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virus071 THE BEATNIGS
Television
virus071 (1988) 12"EP - $7.00
This is the classic tune by the Beatnigs, featuring Michael Franti and DJ Roni Size before the Disposable Heros of Hiphoprisy and Spearhead- wow! Great slab of classic wax from these turntablism/radical hip hop heroes!

The "hit" track from the band's album is given a couple industrial/dance reworkings by famed Tackhead member Adrian Sherwood. Three remixes in all, plus one track from the Oops! Wrong Stereotype compilation album.

As heard on "Democracy Now!" often, this classic is Back In Stock!





"Most people are no doubt more familiar with the version by The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Franti and Tse's project after departing from The Beatnigs. I've always preferred The Beatnigs' version, partly because it has more of a jackhammer quality, seemingly trying to flatten the offending appliance out of all recognition. The lyrics definitely pack a punch, and are frequently funny, though the delivery is more aggressive, even ill-tempered at times.
...having zapped through the fifteen channels I have at my disposal and found nothing that didn't threaten to infect me with extreme idiocy, twenty-one years on, "Television" remains as true as ever - in spirit, even as the historical references have dated."
- resist_retreat @ rateyourmusic.com

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