Old School Mondays:: Early Public Enemy

Hey now. If there were ever a picture that my 13 year old self would want to Photoshop himself into and live in forever, it might just be that album cover to the left for Public Enemy’s 1st 12″ release, You’re Gonne Get Yours, with Rebel Without a Pause and Miuzi Weighs a Ton. I would like to think he would slot himself in beside Hank Shocklee, who is sitting cross-legged on the floor*. To his left of course, it would be unwise to sit below the dude with the Saturday Night Special.

 

Also, this is the caption at the bottom of the photo:

 


PUBLIC ENEMY “KOOLIN” WITH THE 98 POSSE STRONG ISLAND IN EFFECT “BOOYYEE.”

 

I guess what I’m saying is that I will not see anything today (this week or even this month) more enjoyable than that picture. I stumbled onto that 12″ because, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m reading Brian Coleman’s Check The Technique at a glacial pace, and I’ve just gotten to the section on It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back. I’d heard of the PE-pre cursor, Strong Island DJ crew Spectrum City, but I didn’t realize they’d put out a 12″ under that name. I figured the internet would have this 12″ available for my greedy ears, and I was indeed correct.

 

Lies/Check Out The Radio came out on Vanguard Records, and if you’ve always wanted to hear Chuck D emceeing in true old school fashion, this is a must here. As is so often the case, the B Side Wins Again here, as Lies, while containing a familiar social-consciousness bent, is much more old-school sounding, while Check Out The Radio is rather funky. That might be explained by the fact that I think the B Side was the first track Hank Shocklee actually produced, but I might be wrong there. Either way, it’s a fun listen if you’re a longtime PE fan as I am.

 

Anyway, this sent me off on a related quest for the first ever 12″ from Public Enemy proper, and it seems it’s the aforementioned You’re Gonne Get Yours, Rebel Without a Pause and Miuzi Weighs a Ton trifecta from above. I don’t even care if I’m wrong, because I still love all of those songs long time, and plus I’d never heard the “Dub Terminator X Getaway Version” of You’re Gonna Get Yours, which is waaaay awesome. And, don’t get me wrong, Miuzi ways a ton is a great song, but man, Rebel Without a Pause, that is the stuff right there. I love everything about it, and it has one of my fav Chuck D lyrics:

 

Simple and plain - give me the lane
I’ll throw it down your throat like Barkley
See the car keys - you’ll never get these
They belong to the 98 posse

 

Sir Charles was my favorite player back in the day (and he remains so really), so I’ll always love that. Right then, some classic PE for your Monday, enjoy.

 

*I have no idea if that is actually Hank Shocklee, but I want that to be Hank Shocklee.

 

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MP3:: Spectrum City - Lies

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MP3:: Spectrum City - Check Out The Radio (Bonus Beat)

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MP3:: Public Enemy - You’re Gonna Get Yours

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MP3:: Public Enemy - You’re Gonna Get Yours (Dub Terminator X Getaway Version)

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MP3:: Public Enemy - Rebel Without A Pause

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Tags: Public Enemy, The Bomb Squad

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