Public Enemy
Public Enemy
is an American hip hop group consisting of Chuck D, Flavor Flav, DJ Lord, The S1W group, Khari Wynn and Professor Griff. Formed in Long Island, New York, in 1982, Public Enemy is known for their politically charged lyrics and criticism of the American media, with an active interest in the frustrations and concerns of the African American community. Their first four albums during the late 1980s and early 1990s were all certified either gold or platinum. The group have been controversial with members supporting a black supremacist organisation called the Nation of Islam, who have been known for advocating anti-semitism and homophobia.

Links To Peel

The group got the attention of Peel, who was impressed with their innovative use of sampling and scratching, using riffs from bands such as Slayer in the track She Watch Channel Zero to the band's political lyrics that promoted black awareness, rather than the stereotypical hip hop image of degrading women. The band were regularly played on Peel's show and even entered in the Festive Fifty in 1987 and 1988. After 1992 Peel lost interest in them, until a few remixes of the band's material were played on his show, including one from Evolution Control Committee, who used a mashup of Public Enemy's "By the Time I Get To Arizona" and "Rebel Without a Pause" with music from Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, which entered at number 20 in the 1998 Festive Fifty.

Festive Fifty Entries


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Other Shows Played

(The following list was compiled only from the database of this site and Lorcan's Tracklistings Archive and is certainly incomplete. Please add further details if known.)

  • 21 June 2000: Do You Wanna Go Our Way (23 Skidoo Mix) (12" - Poison Remixes) Pias 
  • 24 April 2002: Da Noise (single) white label (with Freak Nasty)
  • 20 April 2004: 'Seven Nation Army/Bring the Noize/Rebel Without A Pause (CD Single)' (White Label)
  • 01 December 2004 (Rob Da Bank): 'Rebel Without a Pause' (LP - It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back) (Def)
  • 16 December 2004: 'Bring The Noise (CD-It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back)' (Def Jam)

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