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San Francisco, United States (1988 – present)

Consolidated was an American radical recording and performing collective, formed in in San Francisco in 1988. They were distinguished by left-leaning political activism and politically radical lyrics, as well as their innovative sonic collages which blended industrial and hip-hop styles. Adam Sherburne and Mark Pistel had been members of synthpop/dance outfit Until December. Philip Steir had drummed in the funk/rock group Shy Hands. Repudiating those bands’ sound and politics, and inspired by Public Enemy’s politics and aggressive sound collages, the trio regrouped as Consolidated. They foregrounded their left-wing politics: pro-environment, pro-labor, pro-choice, anti-corporate, pro-animal rights, anti-drug (at least initially), critical of media exploitation of women, and concerned about rock music’s lack of political engagement.

The band released their self-titled debut EP in 1989 (they were on Nettwerk in North America and Zoth Ommog in Europe). Centered on two mixes of the industrial-rap “Consolidated!”, the EP is a statement of purpose, a foreshadowing of the bands’ ideas and politics. While embracing rap and sampling, its jerky rhythms aren’t far from late-period Devo.

Their first full-length record, The Myth of Rock, is also aggressively political, but its complex and intricate instrumental backing—recalling, at once, Tackhead, Public Enemy, late-80s sampledelica, and the brutal industrial of Test Dept.—would impress even the most conservative listeners. Sherburne does more speaking on the record than rapping or singing, but his anger and conviction come through on every track. Not as heavy-handed as it could be, this is an underrated dance record.


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  • HuggyPappa

    Consolidateds colaboration with the Yeasty Girls in the track "You suck" was amazing at the time.

    11 Dec 2012 Reply
  • stupidstuff

    "The most politically-correct music group in history" Well OK it's been two plus years since the comment was made, and I'm guessing it was referencing the fact the Consolidated was pro-inclusiveness; however, being so far out of the mainstream when it came to the Bible, vegitarianism, the military et al I find it hard to classify them as being a politically correct band. But maybe it actually the case. Is there a national politician who talks about these things from a similar viewpoint to that of Consolidated? Now ask the same question about say Lee Greenwood.

    14 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Gehyrrnfrostt

    Haha, yeah. Buy CDs! ;D

    22 Apr 2011 Reply
  • DrFloccin der

    31 Jan 2011 Reply
  • bothersomegod

    Can someone give me a link for Consolidated's stuff? I just can't find it anywhere.

    11 Oct 2010 Reply
  • sowjetpanzer

    Meat is good!

    30 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Gehyrrnfrostt


    24 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Chimino

    The most politically-correct music group in history. I agreed with most of their views, but they were corny as hell.

    30 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Pluviusxxx

    Rello you are 19 and what do you know about communism while poland was a socialist country?

    25 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Rello

    Even though I hate commies (quite possibly because in Poland we know what communism is - Hardly Americans can know that), I must say: Sounds nice.

    24 Dec 2009 Reply
  • jinxnscooter

    dysfunctional relationship is still one of my all time favorites...listen to the words people!!! listen...thank gawd for consolidated a band w/a brain hell yeah!!

    29 Oct 2009 Reply
  • hearditfirst

    I want to approach the band for a Best Of proposal - mostly Friendly Fascism, Play More Music, Business and Myth stuff plus remixes.........fuck they made some great music.....

    2 Sep 2009 Reply
  • NoooFun

    I can't find Friendly Fa$cism anywhere though :-(

    26 Aug 2009 Reply
  • NoooFun

    Great band!

    11 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Irrational_Psyc

    What is this? THIS IS A COLLECTIVE! Right.

    24 Apr 2008 Reply
  • SoylentBlack

    Keep up the fight!

    2 Feb 2008 Reply
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