02 June 2012


 Not in Kansas Anymore
Play With Toys


by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Basehead is the creation of Michael Ivey, a middle-class suburban kid from Maryland. Ivey recorded the bulk of Basehead's 1992 debut, Plays With Toys, on a four-track at home with various friends. Combining laid-back, stoned hip-hop rhythm tracks, pop hooks, drawled raps, and pseudo-folky guitar, the record received glowing reviews in alternative publications and was played frequently on college radio. Ivey assembled a touring band and used them on parts of Basehead's 1993 follow-up, Not in Kansas Anymore. The critical reception was mixed and the record didn't receive much airplay or sales. The following year Ivey assembled the alternative hip-hop collection B.Y.O.B., which featured several of his own contributions; Basehead's Faith followed in 1996.


IHateThe90s said...


Thomas said...

I LOOOOOOOVED Mr. Ivey's work, and was honored to see him performed in support of Pere Ubu and The Connells at the late, lanmented Irving Place in the 90's. Thanks for recovering these albums (especially the first one; I lost my copy) from the lost lands!

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