EDDY GRANT "LIVING ON THE FRONTLINE"

EDDY GRANT "LIVING ON THE FRONTLINE"
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There’s something deceptively brilliant embedded within the strange & uncomfortable mixture of pop music & critical, socially conscious lyricism. This exercise in camouflaged critical theory has been wielded by the most influential of pop artists, often times for the benefit of reputation & cultural appeasement, a means by which artists demarcate their separation from complete subservience to the dominant order---both recording labels & the broader social totality. Eddy Grant, master of Disco-Reggae fusion & icon of militant cultural resistance stands in stark contrast to those revolutionary farces, concerned solely with the image of the invested social activist, playing the role of the divergent & dissident advocate for their own selfish benefit. His life-long commitment to the critical & engaged deconstruction, partially spurred by his upbringing as a poor Jamaican immigrant in London’s Kentish Town district, developed into a one-man mission to infuse the new dance aesthetic with a rigidly conscious perception of modern conditions of material & existential despair, operating from his unique status as the sole owner of Ice Records and dissemination his cross-cultural, heterogeneous mastery of soulful rhythmic ingenuity, eventually gaining world-wide popularity for his rabid & uncompromising assault on the hypocrisy of the developed world, despite enjoying stardom status across the board. Popularity was never a priority for Grant, and yet, despite his success in the underground dance music scene of NYC & beyond, gaining indisputable prestige for such works as “Walking On Sunshine” & “Time Warp” (the instrumental version of “Nobody’s Got Time," featured in this 12’ compilation), Grant managed to ride the delicate & fragile line of popularity & refusal in delivering his sound to the most recuperated & utterly subservient of cultural channels while maintaining a starch integrity & political wit that always showed through his most ingenious of pop-music sensibilities---the perfect vehicle to disseminate his critical drollness throughout the developed world. "They got me living on top of my existence, oh appreciating my resistance.”
 
 

   
Tracklisting
Side A.  
1. Living On The Frontline / Frontline Symphony
 
Side B.    
1. Nobody's Got Time
   
2. Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys  

 
   
Artist Title  
EDDY GRANT LIVING ON THE FRONTLINE  
     
Label Cat.#  
ICE ICE.12.001  
     
Year Format  
2009 12"  
     
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