(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang

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"(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang"
Single by Heaven 17
from the album Penthouse and Pavement
Released 1981
Genre New wave, synthpop
Length 4:20[1]
Writer(s) Martyn Ware, Ian Craig Marsh, Glenn Gregory
Heaven 17 singles chronology
"(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang"
(1981)
"I'm Your Money"
(1981)

"(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang" is a song written and performed by British synthpop band Heaven 17. It was a minor hit in the UK in 1981, despite being banned by the BBC. It was also a minor dance hit in the US.

Details[edit]

"(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang" was written by Heaven 17 members Martyn Ware, Ian Craig Marsh and Glenn Gregory and included on their 1981 debut album Penthouse and Pavement.[2] It was the first single released by the band.[1]

In the lyrics fascism and racism are described in an ironic fashion, using the lexicon of funk music. The lyrics of the song also reference the UK and US political leaders of the time, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and President Ronald Reagan, respectively,[1] and include denunciations of both racism and fascism.[3] According to the book Banned!: Censorship of Popular Music in Britain, 1967-92, the song was banned by the BBC due to concerns by Radio 1's legal department that it libeled President Reagan.[4]

Reception and chart performance[edit]

Despite being banned by the BBC, "(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang" reached number 45 on the UK singles chart. It debuted on that chart on 21 March 1981 and peaked one week later.[5] The song was also a minor dance hit in the US, reaching number 29 on the Billboard Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart in 1981.[6] Allmusic reviewer Stewart Mason describes the song as "clattering and jangled", with multiple electronic rhythm tracks played simultaneously, making the song seem faster than its nominal tempo.[1] "(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang" has appeared on over a dozen 80s music and dance music compilations, including Rhino Records' Postpunk Chronicles and Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the '80s compilations.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Mason, Stewart. "Heaven 17: (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang". allmusic. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  2. ^ LeRoy, Dan. "Heaven 17: Penthouse and Pavement". allmusic. Archived from the original on 10 December 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Clark, Tristan (1 November 2007). Stick this in your memory hole. aduki independent press. p. 38. ISBN 0-9803351-2-4. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  4. ^ Cloonan, Martin (1996). Banned: Censorship of Popular Music in Britain: 1967-1992. Ashgate Publishing. p. 117. ISBN 1-85742-300-3. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Chart Stats - Heaven 17 - (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang". chartstats.com. Retrieved December 15, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Heaven 17: Billboard singles". allmusic. Retrieved December 15, 2010. 

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