Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury

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Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury
Studio album by The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy
Released March 3, 1992
Genre Industrial hip hop[1]
Length 62:32
Label 4th & B'way, Island, PolyGram
Producer Michael Franti
The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy chronology
Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury
(1992)
Spare Ass Annie and Other Tales
(1993)

Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury is the debut album by alternative hip hop crew The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, released in 1992 (see 1992 in music). Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury found some critical acclaim, although the album leaned away from the then-rising G-Funk that came to be the dominant sub-genre within west coast hip hop.[citation needed]

“Television, the Drug of the Nation” was released as a single. It was recorded previously by Michael Franti's first band, the Beatnigs.

Critical reception[edit]

In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, music critic Robert Christgau gave the album an "A–" and said that, although some of the ideas and metaphors are unconvincing, Michael Franti's "intellectual grasp thrusts him immediately into pop's front rank". He also praised DJ Rono Tse as "a one-man hip hop band" who, with the help of percussionist Mark Pistel, "creates more music than he samples, stretching Bomb Squad parameters to carry the tracks whenever Franti falters."[2] Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury finished number 19 in The Village Voice '​s Pazz & Jop critics' poll.[3] Christgau, the poll's creator, ranked it number 14 in his own list.[4]

In a retrospective review, Allmusic's Ned Raggett gave the album four-and-a-half out of five stars and said that the group "tackled every last big issue possible with one of 1992's most underrated efforts." He felt that, while its mix of "Bomb Squad and industrial music approaches" make it an appealing album, Franti's thematic breadth and "rich voice" are highlights.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Satanic Reverses" (Franti) – 4:45
  2. "Famous and Dandy (Like Amos and Andy)" (Franti) – 6:34
  3. "Television, the Drug of the Nation" (Franti) – 6:38
  4. "Language of Violence" (Franti) – 6:15
  5. "The Winter of the Long Hot Summer" (Franti) – 7:59
  6. "Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury" (Franti) – 3:47
  7. "Everyday Life Has Become a Health Risk" (Franti) – 4:54
  8. "INS Greencard A-19 191 500" (Franti) – 1:36
  9. "Socio-Genetic Experiment" (Franti) – 4:19
  10. "Music and Politics" (Franti) – 4:01
  11. "Financial Leprosy" (Franti) – 5:30
  12. "California Über Alles" (Biafra/Greenway) – 4:13
  13. "Water Pistol Man" (Franti) – 5:55

Samples[edit]

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Personnel[edit]

  • John Baker - Engineer
  • Kim Buie - Art Direction
  • The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy - Editing, Art Direction, Mixing
  • Michael Franti - Arranger, Programming, Vocals, Backing Vocals
  • Vivian Hall
  • Mark Heimback-Nielsen - Art Direction, Design
  • Charlie Hunter - Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Voices
  • Jeff Mann - Post Production Engineer
  • Mark Pistel - Arranger, Programming, Engineer, Mixing
  • Pete Scaturro - Engineer
  • Rono Tse - Percussion, Drums, Drums (Steel), Noise, Sheet Metal
  • Barbara Walker - Assistant Photographer
  • Howie Weinberg - Mastering
  • Simone White - Drums
  • Mat Callahan - Engineer
  • Jack Dangers - Mixing
  • Victor Hall - Art Direction, Photography
  • Jay Blakesberg - Photography
  • Sean Mathis - Assistant Photographer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christgau, Robert (April 1992). "Fast Cuts". Playboy. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (April 21, 1992). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ "The 1992 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll". The Village Voice (New York). March 2, 1993. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (March 2, 1993). "Pazz & Jop 1992: Dean's List". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury - The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy". Allmusic. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ Rap Sample FAQ