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The Beatnigs was a late 80's industrial/political hip-hop performance collaboration featuring Michael Franti and fellow San Francisco Bay Area artists Rono Tse, Kevin Carnes, Andre Flores and Henry Flood. The band's stage performance utilized agit prop slogans, tapes, and included the use of power tools such as a rotary saw on a metal bar to create industrial noise and pyrotechnics.

They released material on Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles label and toured Europe with Billy Bragg. Early venues for… read more

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  • Avatar for bEATWEAKer
    Me too.
  • Avatar for ulfkastner
    Still waiting for the [artist]Death Grips[/artist] kids to arrive...
  • Avatar for outrenoir
    surprised there weren't/aren't more bands in this vein. They oddly sound close in some ways to bands like Foetus and Mosely-era Faith No More but more genuinely industrial
  • Avatar for theory_of_mind
    wow, i didn't realize "Television, the Drug of the Nation" predates the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. they toured Europe with Billy Bragg, awesome.
  • Avatar for johnnycat242
  • Avatar for Gravejr
    Live show:
  • Avatar for PuddaWudda
    I love the Beatnigs, so criminally unheard of.
  • Avatar for b_international
    Isn't that pic just The Disposable Heroes with William Burroughs though?
  • Avatar for darewon
    Change the picture...that's not the Beatnigs (Michael Franti/Rono Tse and the rest).
  • Avatar for affe55
    find a comfortable place inbetween your speakers

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