DISPOSABLE HEROES / “Television, The Drug Of A Nation”


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4 Responses to “DISPOSABLE HEROES / “Television, The Drug Of A Nation””

rich Says:
November 5th, 2006 at 6:34 pm

I still remember when I first heard this track that it was like a wake-up call. Politically switched on, funky and with a slice of anger apparent in the performance. Coming of age with the arrival of the track, I know many of my peers and I hung on to Franti’s early music, both with Disposable and Spearhead, as our generation’s angry, gifted poetic voice. Perhaps in retrospect the music may not prove as seminal as Scott-Heron and PE, but it definitely expanded the consciousness. If I remember rightly, one of the highlights of seeing Disposable Heroes live was the freakishly talented guitar player, Charlie Hunter – a one-man music machine who could coax out bass, guitar and organ lines seemingly simultaneously while he played.


Clarence Says:
November 5th, 2006 at 11:19 pm

Thanks I have been looking for some music by Michael Franti for two years. Thanks again and this is one CD I will have to get.

Peace CJIII


Matt Says:
November 7th, 2006 at 11:36 am

Franti’s first effort, with the Beatnigs, is also in your face industrial/rap/hip hop… Sadly, it’s no longer available.

I agree fully that what Franti and Spearhead are putting out is some wonderfully life-affirming music, but I think that if you buy the disks and think you’ve heard the best of what they have to offer, you are missing out. They are the best live band I’ve ever seen, bar none.


Eric Says:
November 9th, 2006 at 1:14 pm

thank you for this wonderful song I heard once about twenty years ago from the beatnigs live. They were support for a Billy Bragg ! concert and the whole show was blasting away everything so I fully agree with Matt. Especially the refrain of this song is escorting me my whole life when I tried to talk to anybody who couldn´t get off his eyes from this – drug.
Againandagain – thank you: Your blog is alive


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