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It’s jazz Jim, but not as we know it, treat your ears…

Music blog disposable heroes of hiphoprisyIn ’92 I bought an album by an American band because I’d heard (on the John Peel show) that Billy Bragg had been given a name check on this bands first record in the frankly mysterious ‘Industrial Hip Hop’ genre. My logic went like this, anyone American who has even heard of Billy Bragg has gotta be really thinking about things, I mean really putting an effort in, so I’m gonna check ‘em out.

In the record shop (remember them?) I found the album ‘Hipocracy is the greatest luxury’ by The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy and a scan of the back cover confirmed what I’d heard, so I bought it. It’s one of the few moments when the spotty git in the record shop looked at me with something approaching respect and, as he took my money he said ‘nice one man’. I was only 28 at the time, but that, in record shop assistant years is like 88.

 It’s one of the few occasions in  my life when the spotty git in the record shop (remember them?) looked at me with something approaching respect and as he took my money he said ‘nice one man’. I was only Twenty eight at the time, but that, in record shop assistant years is like eighty eight.

The track I am featuring for this ‘great songs you’ve never heard’ is an out and out jazzer, mellow, sophisticated and boy does the guitar player have his Jazz chops down.

To try to fit this band into the genre ‘Industrial Hip Hop’  is a bit like me trying to put on the jeans I was wearing at the record shop when I bought the album, it’s not happening. The band are closer to Gill Scott Heron at his finest, as pissed off as NWA, as tasteful as De La Soul with their references and samples (see the samples used box below the video it’ll do your head in) and as articulate and thoughtful as Tom Waites with their lyrics. Oh and they’re as good as all of them too.

This track is not typical of the album as the rest of it is more, well, smashy-jumpy-up-downy-shake-your-fisty stuff including a wicked take on the Dead Kennedy’s ‘California Uber Ales’.

The band received huge critical acclaim and the album was listed in the book “1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die“. They went on to support U2 (on the landmark Zoo TV Tour), Rage Against the Machine, Nirvana and I saw them supporting and frankly blowing Arrested Development off the stage in Frankfurt that year.

This track is such a silky groove I’m hoping it will seduce you into checking the album out, you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

This is a list of samples used on the album.

 

 

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