The Clash & Futura 2000 – The Escapades Of Futura 2000

The Clash &  Futura 2000 – The Escapades Of Futura 2000

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A. The Escapades Of Futura 2000

B. The Escapades Of Futura 2000

Released: 1983

About

New York City, 1984; Jean Karkakos and In-house producer Bill Laswell have moulded Celluloid records into an independent-label tour de force, an genre-less and boundless melting pot of No-wave, Hip-Hop, Rock, World and more. New York is much wilder place than today, Ed Koch is in control and the streets are mean. Powered by the forces of the street Art and Music are combining in ways they never have done before. Futura 2000 (aka Leonard McGurr) has been painting illegally on the New York Subway since the early 70's. His abstract approach to Grafitti is unique and soon he rises to the top. Along with the cream of New York new art wave of Keith Haring, Richard Hambleton and Futura 2000s best friend Jean-Michel Basquiat their work is shown in Patti Astors Fun Gallery. In 1981 legitimacy beckons and Futura joins the Clash on their "Combat Rock" tour and features on the track "Overpowered By Funk" .

Mick Jones and Futura 2000 team up to record the "Escapades Of Futura 2000". As an visual artist Futura is unparalleled, but it turns out he is a pretty good rapper as well. Name checking his friends, old haunts and scenes the rap enfolds. Mick Jones takes care of beats and bass guitar. It's a record of its time that still sounds fresh today. A record that could probably only have come out on the unique set of people, circumstances and timing that surrounded Celluloid Records.

Credits

Artwork By [Graphics + Direction] - Ann Boyle, Pete Friedrich

Backing Vocals - Dondi, Fab 5 Freddy

Engineer - Joe Blaney

Executive Producer - Chanotte Inc.

Featuring, Music By - Clash, The

Lead Vocals, Artwork By [Back Cover Painting] - Futura 2000

Photography - Wayne Sorce

Written-By - Futura 2000 (tracks: A), Mick Jones