Oh, my friends, my good, good friends! What a time it’s been. We apologize for the break in service & would like to assure you that systems will be fully operational again as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, here’s the most recent entry into the Revolutionary Plastics Hour canon; it’s from December 11, 2012, & I don’t have to tell you that I’m thrilled to finally get this out into the world. Dig, if you will, a picture:
• A non-album track from Neon Neon, the—well, what do you call a super-group if the members aren’t all that amazing but are still something more than just also-rans? Oh, right!—the Avengers-group of Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals) and Boom Bip (that whole Anticon scene from the late nineties), whose album was a concept piece centering around the (high) life & (hot) times of John Delorean. This song brings Johnny Carson into the mix; why? Can’t say for sure, but it’s catchy as feezy, yo.
• A song from that single that Prime Minister Louis Farrakhan released, back when he was still going by Louis X.
• A song featuring bassist David Hood, a member of the legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and the father of Patterson Hood, one of the primary driving forces behind the Drive-By Truckers.
• A really fun remix of a great song by Brick, called “Dazz” (which I’ve played on this show in the past) by the also legendary Latin Rascals. It’s from the era when a hell of a lot of high-profile remixes were being done by Arthur Baker, who was certainly cool; but this sounds different, which is great.
• A song that Walter Becker & Donald Fagen wrote for Barbra Streisand, back when they were jobbing songwriters-for-hire.
• The only song Ice-T & Ice Cube did together (at least, until recently; I don’t know if they’ve made a hott collabo anytime in the last, say, ten years, because I haven’t been checking their albums very closely in that time) (oh, like you have).
So—all that, plus even more, ladies & gentlemen. If you want to skip the standard PSA nonsense, start at about 2:50, so you get the setup for the astounding John Oates composition that kicks off this awesome & long-delayed set. Hope you like it.
Revolutionary Plastics Hour: Volume Forty-Six
Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy—Language of Violence (instrumental)
Hall & Oates—The Emptyness [sic] (live)
Helmet Boy—I Know What You Did Last Night
Louis X—A White Man’s Heaven is a Black Man’s Hell (aka Prime Minister Louis Farrakhan)
Witch Queen—Got the Time (ft. David Hood, aka Patterson Hood’s dad)
Brick—Dazz (The Def Mix by the Latin Rascals)
Richard Pryor and Diana Ross—So You Wanted to See the Wizard (from The Wiz)
Barbra Streisand—I Mean to Shine (written by Becker/Fagen, aka Steely Dan)
Frank Sinatra—I Couldn’t Sleep a Wink Last Night
Von Haze—His Love is Fine
Ice-T & Ice Cube—Trespass
MC Serch—Daze in a Weak
Ronny Jordan—A Brighter Day (instrumental) (prod. by DJ Spinna)