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Baker's Dozen

"My Dad Wrote That Better": Andrew Falkous' Baker's Dozen
JR Moores , April 11th, 2018 08:11

Ahead of this month's WRONG Festival, the man behind Mclusky, Future Of The Left and Christian Fitness speaks to JR Moores about the 13 records that inspire him (with only the occasional Lammo and ciabatta-themed digression)

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Public Enemy - Fear Of A Black Planet

Probably Nation Of Millions is the better album but Fear Of A Black Planet is the one I remember playing throughout my first year at college. Before that stage I'd been listening to music made almost entirely by white people, without putting too finer point on it, and I remember being taken by how great it was to listen to.

I've never owned a Public Enemy t-shirt, I'm not really a band t-shirt person, but I really enjoyed being in my first year of college and watching how scared the canteen staff were at people wearing Public Enemy and/or Death Row t-shirts. It was funny to watch that interaction of cultures. When I say "interaction of cultures" I mean white people trying to intimidate other white people, that level at which culture interacted.

I have a distinct memory of playing [the title track] 'Fear Of A Black Planet'. That sample, I'm not sure where it's from, the whole "white man, white woman, white baby / black man, white woman, black baby" thing, the potential birth apocalypse for white people. The first time I heard it I was in Newcastle and I'm looking around going, "What are black people?" I was in a school of 2000 people and there was one black kid for one year so moving to another city like Cardiff was a huge culture shock at first. Maybe Public Enemy was my way of overcompensating because that monolithically represents all black culture, obviously.


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