Uploaded on Nov 21, 2008
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Please note dates on items in video, this is history to be thought about and perhaps discussed sanely, not personal commentary on what's right and wrong with things that have already happened. Obviously we have come along way.
Blackface images set to Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy's "Famous and Dandy" - Fred Astaire tribute to Bojangles
Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury is the debut album by The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, released in '92 found some critical acclaim, although the album leaned away from the then-rising G Funk that came to be the dominant sub-genre within west coast hip hop. Television, the Drug of the Nation was released as a single. It was recorded previously by Michael Franti's first band, the Beatnigs.
The Disposable Heroes' solitary album represents much more than Franti's fiercely intelligent narratives. Where hyperbole, bombast and finger-pointing had been the order of the day in hip-hop, Franti includes his own inadequacies in his diagnosis of the problem.
The Disposable Heroes recall Public Enemy both in their aural assault and in the rhetorical dexterity of rapper Michael Franti...A blistering, state-of-the-art album about the state of the soul of contemporary American society.
Franti's soft-spoken condemnations are pitted against a series of deceptively seductive tunes. Franti's smooth poetry sounds more like that of Lawrence Ferlinghetti than the hip-hop which later came to dominate.
Village Voice (3/2/93) - Ranked #19 list of the 40 Best Albums Of 1992.
1 "Satanic Reverses" (Franti)
2 "Famous and Dandy (Franti)
3 "Television, the Drug of the Nation" (Franti)
4 "Language of Violence" (Franti)
5 "The Winter of the Long Hot Summer" (Franti)
6 "Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury" (Franti)
7 "Everyday Life Has Become a Health Risk" (Franti)
8 "INS Greencard A-19 191 500" (Franti)
9 "Socio-Genetic Experiment" (Franti)
10 "Music and Politics" (Franti)
11 "Financial Leprosy" (Franti)
12 "California Über Alles" (Biafra/Greenway)
13 "Water Pistol Man" (Franti)
Miles Davis - "Miles Runs The Voodoo Down"
"Famous and Dandy"
Herbie Hancock - "Watermelon Man"
"Television, the Drug of the Nation"
The Meters - "Look-Ka-Py-Py"
"Language of Violence"
This Mortal Coil - "Barramundi"
"The Winter of the Long Hot Summer"
This Mortal Coil - "Waves Become Wings"
Wally Badarou - "Ayers Rock Bubble Eyes"
"Everyday Life Has Become a Health Risk'
Public Enemy - "Terminator X to the Edge of Panic"
"California Über Alles"
"California Über Alles" by Dead Kennedys
"Water Pistol Man"
Wally Badarou - "Leaving this Place"
Charlie Hunter - Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Voices
Rono Tse - Percussion, Drums, Drums (Steel), Noise, Sheet Metal
Simone White - Drums
Jack Dangers - Mixing
Fred Astaire from Swing Time - 1936
If you can get past the blackface, "Bojangles" is a classic Astaire solo, and the first of his "special effects" dances, backed by three gigantic shadows of himself. The dance is presented as a salute to Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, most famous for his work with Shirley Temple. Presumably the studio wanted a blackface number, and Robinson at the time was box office success.
Special thanks to U.M.G. for letting me keep this post up.