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burning down the dreams of forever: The Nation of Ulysses - Plays Pretty For Baby

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I took the tape home and put it on, blasting it, much to the chagrin of my mother. I studied the liner notes, absorbing the music and message like a sponge. Since that day, I cannot fathom the idea of a world without it. The music is revolutionary, not so much in a political sense, but in the aspects of art and youth culture. Their goal was to infiltrate the minds of the young and spread their message of youth empowerment, drawing a line in the sand, forever eighteen!

Their plan did work, albeit posthumously. The sketch comedy troupe The State with the assistance of DC luminary Eli Janney, remixed "The Kingdom Of Heaven Must Be Taken By Storm" and "The Hickey Underworld" into a new creation that would be their show's theme song. Multiple times a week the sound of The Nation could be heard emanating from the bastard glow of the television, "Boys and Girls...Action! Action!"

MTV never knew what hit them.

Over the years I have owned this album on every format, tape twice, cd three times, and finally on vinyl. I invite you to let your guard down and be overcome by "the sound of jazz to come."

Pay particular attention to track 14. It contains a monologue by Ian Svenonius that I like very much.


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