LCD Soundsystem update Heaven 17’s 1981 single “(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang” for the Trump era with their tense, wildly funky cover of the synth-pop track. The reworked tune appears on the band’s upcoming Electric Lady Sessions, a live-in-the-studio project recorded in the legendary New York City studio and due out in late 2018 via Columbia Records/DFA.
Singer-keyboardist Nancy Whang fronts the track, belting lyrics that feel particularly relevant to a divisive political era. “Have you heard it on the news/ About this fascist groove thang?” she sings over palm-muted guitar buzz and vintage synth stabs. “Evil men with racist views/ Spreadin’ all across the land/ Don’t just sit there on your ass/ Unlock that funky chain dance.”
The decades-old lyrics feel oddly prescient to 2018. “History will repeat itself/ Crisis point, we’re near the hour,” Whang observes. “Democrats are out of power across that great wide ocean.” And she switches the only dated lyric to include a Trump diss, reworking “Reagan’s president-elect” to “The orange one is president.”
Heaven 17’s scored a minor hit with their original version of “(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang,” despite the BBC banning the track due to its scathing political focus.
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Electric Lady Sessions will follow LCD Soundsystem’s fourth LP, American Dream. The record earned a nomination for Best Alternative Music Album at this year’s Grammy Awards, and Rolling Stone named it the fifth-best album of 2017.