TABLE OF CONTENTS

PRINT December 1999

Simon Reynolds

1. London Pirate Radio Rallying the city’s “vibe tribe” with patois chants and Dada sound-poetry, pirate MCs surf the DJ’s turbulent flow and together conjure a Hakim Bey–style “power surge” against Babylon.

2. Public Enemy (Fear of a Black Planet) Militant hip-hop’s last blast, before gangsta/playa/thug rap’s still-unbroken reign of false consciousness.

3. Saint Etienne (“London Belongs to Me”) Britpop’s dub-hazy pinnacle, four years before a pipe dream was realized as a ghastly hegemony of nostalgia and parochialism.

4. Beltram (“Energy Flash”) Techno’s “Raw Power,” although Joey was aiming for “Iron Man.”

5. Nirvana (“Smells Like Teen Spirit” video) Rebel rock’s glorious valedictory blowout.

6. Castlemorton Common Rave (1992) Anarchy in the UK’s rural heartland, this 40,000-strong illegal party actually provoked legislation to ensure nothing like it happened again—top that, punk rock!

7.

Sign-in to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. Please sign in below.

Not registered for artforum.com? Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW at the discounted holiday rate of $45 a year—70% off the newsstand price—and receive the print magazine plus full online access to this issue and our archive.*

Order the PRINT EDITION of the December 1999 issue for $17 or the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.