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Michael Franti and Spearhead, 'Stay Human'

Boo Boo Wax, 2001. Audio CD, 73mins

This is a kind of concept album about pirate-radio and death-row. The premise being that it’s the night before a revolutionary, activist nun (yes, nun), who advocates the medical use of marijuana, is about to be executed.

Hmmm... Michael Franti is a lovely, great guy, and this album has a lot to recommend it (it's on in the office a lot). Issues are sensitively covered, the songs are fantastic, beautifully arranged, hitting the political-soulful-funk spot perfectly. But the snippets of faux pirate-radio... aarrrgghhh! If it wasn't terribly naughty I'd be re-burning my copy minus these tracks.

Topics: Prison | Culture