Black History Month

Death from Above 1979

About Black History Month

"Black History Month" is the third single from Death from Above 1979's album You're a Woman, I'm a Machine. The song was given its title by drummer and vocalist Sebastien Grainger, simply because it was written in February. It reached number 48 on the UK single chart. The song is also featured on the in-game soundtrack for Project Gotham Racing 3 for the Xbox 360, and appears on the soundtrack for Tony Hawk's American Wasteland. The b-side on the CD single, Luno (Bloc Party vs. Death From Above 1979) is a cover of the Bloc Party song, Luno from Bloc Party's debut album Silent Alarm. The Bloc Party vs. Death From Above 1979 version is included on Bloc Party's remix album, Silent Alarm Remixed. 


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Can you remember a time when this city was
A great place for architects and dilettantes
A nice place for mid waves and crossing guards
And on, and on

Hold on children
Your mother and father are leaving

Do you remember a time when this pool was
A great place for water wings and cannonballs
A nice place for astrologists and blow up dolls
And on, and on

Hold on children
Your best friend's parents are leaving

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Death from Above 1979

Death from Above 1979 are a Toronto-basedCanadian alternative rock/noise rock duo. Their only full-length album, You're a Woman, I'm a Machine, was released in late 2004. The band broke up in 2006, but announced a reunion in 2011. more »

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Written by: Jesse Keeler, Sebastien Grainger

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10 facts about this song

Band Origin
"Death from Above 1979" is a Canadian punk rock duo consisting of Jesse F. Keeler and Sebastien Grainger. They are known for bringing a raw, energetic sound that blends elements of punk, rock, and dance music.
Release Information
Their song "Black History Month" is a track from their debut album “You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine", which was released in 2004.
Music Video
The music video for "Black History Month" is quite unique. It depicts the band members playing in an all-white room with a sheet of plastic serving as a backdrop while paint is splattered all over them and their instruments.
Song Meaning
The title "Black History Month" isn't tied to any political or cultural statement. Instead, the title is said to have come from Grainger writing the song during February (which is Black History Month in North America), and the dark and introspective nature of the song's lyrics.
Sound and Style
Part of the song's appeal is its heavy, gritty sound combined with intense drumming, fierce basslines and compelling vocals.
Band Breakup and Reunion
After releasing “You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine" and gaining a decent following, the band broke up in 2006 due to personal and creative differences. They later reunited in 2011 to play a series of live shows and have since released new music.
Critical Reception
The album was critically acclaimed and has since been recognized as a seminal album in the dance-punk genre. The song "Black History Month" in particular was praised for its driving rhythm and powerful performance.
"Black History Month" has been remixed by several artists, such as Sammy Danger and Alan Braxe & Fred Falke. They take the original's raw energy and add their own electronic, dance music spin to it.
Commercial Usage
The song has been used in several television shows and commercials, a testament to its enduring popularity.
Live Performances
The live performances of "Black History Month" are known for being high-energy and intense, a characteristic common to many of Death from Above 1979's shows.

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