Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five: ‘The Message’ (Sugarhill import); Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force: ‘Planet Rock’ (Tommy Boy import)

ALREADY WRITTEN about in rival publications but well worth another mention here to remind you of their greatness.

‘The Message’ is Grandmaster Flash at his most dynamic and aggressive. The party’s seemingly over and someone’s kicked the trough over good and proper.

In through the back door has sneaked Corruption with his pals Poverty and Death to wreak vengeance on all the good times that once went down.

The street spews out its guts and leaves its wide eyed, down at heel young to pick through the rancid carnage while still trying to hang on to the thin thread of sanity and self respect.

A mofo of a sound that claw’s angrily into your heart. Expensive but essential.

‘Planet Rock’ you should already know about and is soon to be released, hopefully before the summer peters out, although rumours from New York tell of the Kraftwerk concern suing Afrika Bambaataa and the Soul Sonics for filching the crucial rhythms that run like bionic rats down a sewer pipe on this wiilldd paarrtty monster which once heard is never forgotten.

© Edwin PounceySounds, 31 July 1982

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