Music Rules: The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy

The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy was an industrial/hip-hop band which sadly produced only one album on their own, 1992’s “Hypocrisy Is The Greatest Luxury”(A second effort “Spare Ass Annie And Other Tales” was a collaboration with William S. Burroughs).

Oh, what an album it was.  It was more landslide than a landmark, its political and social messages on par with Gil Scott Heron and other activists.  The album still stands up today, worth listening to for its message an its music.

There are a couple of weak moments on the album, but most of its themes and messages stand the test of time and are still relevant today.  The standout tracks:

  • Television, the Drug of the Nation
  • Language of Violence
  • The Winter of the Long Hot Summer
  • INS Greencard A-19 191 500
  • California Über Alles

“California” is a cover, updated to talk about then-governor Pete Wilson.


  1. polishsalami says

    Television, the Drug of the Nation was a staple of Australia’s RAGE program when it was released. Great song.

  2. cherbear says

    I was just looking up information about this song last week. I heard the song many years ago on Brave New Waves which was a CBC late night music radio program that played “alternative” music in the ’80’s and ’90’s. I love that program, and was introduced to a whole new world of music. I still remember many of them with great fondness including this band and the song ” Television”.