Day 1: Artists United Against Apartheid – Sun City

1985-SunCityThis is one of the first albums I ever bought (on cassette no less!) and it had deeper influences than I ever could have thought. Listening to it now, I can recognise several things. Firstly, that it started a (or maybe reflected an incipient) taste for political music, something that continues to be a part of my choices to this day. Secondly, with its drum track by Keith LeBlanc it fuelled a later obsession with Tackhead and related bands, and a certain kind of industrial sound. My delight in the Special AKA’s “Free Nelson Mandela” can be traced to this album. And my enjoyment of Bruce Springsteen is ultimately down to his one special contribution to the title track (and of course, Little Steven’s project). Adrian Sherwood, Gary Clail, and the dub trail that I followed from them could also be laid at the foot of this odd collaboration, not to mention that Miles Davis puts in an appearance…

~ by Doug Newdick on March 15, 2020.

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