lunes, 3 de abril de 2017

The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy - Television, The Drug Of The Nation - 1992

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  2. The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy was an American industrial hip-hop band, active during the early 1990s.
    The band was formed in 1990 by Michael Franti (vocals, production, misc. instruments) and Rono Tse (drums, percussion, programming), who had been in the Beatnigs. The band's name was derived in part from the phrase "The Disposable Heroes of Hypocrisy", used in some Socialist literature.
    The group was associated with contemporary bands by genre, including House of Pain and Pop Will Eat Itself. They also were somewhat reminiscent of Gil Scott-Heron due to the half-spoken vocal styles of Franti and the up-front political messages in the music.[1] The Disposable Heroes played many concerts, sometimes opening the bill for more well-known acts such as U2 (on their landmark Zoo TV Tour), Rage Against the Machine, Nirvana and Arrested Development. Guitarist Charlie Hunter made his recording debut with the Disposable Heroes before earning fame in jazz.
    Their debut album, Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury, received critical and underground acclaim upon its release in 1992, but was never commercially successful. Franti's lyrics address a wide range of social issues, from Mass Media bias and abuse ("Television, the Drug of the Nation") to racial equality ("Socio-Genetic Experiment", in large part inspired by Franti's childhood as a biracial child adopted by a white family), and Homophobia (in "Language of Violence"). The album also included a cover of the Dead Kennedys track "California Über Alles" (with updated lyrics about Governor Pete Wilson). "Television," which received wide airplay on college and alternative radio stations, had previously been recorded by Michael Franti's first band, The Beatnigs.[1] In common with other bands of the time on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy used sampling and scratching as a primary tool of music recording, and mixed rock, hip hop and jazz. The album was listed in the book "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die".
    Among their contemporaries, the band had strong artistic, political, and personal ties to both Meat Beat Manifesto and Consolidated. The recording of Hypocrisy is the Greatest Luxury was co-produced by Consolidated's Mark Pistel, and prolific Meat Beat Manifesto frontman Jack Dangers assisted with mixing.
    In 1993 the duo worked with William S. Burroughs, recording music for a collaborative album entitled Spare Ass Annie and Other Tales. This album diverged greatly from the style of the band's previous work, as they were largely providing musical background and accompaniment to Burroughs' spoken readings from several of his books. The Disposable Heroes split up shortly after. Michael Franti formed Spearhead, who (to date) have released seven albums, while Tse worked with the Mystik Journeymen.

  3. One nation
    Under God
    Has turned into
    One nation under the influence
    Of one drug

    Television, the drug of the Nation
    Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation

    T.V., it
    Satellite links
    Our United States of Unconsciousness
    Apathetic therapeutic and extremely addictive
    The methadone metronome pumping out
    150 channels 24 hours a day
    You can flip through all of them
    And still there's nothing worth watching
    T.V. is the reason why less than 10 per cent of our
    Nation reads books daily
    Why most people think Central Amerika
    Means Kansas
    Socialism means unamerican
    And Apartheid is a new headache remedy
    Absorbed in it's world it's so hard to find us
    It shapes our mind the most
    Maybe the mother of our Nation
    Should remind us
    That we're sitting too close to...

    Television, the drug of the Nation
    Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation

    T.V. is
    The stomping ground for political candidates
    Where bears in the woods
    Are chased by Grecian Formula'd
    Bald eagles
    T.V. is mechanized politic's
    Remote control over the masses
    Co-sponsored by environmentally safe gases
    Watch for the PBS special
    It's the perpetuation of the two party system
    Where image takes precedence over wisdom
    Where sound bite politics are served to
    The fastfood culture
    Where straight teeth in your mouth
    Are more important than the words
    That come out of it
    Race baiting is the way to get selected
    Willie Horton or
    Will he not get elected on...

    Television, the drug of the Nation
    Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation

    T.V., is it the reflector or the director ?
    Does it imitate us
    Or do we imitate it
    Because a child watches 1500 murders before he's
    Twelve years old and we wonder why we've created
    A Jason generation that learns to laugh
    Rather than to abhor the horror
    T.V. is the place where
    Armchair generals and quarterbacks can
    Experience first hand
    The excitement of warfare
    As the theme song is sung in the background
    Sugar sweet sitcoms
    That leave us with a bad actor taste while
    Pop stars metamorphosize into soda pop stars
    You saw the video
    You heard the soundtrack
    Well now go buy the soft drink
    Well, the onla cola that I support
    Would be a union C.O.L.A.(Cost Of Living Allowance)
    On television

    Television, the drug of the Nation
    Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation

    Back again, "New and improved"
    We return to our irregularly programmed schedule
    Hidden cleverly between heavy breasted
    Beer and car commercials
    CNNESPNABCTNT but mostly B.S.
    Where oxymoronic language like
    "virtually spotless", "fresh frozen"
    "light yet filling" and "military intelligence"
    Have become standard
    T.V. is the place where phrases are redefined
    Like "recession" to "necessary downturn"
    "Crude oil" on a beach to "mousse"
    "Civilian death" to "collateral damages"
    And being killed by your own Army
    Is now called "friendly fire"
    T.V. is the place where the pursuit
    Of happiness has become the pursuit of
    Where toothpaste and cars have become
    Sex objects
    Where imagination is sucked out of children
    By a cathode ray nipple
    T.V. is the only wet nurse
    That would create a cripple

    Television, the drug of the Nation
    Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation