When Arthur Ashin performs as Autre Ne Veut, he becomes a self-professed "freak," and not necessarily in the sexy way. Clutching a microphone for dear life with just a few people manning beats and background vocals behind him, he scrunches up his face and bawls like a newborn id into the personal space created by his torso, which by now has curled up in an upright fetal position (unless it's flung backwards in throat-popping ecstasy). Sometimes he falls to the floor for good measure, crawling to the lip of the stage as if to the edges of his own sanity. When Ashin's voice screeches into the curdling upper ranges of a desperate song called "Wake Up," it sounds like Cameron Diaz is trying to sing her way out of Chip Douglas' wildly gyrating body during the karaoke scene in The Cable Guy.
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