Friday, March 24, 2006

The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy

Over at slant truth Kevin Andre Elliott posts on Michael Franti and the Disposable Heroes:

Earlier today I was listening to the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Hypocrisy is the Greatest Luxury . Remember them? Michael Franti’s second group (after the Beatnigs and before Spearhead) along with Ron Tse. Back in the early nineties, when this album came out, it was the shit, but I would have expected it to have grown stale with time. Fortunately that’s not the case. In many ways, I find the album more relevant now than ever. The lyrics from the title track:

Hypocrisy is the Greatest Luxury

Life these days can be so complex
We don’t make the time to stop and reflect
I know from first hand experience one can go delirious
seriously it can be like that
But before I put my foot in my mouth
cause that’s what I’m about to start talking about
Please let me confess before all the rest
that I’m afflicted by this addicted like most in the U.S.
It’s tough to make a living when you’re an artist
It’s even tougher when you’re socially conscious
Careerism, opportunism
can turn the politics into cartoonism
Let’s not patronize or criticize
Let’s open the door and look inside
Pull the file on this state of denial

Hypocrisy is the greatest luxury

Raise the double standard

The bass, the treble
don’t make a rebel
Having your life together does
has an image of a young one
fast living not give an expletive
no respect for his
or the lives of those around him
Suicidal, homicidal or at very least
extremely unbridled
How convenient for those
who would like to destroy him
The problem has never been our political logic
but the way we enact it
We can imagine a perfect society
but can’t maintain a decent relationship
The failure found in the luxury, not in the hardship

Hipocrisy is the greatest luxury
Raise the double standard


At 2:46 PM, Blogger Wronged said...

This was the first album of Franti's I ever heard and although I now really like Spearhead, there is nothing like the rawness of Disposable Heroes. Ypu're right, the lyrics are even more timely these days!
Thanks for the reminder!

At 3:04 PM, Blogger hysterical blackness said...

Thank slant truth - I'm borrowing.

Famous and Dandy (Like Amos ‘N’ Andy)

What will we do to become famous and dandy,

just like Amos ‘n’ Andy


We’re born believing we’re greater than circumstance
Infinitely stronger than chance
As our first breath is handed
We taste the double standard
The need to wear the mask
And with society’s nurturing
The psychic plastic surgery
Begins to take effect
As our souls watch astounded
Our characters flounder
Duplicitous identity
Diction and contradiction
Have become the skills
Of assimilation
Razor honed to perfection
From the moment of creation
It’s gone from identity crisis
To survival slingshot to rifle
Sin to revival
Try to get looked at
but not poked in the eyeball
Warned of our impurities

Afraid of insecurities
Real life experts of the artificial

Athletes and entertainers
Have become the minstrels
On commercials



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