Death From Above 1979 - Black History Month
Taken from DFA 1979’s You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine, is the slow burner with a rage bubbling under the surface, Black History Month. It gets a little creepy too, as lead singer Sebastien Grainger sings hold on, hold on… children. You’re Mother, Father are leaving. And later… You’re best friends are leaving… -- lyrics for a psychologist to muse over abandonment issues.. I’m sure.
Remixes, such as the Sammy Danger Remix and the Alan Brake & Fred Falke Remix bring a basic rock’n’roll edge to the table and make each part of the instrumentation clearer, most notably the lyrics, but both take the subtlety of passion in the original away and replace it with some dated power rock.
However, the original is an intricately layered and complex lead guitar-less wonder, as they have proved all their songs are just that this year. Much more mellowed than previous hysterical incarnations, but Black History Month shows that intensity can come from other places.