CHARLES EARLAND "LEAVING THIS PLANET"

CHARLES EARLAND "LEAVING THIS PLANET"
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A heavily-played classic at David Mancuso's Loft parties, Charles Earland's "Leaving This Planet" encapsulates  the visionary appropriation of the early NYC disco scene: an uptempo funky Jazz masterpiece that spoke to the precise moment of divine convergence that was NYC's underground dance community, and in so doing, secured it's place in the annals of musical and cultural immortality far beyond it's originally intended role. "Leaving This Planet" explicates both lyrically & musically, verbally and viscerally the basic platform of early club culture: a veritable antithetic to organized political action, and yet deeply political in it's own (possibly unconscious) right. A longing not just for immediate and total escape from the physical and spiritual plight of modern American urban poverty, but, in fact, an actually cohesive, organized and structured fraternity that applied a philosophy formulated from direct experience under the hardships of alienated material existence to the latter's objective stranglehold on passion, expression and cultural mobility, establishing a politics of the everyday that was practiced with tenacity and resolved, determined to abolish banal drudgery in favor of a new utopian vision: theoretical architecture constructed on top of the cold, estranging urban landscape of American inner-city plight. The early pioneers of NYC's underground have demonstrated for us continually through their example & legacy (which we should always reinvent & re-theorize for our own needs, of course) that to truly escape the hardships of this world requires an uncompromising exploitation of it's most base material simplicities, their direct reconstruction and re-appropriation, not for the continued service of the superstructures of economic and social division, but for the purposes of human need, human passion, human necessity: in service of LIFE.

Compiled by Francis Englehardt & Paul Nickerson for slow/to\speak, featuring an exclusive B-Side by  anti-philosopher DG9...there are no leaders... 
   
Tracklisting 
Side A. 
1.   Charles Earland - Leaving This Planet
Side B.   
1.  DG9 - Left This Planet (Gone)
   
 
Artist Title
CHARLES EARLAND LEAVING THIS PLANET
   
Label Cat.#
PRESTIGE P.660000
   
Year Format
2008 12"
   
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