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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

Sessions

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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.)

1987
  • 09 March 1987: Timebomb (LP - Yo! Bum Rush The Show) Def Jam
  • 25 March 1987: You're Gonna Get Yours (LP - Yo! Bum Rush The Show) Def Jam
  • 30 March 1987: Rightstarter (Message To A Black Man) (LP - Yo! Bum Rush The Show) Def Jam
  • 31 March 1987: Miuzi Weighs A Ton (LP - Yo! Bum Rush The Show) Def Jam
  • 01 April 1987: Public Enemy No.1 (LP - Yo! Bum Rush The Show) Def Jam
  • 08 April 1987: You're Gonna Get Yours (LP - Yo! Bum Rush The Show) Def Jam
  • 13 April 1987: Yo! Bum Rush The Show (album - Yo! Bum Rush The Show) Def Jam 450482-1 (JP: "It's always bottoms with you Americans, isn't it?"
  • 27 April 1987: Timebomb (LP - Yo! Bum Rush The Show) Def Jam
  • April 1987 (Radio Bremen): Raise The Roof (album - Yo! Bum Rush The Show) Def Jam
  • 11 May 1987: Yo! Bum Rush The Show (LP - Yo! Bum Rush The Show) Def Jam
  • 26 May 1987: You're Gonna Get Yours (album - Yo! Bum Rush The Show) Def Jam Recordings 450482-1
  • HO John Peel 2 1987: Yo! Bum Rush The Show (album - Yo! Bum Rush The Show) Def Jam Recordings
  • 12 June 1987 (BFBS): You're Gonna Get Yours (album - Yo! Bum Rush The Show) Def Jam Recordings 450482-1
  • 24 June 1987: 'You're Gonna Get Yours (12 inch-Dub/Terminator X Getaway Mix)' (Def Jam) (This was the version that made the 1987 Festive Fifty at #38)
  • 29 June 1987: You're Gonna Get Yours (7" - You're Gonna Get Yours / Miuzi Weighs A Ton) Def Jam
  • 30 June 1987: 'Rebel Without A Pause (12 inch)' (Def Jam)
  • 06 July 1987: Rebel Without A Pause (Vocal Mix) (12") Def Jam
  • 08 July 1987: You're Gonna Get Yours (Dub / Terminator X Getaway Version) (12") Def Jam
  • 10 July 1987 (Radio Bremen): You're Gonna Get Yours (Dub / Terminator X Getaway Version) (12" - You're Gonna Get Yours / Rebel Without A Pause / Miuzi Weighs A Ton) Def Jam
  • 10 July 1987 (Radio Bremen): Rebel Without A Pause (Vocal Mix) (12" - You're Gonna Get Yours / Rebel Without A Pause / Miuzi Weighs A Ton) Def Jam
  • 12 July 1987 ( BFBS): You're Gonna Get Yours (Dub / Terminator X Getaway Version) (12") Def Jam
  • 17 July 1987 (BFBS): Rebel Without A Pause (Vocal Mix) (12" - You're Gonna Get Yours / Rebel Without A Pause / Miuzi Weighs A Ton) Def Jam
  • 13 August 1987 (Radio Bremen): Yo! Bum Rush The Show (album - Yo! Bum Rush The Show) Def Jam
  • 23 November 1987: Bring The Noise (v/a LP - Less Than Zero (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)) Def Jam
  • 25 November 1987: Bring The Noise (v/a LP - Less Than Zero (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)) Def Jam
  • 30 November 1987: Bring The Noise (v/a LP - Less Than Zero (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)) Def Jam
  • 08 December 1987: Bring The Noise (No Noise Version) (12") Def Jam Recordings 651335 6
  • 13 December 1987 (BFBS): Bring The Noise (No Noise Version) (12") Def Jam Recordings 651335 6
  • 15 December 1987: Bring The Noise (No Noise Version) (12") Def Jam
  • 23 December 1987: 'You're Gonna Get Yours (12 inch-Dub/Terminator X Getaway Version)' (Def Jam) FF #38
  • 29 December 1987: 'Rebel Without A Pause (LP-It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back)' (Def Jam) FF #14
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
2000
  • 21 June 2000: Do You Wanna Go Our Way (23 Skidoo Mix) (12" - Poison Remixes) Pias
2002
2004
  • 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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