Duck Rock

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Duck Rock
Duck Rock.jpg
Studio album by Malcolm McLaren
Released January 1983
Recorded 1982
Genre World music,[1] hip hop[1]
Length 43:36
Label Charisma, Island, Atco, Atlantic
Producer Trevor Horn
Malcolm McLaren
Malcolm McLaren chronology
Duck Rock
Singles from Duck Rock
  1. "Buffalo Gals"
    Released: 1982
  2. "Soweto"
    Released: 1983
  3. "Double Dutch"
    Released: 1983
  4. "Duck for the Oyster"
    Released: December 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rap Reviews (8/10)[2]
Robert Christgau (B+)[3]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars

Duck Rock is an album released by British impresario Malcolm McLaren In 1983. The album mixes up styles from South Africa, Central, and South America, the Caribbean, and the US, including hip hop. The album proved to be highly influential in bringing hip hop to a wider audience in the UK. Two of the singles from the album ("Buffalo Gals" and "Double Dutch") became major chart hits on both sides of the Atlantic. Duck Rock was dedicated to Harry McClintock, better known as Haywire Mac. The album artwork was designed by Dondi White and Nick Egan, with the illustration by Keith Haring.

Guest musicians featured on this album include Trevor Horn, Anne Dudley, J. J. Jeczalik, and Thomas Dolby. Side recordings that Horn, Dudley and Jeczalik made in between takes of Duck Rock would eventually become the first album of the Art of Noise. Clips of the World's Famous Supreme Team radio show appear between songs, which made the album one of the earliest recordings on which members of the Nation of Gods and Earths appear.

Duck Rock ultimately became a critical favourite, having garnered such accolades as BBC Two's Critical Music label[4] and others.[5] However, Robert Christgau criticised McLaren and Horn for failing to give credit to the South African musicians involved in the recording,[6] such as Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens. The Mbaqanga group the Boyoyo Boys took legal action against Mclaren over the similarity of "Double Dutch" with its own hit "Puleng." After a lengthy legal battle in the UK, the matter was settled out of court, with payment made to the South African copyright holders, songwriter Petrus Maneli and publisher Gallo Music, but Horn and Mclaren retained their songwriting credits.[7]

In 2013, NME ranked the album at 298 in its list of greatest albums of all time.[8]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Obatala (La Republica Dominicana)" Horn, McLaren 4:17
2. "Buffalo Gals" Dudley, Horn, McLaren 4:22
3. "Double Dutch" Horn, McLaren 5:53
4. "El San Juanera" Horn, McLaren 1:56
5. "Merengue" Horn, McLaren 3:52
6. "Punk it Up" Horn, McLaren 4:11
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Legba" Horn, McLaren 4:03
8. "Jive My Baby" Horn, McLaren 5:35
9. "Song for Chango" Horn, McLaren 2:49
10. "(living on the road in) Soweto" Horn, McLaren 3:53
11. "World's Famous" Dudley, McLaren 1:41
12. "Duck for the Oyster" Horn, McLaren 2:57

More tracks[edit]

  1. "Buffalo Gals – Special Stereo Scratch Mix" (Horn, Dudley, McLaren)
  2. "Zulus on a Time Bomb" (Horn, McLaren)
  3. "She's Looking Like a Hobo" (Horn, McLaren)
  4. "Double Dutch – New Dance Mix" (Horn, McLaren)
  5. "Roly Poly" (Horn, McLaren)
  6. "D'ya like Scratchin'? – with the Red River Gals" (Horn, Dudley, McLaren)
  7. "World's Famous – Radio ID" (Horn, Dudley, McLaren)
  8. "Buffalo Gals - Trad. Square" (Horn, McLaren)
  9. "Hobo Scratch" (Horn, McLaren)
  10. "Hobo Scratch (Long Edit.)" (Horn, McLaren)
  11. "D'ya like Scratchin'? - Special Version" (Horn, Dudley, McLaren)


  • Malcolm Mclaren – figure caller, singer (known as Talcy Malcy)
  • Sedivine the Mastermind – DJ, rapper (known as Divine)
  • Just Allah the Superstar – DJ, rapper (known as Justice)
  • Trevor Horn – producer, beats, mixing - (Art of Noise)
  • Anne Dudley – arranger, keyboards, string arrangements - (Art of Noise)
  • Thomas Dolby – keyboards
  • Gary Langan – Jew's harp, engineer - (Art of Noise)
  • J.J. Jeczalik – synthesizer - (Art of Noise)
  • David Birch – guitar
  • Louis Jordan – percussion
  • Keith Haring – illustration
  • Dondi White – graffiti
  • Nick Egan – cover design
  • Marketed By – Charisma Records Ltd.
  • Manufactured By – Phonogram Ltd.
  • Distributed By – Phonogram Ltd.
  • Mastered At – The Town House
  • additional musicians uncredited – backing vocals, bass guitar



  1. ^ a b c "Duck Rock" by AMG. Retrieved on 13 August 2009
  2. ^ "Rap Reviews review". 23 November 2004. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Robert Christgau review". Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Duck Rock". Acclaimed Music. Retrieved 13 July 2008. 
  6. ^ "Consumer Guide Aug. 30, 1983". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Jackson, Leon. "The Boyoyo Boys – Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 May 2016. Retrieved 2016-06-13. 

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