Thursday, February 16, 2006

Bantha's Gonna Work It Out



Star Wars (1995 "Faces" VHS).


Fear of a Black Planet by Public Enemy. The apex of PE's recorded output. Gritty and unrelenting. Contains the comical lambast "911 is a Joke" and the landmark call to arms "Fight the Power." Cover features the title written in that familiar Star Wars crawl style.

As usual, I started the album right after the second drumroll in the 20th Century Fox fanfare.


- A voice is heard saying, "There's something changing in the climate..." as the opening crawl is fading away.

- A "let's go!" is heard in "Brother's Gonna Work It Out" as the stormtroopers blast through the door of the Tantive IV.

- The line "gonna be a victim of his own circumstance" in "Brother's Gonna Work It Out" is heard as we see Darth Vader for the first time.

- The "hit me!" that starts "911 is a Joke" coincides with the explosion that convinces C-3PO to get in the escape pod.

- Flava Flav says, "Going, going, gone!" in "911" as we see the escape pod floating down to Tatooine.

- "Welcome to the Terrordome" starts as we see R2-D2 rolling through the cavern where the Jawas capture him.

- Uncle Owen tells Luke to take Threepio and R5-D4 inside and clean them up at the same time Flava Flav says, "Yo Terminator, meet the G that killed me" in "Meet The G That Killed Me." It looks like Owen is introducing Threepio to Luke as the G that killed him, which makes total sense. Threepio is the G that killed Owen, indirectly. After R5-D4 blows up, Threepio suggests they take R2-D2 in his place. R2-D2 is carrying the Death Star plans, which the Empire is searching for. Later on, the Empire figures out who bought Artoo from the Jawas (Owen), and they kill him after they arrive at his house to find the droid missing.

- The line "there should not be any hatred for a brother or a sister" is heard in "Pollywanacraka" as Luke sees Princess Leia's hologram for the first time.

- Luke tells his Uncle he thinks the droids they purchased may have been stolen at the same time Flava Flav says, "Yo, check this out!" in "Anti-Nigger Machine."

- The line about some of "our best-equipped" refusing to fight in the speech clip preceding "Fight the Power" coincides with a shot of Han Solo. Later in the film, Han refuses to fight in the Death Star assault.


There was some pretty bomb stuff in this one (especially that Uncle Owen/"Meet The G That Killed Me" thing). Too bad it maxed out at ten. Oh well. As Flava Flav himself has said, that's the way the ball bounces, G. Bass fo' yo' face!


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