Michael Franti came to my attention via a friend that I haven’t seen for years. He saw Franti in his first band incarnation The Beatnigs supporting Billy Bragg. There’s something about someone else eulogising about music you yourself have missed that resonates.
When Franti toured with The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy I was there – I kinda had to be. Birmingham University was the venue circa 1992 and it’s a rare example of a gig that I would give 10/10 too. Franti was a clear spokesman for a near lost generation. Slacker had lost it’s disdain cool and it felt like time to move on. Momentarily The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy were one of the most important bands on the planet – not that anyone really noticed.
Whilst it is true that the sound of The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy hasn’t aged particularly well, back in ’92 the sound was totally on the button. Beyond that, the vibe at the gig was electric. This vibe built through the gig and came to that explosion moment that only peppers magical gigs. Taking on the Dead Kennedys classic California Uber Alles the band re-charged a near flawless song. It’s hard to put this into words – it just felt right. I guess you had to be there to really understand.
With time Franti has musically mellowed and only today, by accident, with my iTunes on shuffle a song came on where I thought ‘what is this?’ See You In The Light although less furious that material of the artists previous output sounded like a timeless song – something that The Disposable Heros Of Hiphoprisy failed on – just.
What am I rambling about – it’s better explained through the two songs I guess. Have a listen and hopefully enjoy…