No Ripcord: X, Black Flag, Public Enemy (80s Playlist)

No Ripcord is continuing its playlist series with the 80s.  I contributed blurbs for "We're Desperate" by X, "Six Pack" by Black Flag and "Rebel Without A Pause" by Public Enemy, though another writer selected "Night of the Living Baseheads," which canceled out my PE entry.

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Selections are available below.

This was my two cents regarding "Rebel Without A Pause:"

Public Enemy — "Rebel Without A Pause"
“YES! The rhythm/The rebel!” Being mostly unfamiliar with hip-hop when I’d first heard Public Enemy’s “Rebel Without A Pause,” I still consider it to be one of the greatest songs of the genre. Aside from Chuck D’s commanding presence, the transitions from clicking drum loops/escalating whistle to rock sections during Flavor Flav’s nonsensical pep rallying were startling to me. I’d just never heard anything like it, nor did I think the relatively limited construct of DJ and MC could conjure up something this sonically palatable.

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