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Classic Album Review: Warsawpack | Stocks And Bombs

The funky Hamiltonian fusionistas offer a grad lesson in the politics of dancing.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


The revolution may not be televised, but it sure is going to be damn funky. That is, if Lee Raback and Warsawpack have any say in the matter.

For the last few years, this eclectic Hamilton outfit sees to have been on a quest to prove that you can raise consciousness and get down at the same time. And they make that point quite successfully once again on their second full-length release Stocks And Bombs. Mind-melding the political rap-rhetoric of Chuck D, the raspy vocals of an extremely paranoid Dave Matthews, the low-rock of Morphine, the vibes of a mellowed-out Chili Peppers and the punchy horns of James Brown’s Famous Flames, this septet lay down righteous, hip-swivelling grooves that contrast and complement Raback’s jaundiced lyrical manifestos on tracks like Wolfblitzer, Market Steward Living and TV Eyes (not to be confused with the Iggy Pop chestnut). Put it all together and it’s a post-grad lesson in the politics of dancing.