RC 237: Pop is Dead 2 – Arseholes & Repetoire

Finally after over a year (!) the second part of the Pop Is Dead series. I promise to be more, well, quicker with the other parts…

This one is about two of our favourite people, the eternally dodgy A&R man and the usually shady manager.

Arista say they “love you but the kids can’t dance to it” (1:35, 90Mb)

  • The Alchemist – Industry Rule 4080 (Interlude)
  • Dale Wright – That’s Show Biz
  • XTC – Funk Pop A Roll
  • Bill Hicks – Satan Starmaker
  • Crumb – Record Company
  • Kitkat Band – Alien invasion
  • The Fall – Clasp Hands
  • Nick Lowe – I Love My Label
  • Stan Freberg – The Old Payola Roll Blues
  • The Kinks – Denmark Street
  • My Drug Hell – It’s good, but…
  • Gruppo Sportivo – I shot my manager
  • Stark Effect – The Beating Goes On
  • Sound of Sha’Bass – Take It Or Leave It
  • E40 – Record Company (Skit)
  • Sage Francis – Underground For Dummies
  • Jesus And Mary Chain – Write Record Release Blues
  • The Brakes – Heard About Your Band
  • Bruce Haack – Play Me Your Album
  • The Clash – Midnight To Stevens
  • The Sex Pistols – EMI (Orch.)
  • The Bonzo Dog Band – The Bride Stripped Bare by “Bachelors”

Just bring home my motherfuckin’ brothers and sisters

Today was brought to you by this Sage Francis song – this one goes out to those who are posting about veterans and Armistice Day, or wearing poppies. Who would you die for? ‘Just bring home my motherfuckin’ brothers and sisters.’ – amen.

It’s why I posted ‘Speak no evil’ pictures earlier including this one from Kandahar. I feel like I can’t speak because you get the whole patriot/dishonouring the dead and those who fought facism thrown back in your face. Which I understand, I respect those who fought in the Spanish Civil War, or in WW2. Recent wars are far less clearer, and I’d add that even those wars had scary levels of complexity, so many nuances, geopolitics, power struggles and settling of old scores…even if the reasoning was good (or I suspect accidentally good in the case of WW2).

So the whole celebration of veterans still bothers me because I can’t see how you can do it without celebrating, or at least not criticising, the fucked up system they’re fighting in, the military industrial complex, the stupid wars, the drones. I’d rather there wasn’t veterans, I’d rather there wasn’t wars like Afghanistan, or drones, or suchlike. Then I’d go and stand at the Cenotaph and bow my head, and celebrate.

Also The Boondocks = Win.

Amazing how this Sage Francis song is from 2005, but could have been about this week with Obama…EDIT: just realised I posted this two years ago! Hmm, it deserves a repost.

Slow Down Huey you’re killing em

One of my favourite songs from one of my favourite rappers Sage Francis vs my current favourite cartoon – The Boondocks (Huey is my hero!), it seems appropriate to post this today with midterm elections in the US, with lines like:

Making you think you’re crazy is a billion dollar industry.
If they could sell sanity in a bottle
They’d be charging for compressed air,
And marketing healthcare.
They demonize welfare,
Middle class eliminated,
Rich get richer til the poor get educated.

But some of y’all still haven’t grown into your face,
And your face doesn’t quite match your head.
And I’m waiting for a brain to fill the dead space that’s left,
You’re all, “Give me ethnicity or give me dreads.”*
Trustafundian rebel without a cause for alarm,
Cause when push turns to shove
You jump into your forefathers arms.
He’s a banker, you’re part of the system,
Off go the dreadlocks in comes the income.
The briefcase (the freebase)
The sickness (the symptom)
When the cameras start rollin’ stay the fuck outta the picture pilgrim!*

One love, one life, one too many victims.
Republicrat, Democran, one party system.*
Media goes in a frenzy,
They’re stripped of their credentials.
Presidential candidates can’t debate over this instrumental.

Who’s the one to blame for this strain in my vocal chords?
Who can pen a hateful threat but can’t hold a sword?
It’s the same who complain about the global war,
But can’t overthrow the local joker that they voted for.

* these lines were running around my head today, hence this post….

trust me kid, it’s not the end of the world

They made a video…for probably the most filmic (and real) hip-hop song ever? I missed this – Sage Francis’s ‘Best of Times’ (a collab with Yann Tiersen and actually lead me to check out more of his stuff, his back catalogue as well as Amelie which I knew well is sublime) has an intriguing and moving video.

Word :-D

(And yes the eye candy doesn’t hurt either, but I like him for his rapping, honest)


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