1989 Another Summer, Sound Of The Funky Drummer

Here’s today’s post which didn’t publish this morning for some unknown reason.

The ultimate extension of Keith LeBlanc’s 1983 Malcolm X record was this, the motherlode of righteous hip hop, the pinnacle of Public Enemy’s career, the greatest protest record of them all- Fight The Power. One record pulling together the history of the civil rights movement, the upsurge in interest in Malcolm X, Spike Lee’s film making, The Bomb Squad’s screaming, pummeling production and Chuck D’s angriest, most on-point lyrics (the verse that goes ‘Elvis was a hero to most but he never meant shit to me, straight out racist that sucker was simple and plain, motherfuck him and John Wayne, people get ready ‘cos I’m black and I’m proud, I’m hyped and I’m amped, most of my heroes don’t appear on no stamps’ is as good as it gets). Again not on the hard drive but do you want the full seven minute version of the video? Yeah, boyeee!

 

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Let Freedom Ring

To start the week, at what can be a bit of a miserable time of year, we need something soothing and uplifting. Moodswings were a late 80s duo made up of Grant Showbiz (formerly roadie and guitar tech for the Smiths and Billy Bragg) and James Hood (drummer for the Pretenders and Kid Creole and The Coconuts). Inspired by club culture, sampling and all the rest they made a very of its time album most of which still sound spretty good today although the drums have dated. It’s a datedness I like admittedly. The 1991 single Spiritual High married that Soul II Soul drumbeat, Jon and Vangelis, Martin Luther King and Donna Summer with Chrissie Hynde on vocals.

This dubbed out nine minute version is a delight and a pick-me-up.

Spiritual High (Moodfood megamix)