Classic Track of Day – Massive Attack

1991  Circa/Virgin  91685

1991 Circa/Virgin 91685

The other night David Letterman introduced Sonic Youth as a “seminal” group from rock’s lower-east side. Indeed that’s true. But you know how HappyParts feels about that word. Massive Attack is also a seminal group. Their feel, the production, the art direction – both sound and vision – an urban soundtrack for an un-written picture.  Although warmly accepted by the jet set,  and college radio,  Blue Lines made little impact on the mainstream upon release.

Today their sound, production style, and vision can be seen and heard in plethora of media platforms- film, TV, games, phones and ‘best new music.’ The Wild Bunch collective had their hands in several top selling releases – from U2,  Bjork, Portishead and Rhianna. – And again quietly like an ebbing tide, producer Jonny Dollar died on May 29th, 2009 at the Royal Marsden hospital at the age of 45. He had been diagnosed with cancer in August 2008. His passing went without much hipster fanfare – but his legacy can be heard in the fabric of  summertime clothes,  808s and poker face.

Unfinished Sympathy

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