This is a Public Service Announcement... WITH GUITARS!
The Clash - Know Your Rights this is one of my favorite Clash songs, and seemed apropos for a little Independence Day posting. The Marching drums, the vaguely rockabilly guitar, but most of all, Joe Strummers proclamation, This is a Public Service Announcement! With GUITAR! echoes in my head constantly. Remember your rights everybody. Without them, we may as well be dead. And remember, come November, to exercise them.
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Dizzee Rascal - Fix Up Look Sharp (Ratatat Remix) Okay, so now that the Hype Parade for both Diz and Ratatat are starting to die down, what does Ratatat do? They go and record an album of remixes of current hip hop faves, from Kanye West, Missy Elliot (who shows up everywhere it seems), Method Man, Jay Z, Ghost Face, and of course, the Diz, plus a few more. None of the tracks work quite so well as this one though, which transforms the booming drums and breakbeats of the original into bent guitars and synths, and a bit of a metronomic drum machine, loses the hook almost completely (save for the occasional ghostly stab of the howls that defined the original) and create somethign totally new and totally different. This is unauthorized, but you can Buy it Here