"The rich get richer, the poor are getting poorer… ka bOOM, KA BOOM, KA BOOM!!!" (Time Zone featuring Afrika Bambaataa and John Lydon, 1984)

“World Destruction” by Time Zone

Afrika Bambaataa: vocals
John Lydon: vocals
Bernie Worrell: organ
Nicky Skopelitis: guitar
Aiyb Dieng: drums
Bill Laswell: bass, production

Truly one of the greatest videos ever made, for one of the most visionary songs of the time… it still singes!

Video link courtesy Peter Vogl!

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2022: I publish a weeklyish email newsletter called LANDLINE = https://jaybabcock.substack.com Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca., where I practiced with Buddhist teacher Ruth Denison and was involved in various pro-ecology and social justice activist activities.

2 thoughts on “"The rich get richer, the poor are getting poorer… ka bOOM, KA BOOM, KA BOOM!!!" (Time Zone featuring Afrika Bambaataa and John Lydon, 1984)

  1. If I ever somehow gain absolute control of the world and all its people, one of the first things I’d do is give all of New York, or perhaps a significant chunk of Europe, to Bill Laswell to do with as he sees fit. He’s earned it.

  2. “Brainwash mentalities to control the system.
    Using TV and movies, religions, of course.”

    it’s the simplest line… but resonates an immense truth about our culture: all of us, even those reading arthur, are strongly influenced by television and movies and religion. you can try to resist that, but until you stop watching movies and tv, and stop giving energy to religion, we will all be forever doomed to live in this Time Zone.

    Sadly, for every one person that gives up tv, movies, and religion, there are thousands that laugh at that person as a “loony”.

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