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Selected Ambient Works 85-92 is the debut studio album by English electronic musician Aphex Twin released on November 9th, 1992. In late October 2019, memes based on various objects resembling Aphex Twin's signature logo, first featured on the album's cover, gained popularity on Facebook.
On November 9th, 1992, British electronic musician Richard D. James released his debut ambient techno / IDM album Selected Ambient Works 85-92 under the name Aphex Twin. The cover of the album featured a black and white image which would later gain recognition as the Aphex Twin logo (album cover shown below).
Selected Ambient Works 85-92 received widespread critical acclaim, with the album receiving 5/5 scores from AllMusic, Q and other musical magazines and websites in the following years. Pitchfork's David M. Pecoraro gave the album 9.4 score. On January 14th, 2018, music critic Anthony Fantano reviewed the album as part of his Classics Week series.
On RateYourMusic, the album maintained a 4.0 score with over 19,000 votes submitted as of November 5th, 2019.
Selected Ambient Works 85-92 Cover References
On August 28th, 2019, Facebook user SumWax Ariel posted a deep-fried photograph depicting a chair with the armrests resembling the Aphex Twin logo, captioned "YOU NO WHAT FUCKIT SELECTED AMBIENT THE CJARE 85-92." The post received over 150 reactions and 80 shares in four months (shown below).
The format did not see further spread until on October 30th, 2019, Facebook user Maël Temps shared a meme originally created by user Trent Andrew to shitpost musiqe memes stash Facebook community. The meme depicted a table resembling the Aphex Twin logo and was captioned "fuck it selected ambient works 85-82 nightstand." The post received over 270 reactions and 1000 shares in one week (shown below).
In the following days, shitpost musiqe memes stash and other Facebook meme communities such as Vacuum Cleaner Awesome Sound Memes posted memes of various objects resembling or carrying the Aphex Twin logo, usually captioned with the name of the album (examples shown below). Multiple examples of the meme utilized the Fuck It, X snowclone format.
In the following days, the format received further spread outside of Facebook with multiple notable examples reposted by eternal classic account on Telegram, Twitter and other social networks. On November 1st, 2019, an anonymous 4chan user posted an inquiry about the meme on /mu/.
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