Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Still Fighting the Powers That Be

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Still Fighting the Powers That Be

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Byline: PAUL CLARK

POP

Meltdown: Public Enemy Festival Hall

IT IS 16 years since Public Enemy were the most feared band on the planet but at last night's Meltdown it seemed that time, on stage at least, had stood still.

The burning intensity of Chuck D's booming baritone volleys juxtaposed with Flavor Flav's comedic rhetoric again proved the consummate rap alliance.

Professor Griff, once ousted from the band for anti-Semitism, completed the vocal pitchfork that prodded the political conscience and stabbed at the heart of the alliance that invaded Iraq.

The conflict has given Public Enemy a new raison d'etre and they were keen to point accusatory fingers at Bush and Blair. Incendiary new single Son Of A Bush challenged the President's cynically nepotistic rise to power over a pungent rock guitar.

What Good Is A Bomb? featured an imaginary phone call to Tony Blair in which Professor Griff questioned the validity of Blair's argument that Iraq harboured weapons of mass destruction. …

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