Meat Beat Manifesto
Meat Beat Manifesto
Label: Tino Corp.
Genre: Electronic
Online: Artist Website


Jack Dangers is the highly influential composer and sound sculptor behind Meat Beat Manifesto. His constantly evolving musical invention has generated a long string of futuristic classics since the late 80's like "God O.D.", "Strap Down", "Psyche Out", "Helter Skelter", "Radio Babylon", "Edge of No Control" and "It’s the Music". The single, “Prime Audio Soup” from Dangers’ album Actual Sounds and Voices, was featured in the sci-fi fantasy blockbuster, The Matrix and on its platinum-selling soundtrack.

Jack Dangers continues to challenge: stretching sonic boundaries and influencing new generations of sound activists. As a premiere remixer, producer and sound designer, he has played a seminal role in defining tomorrows’ music today. Past Dangers’ production/remixing projects include: Public Enemy, David Bowie, Orbital, Depêche Mode, Air, Nine Inch Nails, Coil, David Byrne, Bush, Banco de Gaia, and Freddy Fresh.

Born John Corrigan in 1967 in Swindon, England, Dangers played with Jonny Stephens in the pop band Perennial Divide in the mid-'80s. The two formed Meat Beat Manifesto in 1987 initially as a side-project, and released the singles "I Got the Fear" and "Strap Down" that year. The dense, danceable material surprised many critics used to the duo's previous work, and the singles received good reviews.

Dangers and Stephens left Perennial Divide by 1988 and recorded an album that same year -- using a touring group of up to 13 members for occasional live shows. The tapes were damaged in a fire, so the two recorded Storm the Studio a year later. Just as dense and sample-heavy as the first singles, Storm the Studio included four songs but added three remixes of each -- no need to explain the title -- encompassing high-energy dub, hip-hop and noise-rock. With an American deal through Wax Trax!, Meat Beat Manifesto became known in the U.S. as an industrial band, though Dangers and Stephens felt themselves pigeonholed.

The duo moved to the San Francisco soon after, and formed a rough political collective with the members of Consolidated and the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. (Jack Dangers and Consolidated's Mark Pistel co-produced early Disposable Heroes material.) Meat Beat Manifesto, meanwhile, continued their audio terrorism with 99%, a 1990 album that added some jazzy rhythms to the collage of noise. That same year, Wax Trax! recycled the remaining tapes from the aborted first album and released them as Armed Audio Warfare.  

When Dangers and Stephens signed away from Wax Trax! to the major label Elektra in 1992, the duo finally shook the industrial tag that had stuck with them before. Instead, the media christened the follow-up Satyricon a techno album, due to both the duo's tour of the U.S. with Orbital and Ultramarine, and the album's groove-heavy update of old synth groups such as Depeche Mode. Dangers' early material began to be name-checked as at least a partial motivation for the trip-hop and drum'n'bass movement, due to the studio mechanics inherent in the music. The late-'90s full-lengths Subliminal Sandwich and Actual Sounds + Voices increased Dangers' devotion to the experimental side of electronica, though his first Meat Beat Manifesto LP of the new millennium (RUOK?) was a more spartan affair .

Since then, Jack founded his own label Tino Corp, a label which has built a large following with DJ's due to its output of well mastered, heavy duty , DJ oriented 12" vinyl. Many of these releases feature the musical talents of Ben Stokes, a veteran electronic producer himself and pioneering video artist who also goes by the name of DHS .