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Television, the Drug of the Nation

The Beatnigs were a San Francisco band, which combined hard-core punk, industrial, jazz poetry and hip hop influences. The band was the initial collaboration of Michael Franti and Rono Tse, who would later form Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. The band's stage performance included the use of power tools such as a rotary saw on a metal bar to create industrial noise and pyrotechnics.

The Beatnigs released an LP and 12" EP of their most famous song (I'll Take You There: Pop Music And the Urge for Transcendence Continuum International Publishing Group

"Television: The Drug of the Nation (remixed by Adrian Sherwood, Gary Clail, and Mark Stewart) on Alternative Tentacles in 1988.

That same year the played their NYC "debut" at the New Music Seminar and recorded for the BBC's Peel Sessions. The LP was recently reissued by Alternative Tentacles, which called it a "classic slab of late 1980s music. One venue for the band was the infamous Barrington Hall. Franti at the time worked for Berkeley's Subway Guitars.



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