keyboards. Furthermore the core members, San Francisco Bay Area musicians Bryan "Brain" Mantia (drums) and Buckethead (guitars) plus mastermind Bill Laswell (samples) were reinforced by turntablist Af Next Man Flip (aka Afrika Baby Bam of the Jungle Brothers).

The single includes three different versions of the title track written by Collins, Laswell and Buckethead,[4] an edited album version from Transmutation (Mutatis Mutandis), a short radio edit and a third version that was used for the music video. The original seven minute album version was also released on the EP A Taste of Mutation in the same year and later included to the Axiom compilation Funkcronomicon in 1995 while the video edit was re-released in 1993 on Manifestation: Axiom Collection II.[5] The song also was included as the last part of the suite "Cosmic Trigger" on the album Axiom Ambient - Lost in the Translation in 1994.[6][7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Animal Behavior (Radio Version)"   2:51
2. "Animal Behavior (Album Version)"   4:08
3. "Animal Behavior (Transmutation Video Version)"   4:45

Video[edit]

A video was released for promoting the album and single. It features frequent scenes shot in night vision, footage of guitarist Buckethead moving around and a monster made out of trash. When singer Bootsy Collins starts singing the first verse, another monster made out of soda cans appears. The video later shows how Buckethead fights the first robot with his severed hand but the monster manages to decapitate him. After that the band is shown playing the song in night vision. A scarecrow with a square head appears when the mellow part of the song starts. The members of the band are shown against a sunset background. The video ends with still shots of all the band members and the music fading out.[8] The video clip was played on MTV's Amp[9][10] and was included in Buckethead's 2006 DVD Secret Recipe.

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