Video: The Liberators go Blaxploitation!

 

Afro-beat you can use. “Muthafucka’s
wheel is on the wrong side of the car!”

 

By Fred
Mills

 

This has
got to be one of the most fun videos to come down the pike since the trailer
for Son of Blacula (or any number of
Yo La Tengo clips, take your pick): The Liberators, doing “Rags To Riches.” It’s
courtesy of Don’t Look Back Pictures and was directed by Ken Karpel.

 

But it’s
way more than just a promo vehicle for the song; it’s a 7 ½-minute traipse
through the back pages of Blaxploitation flicks. As one of the commentators put
it at YouTube, “This is the shiz! Love it when he punches the hat!” ‘Nuf said.

 

The
Liberators are a killer funk/Afro-beat/jazz combo from Sydney, Australia,
and their self-titled debut came out a couple of months ago on the Record Kicks
label
. Check ‘em out at their Facebook page.

 

[Photo
Credit: Chris McKeen]

 

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