Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The Coup - Party Music


In the summer of 2001, The Coup was planning a symbolic attack against the World Trade Center. The towers themselves were not the target; capitalism was the target. The attack was being made as a protest against a culture that celebrated mindless consumption, soulless greed, and nearly insurmountable chasms between the classes.

Unfortunately for Boots and DJ Pam the Funkstress, some other people were planning a similarly symbolic attack that would go far beyond a cheesy photo and a CD filled with incendiary lyrics.

The attack on 9/11 occurred before The Coup released Party Music. They were investigated by the FBI and quickly cleared of any wrongdoing. They redesigned the cover, and their second attempt -- while still pretty cheesy -- is much better than the first. What appears to be a celebration of Courvoisier and lust is actually a symbolic call to arms. When you spot the gasoline can sitting next to the martini glass, it becomes apparent what kind of party is being suggested. It's a fitting cover for an album that contains tracks like "5 Million Ways to Kill a CEO" and "Lazymuthafucka."



Blogger bob_vinyl said...

The only thing that could have been worse for the Coup would be if they were named Anthrax on top of it. The covers are cheesy, but I'm usually pretty pleased with anything that criticizes our culture so long as I believe the artist believes it. And I believe the Coup are serious about their criticisms.

September 11, 2007 at 6:58 AM  
Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

I agree with that, and it's unfortunate that reality came to fruition in the midst of a face-slapping commentary like this, not that one caused the other. I don't see Bin Laden jamming to The Coup, but you never know; gangsta rap is the soundtrack for middle-aged Republicans these days...

September 15, 2007 at 12:30 PM  

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