Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The Coup - Party Music


In the summer of 2001, The Coup was planning a symbolic attack against the World Trade Center. The towers themselves were not the target; capitalism was the target. The attack was being made as a protest against a culture that celebrated mindless consumption, soulless greed, and nearly insurmountable chasms between the classes.

Unfortunately for Boots and DJ Pam the Funkstress, some other people were planning a similarly symbolic attack that would go far beyond a cheesy photo and a CD filled with incendiary lyrics.

The attack on 9/11 occurred before The Coup released Party Music. They were investigated by the FBI and quickly cleared of any wrongdoing. They redesigned the cover, and their second attempt -- while still pretty cheesy -- is much better than the first. What appears to be a celebration of Courvoisier and lust is actually a symbolic call to arms. When you spot the gasoline can sitting next to the martini glass, it becomes apparent what kind of party is being suggested. It's a fitting cover for an album that contains tracks like "5 Million Ways to Kill a CEO" and "Lazymuthafucka."