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Itch-E and Scratch-E

Itch-E and Scratch-E's debut EP Irritable from 1992
Itch-E and Scratch-E's debut EP Irritable from 1992

Itch-E and Scratch-E is an Australian electronic music group formed by Paul Mac and Andy Rantzen in Sydney in the early 1990s initially recording on the Volition label. For a time during the mid to late 1990s the duo recorded under the name Boo Boo and Mace.

They were initially focused on a techno sound which drew on early bleep techno as well as being influenced by fellow Sydneysiders Severed Heads (Tom Ellard from Severed Heads helped produce an album by Paul Mac's other band The Lab , that was never released). The melodic influence of the classically-trained Paul Mac lent their music a distinctive sound which eventually led to moderate pop success in Australia.

The single "Sweetness and Light" from their 1994 album Itch-E Kitch-E Koo charted and led to a 1995 Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) award for best dance single. They were notable for causing a brief controversy during the presentation of their award on national television Mac and Rantzen, thanked "the ecstasy dealers of Sydney", which was subsequently bleeped out of the telecast.

Selected discography

As Itch-E and Scratch-E

  • Irritable (EP) (1992)
  • Itch-E Kitch-E Koo (1993)
  • Itch-E and Scratch-E ... and friends (1994)
  • It Is What It Isn't (2001)

As Boo Boo and Mace

Not to be confused with the fictional characters Itchy and Scratchy from The Simpsons.

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