Monday, February 11, 2013

Keep From Going Under

Would you have guessed that Elvis Costello's 1983 single Pills And Soap was inspired by hiphop? Says the man also known as the Imposter in his liner notes to the cd reissue of Punch The Clock: "The sound of the record was indebted to The Message by Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel. (...) It was the first rap record I had encountered that was anymore than an invitation to dance. It spoke about ugly life. It was the best and only record of its kind that I had heard since the Last Poets' Wake Up, Niggers..." Check!

Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Pills And Soap
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message
The Last Poets - Wake Up, Niggers

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