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Black 47's Child Comes of Age
NEW YORK — The agit-punk institution Black 47 has turned 16, celebrating with the release in March of "Bittersweet Sixteen." The album invites old, new, and classic tunes to the celebration.
"If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?" a preacher thunders in a recorded excerpt introducing a live performance of "Big Fellah", one of Black 47's signature biography tunes reprised on "Bittersweet Sixteen." This quote from Psalms 11:3 prefaces a tune about Irish revolutionary legend Michael Collins and suggests the catholic (with a small c) aesthetics and politics of Black 47. "Bittersweet Sixteen" (on Gadfly) does what all sound compilations should: It introduces the neophyte to a discography while unearthing treasures for fans.
Besides two of Black 47's historical tributes in passionate stage performance, "Bittersweet Sixteen" includes the original mix of their smash hit "Funky Ceílí," before Ric Ocasek, of New Wave rockers The Cars, produced it and winged it into the mainstream ear. Other notable gems on this compilation are the old raw drum-machine hip hop reconstruction "Home of the Brave," their new wistful Iraq war ballad "Southside Chicago Waltz," and an a capella rendition of Wobbly martyr Joe Hill's last will. WGT
Alex Féthière is a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based freelance writer with a special interest in music and the arts.
(Includes audio and lyrics of many of the band's songs.)
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