Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Lilly Allen + The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy

The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury, (1992) is now a favorite around here. Elliot announced that he likes rap music, so Danny dug up this old school political rap/hip-hop cd and the boys loved it. The lyrics are clean, but the topics are complex. Their cover of California Uber Alles (Asher calls it California Uber Allison) raised a whole lot of questions for Elliot: Why was Pete Wilson was so bad? Did he ever get to be president? Why did he cut public education? What are tax loopholes? What does incarceration and malathion mean?

Lilly Allen's music is also not really appropriate for young kids, yet the boys were introduced to her anyway (many songs we skip over for language). Her songs are deceptively bright and upbeat with their bouncy dance hall / ska sound, but the lyrics deadpan cynical and streetwise. Asher loves "Lilly Awen" so I found her most innocuous video / song for his viewing pleasure, LDN:



Sun is in the sky oh why oh why ?
Would I wanna be anywhere else
Sun is in the sky oh why oh why ?
Would I wanna be anywhere else

When you look with your eyes
Everything seems nice
But if you look twice
you can see it's all lies

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