Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Charly says...your anger is a gift

Recently, while scouring my favorite P2P file sharing program for music that is arguably legally downloadable because of the fair use doctrine, I found two albums from my past that were in need of a definite rediscovery: The Prodigy Experience and Rage Against the Machine. Both of these albums came out in 1992, and while they are quite different musically, there is an underlying ethos that is very similar. Both are unrelenting, musical punches in the stomach (in the good way).

TPE is a straight up rave album that fires all kinds of bells and whistles at you (and when I say bells and whistles, I literally mean those ravey sounds like cash register machines and actual whistles and all that) over nasty breakbeats that seem to creep in between techno and drum n bass. I got in the mood to hear this album again this summer when I saw Laurent Garnier (appropriately) play "Out of Space" at Club Space in Ibiza. Hints of dub, house keyboard hooks and hip hop on amphetamines (though that may just be the d n b) are sprinkled throughout the album. This is hardcore...

Unlike TPE, which I discovered well after the fact, RATM I got into right when it came out. The resulting difference is that you look at the music with a whole thicker coating of nostalgia when you hear if you saw it in context - of course the boys from Rage don't seem to be that into nostalgia. As much as I love Rage, and have the scars to prove it from shows such as when they toured with Wu Tang, or when they played at the Roseland Ballroom and the crowd moshed with the lights on, I hate them as well, as they are perhaps the band most responsible for what happened to rock music over the last five years. How else can one explain the Fred Durst phenomenon? At any rate, for the 5 of you that don't have a cassette of RATM buried somewhere, its best desribed as highly politicized rock, with the nastiest guitar licks since Jimmy Page and some simple yet servicable rhymes.

Some music would be brilliant and timeless, no matter when it was released (IMO Siamese Dream and OK Computer are good examples). RATM could have been made at any time and doesn't sound tied to when it was released. The only thing that dates the music is how it was an essential piece in a certain direction that music went in.

Other great music is very tied to a time and place, whether for aesthetic reasons or social reasons. The manacing, high energy raving lunacy of The Prodigy Experience is pure 1992 - both in terms of the specific sounds used and in terms of the ethos driving the music.


7 Comments:

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