Aphex Twin - Girl/Boy EPReleasedate Aug 19th, 1996
Label WARP RECORDS
Available formats CD/LP
01. Girl/Boy Song [4:47]
02. Milk Man [3:44]
03. Inkey$ [1:21]
04. Girl/Boy Song (snare rush mix) [1:45]
05. Beetles [1:26]
06. Girl/Boy Song (redruth mix) [1:17]
The reason Richard came up with that is because he thinks some tracks are girl tracks and some are boy tracks. Maybe "Girl/Boy Song" is both.
"Yeah, probably," Richard says. "Well, my mum doesn't find it offensive. My girlfriend sings it while she's out shopping. I made it after Tom [Jenkinson] said, 'It's all very well making all this jungle, but could we make a proper pop song?' So I went and did one." The vocals for the track were modulated entirely on the computer.
INKEY$ is a command in the BASIC computer language. It is a device I/O function that reads a character from the keyboard. It INputs a KEY and sends it to a STRING variable. Properly pronounced 'IN-key-string,' it is also referred to simply as 'IN-key.'
Correctly stated, the question is "Where is 'Redruth'?" because Redruth, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom, is actually a place.
The cover of 'Girl/Boy EP' and the inside artwork for the US release of 'Richard D. James Album' feature a photograph of a gravestone inscribed with:
RICHARD JAMES NOV 23, 1968
It is his brother's grave (who died three years before Richard was born). When Richard D. was born, his mother named him Richard David James, the same name basically. "So I always felt guilty about it," Richard admits, "'cause I nicked his name. So the single is basically him, and the album is me. "It used to freak me out, 'cause my mom had a photo of this gravestone in her room, and when I looked at it when I was young, I didn't understand, why is there a gravestone with my name on it? I didn't realise, until I was older, who it was. The photo just freaks me out a bit. It's not every day that you can look at a gravestone with your name on it." Though he has never actually seen the grave in Canada. He doesn't even know where it is! "Richard D. James is the difference between me and him. Like the 'D' makes the whole difference, and I did it for him 'cause I always felt guilty, and it's like I wanted to give him something back, something he would be remembered by. So I wanted the photo. I'm not really fucked up about it, but it's always like been on my mind kind of thing: pointing out the difference between the two. As a tribute mainly." "Mom and I were talking about it the other day," says Richard. "She didn't see it as him dying. It's pretty fucking weird, actually, which is why I like [the photograph]. She basically decided I was going to be Richard James before I was born, not afterward. I can totally understand why she did it; she didn't want to accept the death of the child." "That's why I'm the Aphex Twin," he claims. "I feel as if I nicked his identity. I reckon he looks after me, like a guardian angel."