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Punk funk from the left

by Lee Billingham
Issue No. 1921

Radio 4, from New York, came to prominence with their second album Gotham in 2002.

Radio 4 fuse righteous anthemic punk and indie rock with funk, reggae and techno. Lyrically and vocally, they bring to mind The Clash at their best.

The new album, Stealing of a Nation, refers to Bush’s election fraud and the illegal occupation of Iraq. The debate around Ralph Nader’s presidential candidacy is touched on in “The Death of American Radio”.

Radio 4 are part of a wave of new New York bands dubbed “punk-funk” by the music press. They stand out because they also inject political music with the sense of excitement and vibrancy the movement deserves.

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Sat 2 Oct 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1921
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