EUR VIDEO THROWBACK: This time Grandmaster Flash was booed and bombarded by hometown mobs
* Today marks a time in history when hip hop and its anti-establishment cousin, punk rock, came together on the same New York stage in disastrous fashion.
In 1981, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were percolating in New York City with their first hit “Freedom”, and were about a year away from their massive single “The Message”.
Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, a British punk group Shock were also a few months away from reaching their peak of popularity. To promote their fourth studio album “Sandinista!” in the United States, the group booked 8 shows at the Bonds International Casino in New York in May and June 1981. They performed a new opening act every night and recruited Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five to open the race. 8 nights on May 28. , nineteen eighty one.
It didn’t go well.
Grandmaster Flash, Miss Mel and the company was booed and assaulted with various objects from the crowd, who clearly did not appreciate the shared middle finger of hip hop over mainstream music. In fact, when Miss Mell waved the audience to “Say Ho!” the crowd shouted back, “F ** k you!”
Clash fans have become so reckless that their singer / guitarist Joe strummer had to come out and yell at them to show them respect.
Actor Steve Buscemi happened to be there that night.
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Also in Bonds that night 40 years ago was Fat slim boy (of “Praise You” fame), which talks about Grandmaster Flash’s influence below at 1:49.
After Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five survived their first place, The Clash continued to perform for the obnoxious crowd …
And Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five went on to release “The Message,” a song that historians say was the founding bridge between the era of the braggadocio and party rhyming genre and the later social commentary cemented by Public. Enemy and Boogie Down Productions.