Culturcide

Tacky Souvenirs of Pre-Revolutionary America

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Having lived through the era of Ronald Reagan, the '80s, may be a prerequisite for really understanding this album, or perhaps the concept should be to redo the record completely every few years in order to keep the satire more current. Supporters of home-taping and various attacks on the notion of copyright and the industries defending it should certainly enjoy the idea of this album, even as some of cultural references become dated. The unidentified members of this Houston-based group simply sing their own new lyrics on top of what were current hits by artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, and so on. Considering the overblown nature of these pop artists and the brain-dead society that swirls all around them, it is hard not to agree with the lyrics even when they are somewhat over the top. It is an album best listened to in small doses, in which case some tracks are a hoot, such as "They Aren't the World," an attack on the pompous and self-serving all-star "We Are the World." The record features terrific cover art. The best news is that Culturcide got away with it, and were never sued over the blatant copyright infringements.

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