28 November 2022

28 November 2022 - INXS - The Gift

How did INXS become an afterthought on the US charts?  The answer may surprise you.

This 1993 single, the lead one from their album Full Moon Dirty Hearts, featured a video that MTV would not air, because it had "controversial images" - specifically Gulf War images, something that was still pretty fresh in the American psyche.  

It was, and is, still a great and exciting song.  It is a true shame that it was ignored to the extent that it was.  

Even though Michael Hutchence passed away in 1997, he still have time to give spirited live performances of this song.  Here is the band, performing the song to an excited crowd in 1994.

02 November 2022

2 November 2022 - Public Enemy - 911 Is A Joke

This joke, co-written by and primarily performed by reality show dating star Flavor Flav, is about the paramedic response in predominantly black neighborhoods.  It is not about police response - only paramedic/ambulance response.  

I think a lot of people look at Flavor Flav is a joke because, well, the clocks, Flavor of Love's three seasons.  Come on, man - just pick New York.  However, he wrote and performed poignant songs like this one - and delivered the hard messages with a side of humor.   It's somewhat brilliant, really.