Sunday, November 23, 2008
RIOT GOING ON
(Thanx to G. Lain for the Basement 5 tip-off)
In 1970's England a weird hybrid of punk rock and dub reggae started playing in the underground. The two genres have alot in common: heavy bass, stacatto guitars, fast beats, and players who indentifiy as marginalized political malcontents. What is called "Post-Punk" these days often owes more to dub reggae than punk rock.
Below is Basement 5 's "Riot" played over footage of "The Battle of Grosvenor Square", an anti-Vietnam War demonstration that turned violent in 1968 London.
I like that the guitar mimics a police siren and that the "My Sharona Bassline" is put to better use.