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Praga Khan of Lords of Acid on the role of sexuality in his songwriting and writing music for Mortal Kombat

In 1988, Belgian electronic artist Maurice Engelen released a song under the name Praga Khan called "Sit on Acid," and it became something of an international dance club hit. Ultimately that aesthetic and sound became what is now known as Lords of Acid. The unvarnished sexual themes of Lords of Acid songs are probably scandalous to more puritanical sensibilities, but Engelen and his collaborators over the years took a much more sensible approach to human sexuality in music and art than outright repression.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.