Oct. 2nd, 2016

millionreasons: (marnie)
Well. It isn't cold or dark, but it is October and that is the time that I start to review the Festive 50. Last year, I said I wasn't going to carry on and do 1994, because it veered too much into Britpop territory (sorry [livejournal.com profile] picosgemeos), but going backwards, 1988 is a pretty classic indie year, almost every song a winner and a Proustian rush. So I'm going to review this year and then gracefully retire from the somewhat pointless task of reviewing Festive Fifties.

Number 50 is a rare piece of black music in the FF (don't worry, there's a lot of white boy guitar music). It's hard now to remember how scary and revolutionary and threatening Public Enemy were; they sound pretty - not exactly tame - but obvious now, perhaps because they were much imitated, but considering the most popular form of rap involves hos, bling and implied violence, it's a pity that more hip-hop artistes didn't imitate them. I've posted this version as it shows them using the oft-copied filming technique of staring into the camera placed on the floor.

Their "Brothers and Sisters!" sample was later sampled on Pump Up The Volume, by M*A*R*R*S and obviously lost all context. I'd like to pretend I was cool (or, in today's parlance, woke) enough to have appreciated Public Enemy at the time, but of course I didn't.

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