Tuesday, 22 March 2011

25: Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip, “Thou Shalt Always Kill” (no.34, 2007)

Being, in effect, the streetwise version of Baz Luhrmann’s chart-topping one-hit wonder “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” (no.1, 1999), although “Thou Shalt Always Kill”’s mix of home-made beats and homespun homily remains most notable, and most cherishable, for its rejection of scenester sneering (“some people are just nice”). Instead, we’re offered, from under the cover of a great beard, a mix of gleeful non-sequitur (“Thou shalt not judge a book by its cover/Thou shalt not judge Lethal Weapon by Danny Glover”), smart thinking (“don’t use poetry to get into girls’ pants/Use it to get into their minds”) and sound common sense (“Thou shalt not watch Hollyoaks”). Later updated (with the aid of De La Soul’s Posdnous, and references to basketball and Beyoncé) for the American market; bonus points if you can spot the three bits of advice in the original version with which I wholeheartedly disagree.

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