Urban Dance Squad

Mental Floss for the Globe

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The 1990 debut of Urban Dance Squad revealed a band smashing the boundaries between rock, funk, punk, metal, and hip-hop. "Fast Lane" leads the program with a blistering groove powered by chugging guitar and sampled horns. Later, "Brainstorm on the U.D.S." alternates rap verses with a punky shoutalong chorus, while "The Devil" borrows a murky string bassline and greasy slide guitar from the Tom Waits bag. Rudeboy never really sings; rather, he raps or -- when the song demands it -- sort of chants along in a singsong cadence. But for a non-singer he has a great voice, one that comes from the chest but has a sharp enough edge to cut through the mix. Also notable are polymath guitarist Tres Manos and the unbelievably funky bass of Silly Sil.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:29
2 3:39
3 4:32
4 3:34
5 3:30
6 4:59
7 4:03
8 3:21
9 5:15
10 3:05
11 4:03
12 3:40
13 4:10

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 4:05
2 3:57
3 4:08
4 4:07
5 3:44
6 3:44
7 4:24
8 5:15
9 2:46
10 4:17
11 3:31
12 4:05
13 8:15
14 2:39
15 4:30
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