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ARTIST
TITLE
Rebel Music
FORMAT
12"

LABEL
CATALOG #
DMD 580EP DMD 580EP
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RELEASE DATE
1/19/2009

A1. "Rebel Music" (Laswell remix from Dreams of Freedom: Ambient Translations of Bob Marley in Dub B1. "Them Belly Full" B2. "Natural Mystic". Compiled by Francis Englehardt & Paul Nickerson for Slow To Speak. Silkscreened lettering on jacket. "The music of Bob Marley & The Wailers has suffered some of the worst fans in musical history, truly! I can think of no better example of good music that has been wholly distorted, contextually decimated & stripped of any original ingenuity & intelligence than Marley's catalog. True, practically every soul on this good earth has dabbled in the irresistibly visceral & intellectually vigorous songs of the quintessential champion of Rastafarian & Jamaican cultural dissemination, and his countless hits seem to settle evermore eternally into our basic notion of American & trans-global popular culture & sensibility. But it's the frequent overlooking of his political salve & theoretical virtuosity in favor of his alleged 'go-easy' message of nauseating positivity & blind optimism that has turned off countless potential listeners & critics alike, the droves of willfully apolitical, mentally-sloven, merrily bourgeois idiots roaming college campuses for miles touting a 'don't worry, be happy' attitude to the ever-present soundtrack of Marley's most obvious & less-than-inspiring hits the perfect deterrent for the fair & balanced consumption & appreciation of the Jamaican music legend's extensive & diverse catalog -- his stunning lyrical compositions, his free & open divulsion of personal uncertainty & existential doubt in the face of massive economic & social repression trodden underneath an army of dimwits who willfully recuperate anything radical, daring or even vaguely stimulating in his music in the service of a continued international conspiracy for the dumbing down of all that is good and fair and right and just. Well, perhaps this goes too far, and more importantly, maybe it's just irrelevant, as long as one follows the simple & obvious guidelines of sincere musical appreciation: forget the context but one's own, block out all previous unsavory associations with a music & listen free of all fetters of associative negativity; in other words, listen, then think, rather than the opposite. It may seem an overly simple & ineffectual technique, but it's proper use will assuredly sweep away all the sickeningly blasé & justifiably distracting imbecilic fog distorting an otherwise accomplished & multi-talented songwriter, singer & musician whose music hits with such obvious appeal & universal accessibility it can only be deemed truly compelling."