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Encyclopedia entry for 'Itch-E & Scratch-E' LETTER:

Formed in 1992
StyleBeats, Dance
 Original line-up: Andy Rantzen (Itch-E; keyboards, samples), Paul Mac (Scratch-E; keyboards, samples)
 Albums: Itch-E Kitch-E Koo (Second Nature/Volition, 1993), Itch-E & Scratch-E . . . and Friends (Second Nature/Volition, 1996); Boo Boo and Mace album: Sublimely Pointless (Prozaac/Shock, 1998).

History
The Australian techno-rave/electronic-dance scene of the early 1990s was small in comparison to its overseas role model. Electronic wizz kids Itch-E & Scratch-E virtually had a stranglehold on the scene from the outset. Paul McDermott had been working with ambient outfit The Lab and Andy Rantzen with Pelican Daughters when they decided to start Itch-E & Scratch-E as a joke. They were joined by Sheriff `Dub Man' Lindo for live shows.

The duo recorded a demo which came to the attention of the Volition label. Volition's offshoot label, Second Nature, issued the CD EP `Irritable' (August 1992) and the album Itch-E Kitch-E Koo (October 1993). The CD single `Sweetness and Light' won the 1995 Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Award for best dance release. Itch-E & Scratch-E followed this up with the sprawling double album Itch-E & Scratch-E . . . and Friends (1996) which covered the gamut of electronic dance. The and Friends part comprised the high-energy house of CrackerJack, the funky bleeps of Event Horizon, the electronic jazz of Alien Headspace and the hypnotic dub of Sheriff Lindo. Itch-E and Lindo were also involved in Event Horizon and Scratch-E was one half of CrackerJack. Itch-E & Scratch-E's `Bouncing Chamber' and `Howling Dog' were issued as CD EPs.

At the end of 1996, Itch-EE & Scratch-EE were forced to take a new name, due to two acts overseas going by the same name, to say nothing of the cat and mouse team of Itchy and Scratchy that appeared in popular television cartoon show The Simpsons. The duo came up with Boo Boo and Mace (or Boo Boo, Mace `n' Nutcase when joined onstage by Lindo). Boo Boo, Mace `n' Nutcase appeared on the national bill of the Big Day Out (1997) as headlining act in the techno-based Boiler Room. Boo Boo and Mace issued the CD EP `Flowers in the Sky' in February 1997, to be followed by the Boo Boo, Mace `n' Nutcase CD single, `Gotta Move On', in November.

Boo Boo and Mace issued a new CD single, ‘7 Days’ (June 1998), on the Prozaac label. Featuring Jo Maskell on vocals, the track was a drifting electronic ballad. The duo then issued a new album, Sublimely Pointless (July), which produced a second CD single ‘Heartstrings’ (October).



Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop / Ian McFarlane 1999
under licence from Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd

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