🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Public Enemy


Interpol become the 69th act on the list. Nice.

Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Neil Young 4.48
R.E.M. 4.38
Otis Redding 4.34
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.3
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Stevie Wonder 4.17
PJ Harvey 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Bob Dylan 3.97
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
The Clash 3.77
Blondie 3.73
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
The Ramones 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Blur 3.61
Beyoncé 3.54
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Madonna 3.4
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.3
Elton John 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
Sugababes 3.22
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Jay-Z 3.14
Taylor Swift 3.14
Interpol 3.12
The Rolling Stones 3.09
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
Weezer 3
Girls Aloud 2.93
Britney Spears 2.85
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.6
Billy Joel 2.57
Bloc Party 2.41
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Blink-182 2.21
Adele 2.05
The Spice Girls 1.81

And today; Public Enemy

You know the drill

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

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Album (can’t say for certain if all of these exist)

  • Yo! Bum Rush The Show
  • It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
  • Fear Of A Black Planet
  • Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black
  • Muse Sick n Hour Mess Age
  • There’s A Poison Goin’ On
  • Revolverlution
  • New Whirl Oder
  • Rebirth Of A Nation
  • How You Sell Soul To A Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul?
  • Most Of My Heroes Don’t Appear On No Stamp
  • The Evil Empire Of Everything
  • Man Plans God Laughs
  • Nothing Is Quick In The Desert

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And from the best of…

  • Public Enemy No. 1
  • You’re Gonna Get Yours
  • Rebel Without A Pause
  • Prophets Of Rage
  • Bring The Noise
  • Don’t Believe The Hype
  • Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos
  • Fight The Power
  • Welcome To The Terrordome
  • 911 Is A Joke
  • Brothers Gonna Work It Out
  • Can’t Do Nuttin’ For Ya Man
  • Can’t Truss It
  • Shut 'Em Down
  • By The Time I Get To Arizona
  • Hazy Shade Of Criminal
  • Give It Up
  • He Got Game

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Easy 5


5/5. Absolutely instrumental in taking a young white kid from Plymouth who very possibly had never encountered any PoC at the time and showing him another part of the world. Couple that with absolutely incendiary production (don’t think the Bomb Squad get enough credit) and Chuck’s angry but eloquent roar and Flav’s clowning and you have a legend. Probably the greatest hip hop act there has ever been. Yes, Griff’s bit of a twat (but he was always a sideshow anyway) and I haven’t listened to one of their newer recordings for at least a decade, but still a stone cold five. Innovative, thought provoking and just a damn fine noise.


Underrated PE jam #1

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I know plenty of people don’t like the bomb squad production; don’t like Chuck’s flow… but for me, when you throw in flav in to offset Chucks earnestness, it all works perfectly.

‘Muse sick n’hour mess-age’ though :grimacing:



Highly influencial, but I don’t think I’ve ever listened to them outside of a few songs

Released more shit after their peak than most of the bands on the list. Guess it’s only fair to knock them down for that if REM etc get knocked down for it.

It Takes A Nation and Fear Of are two incredible albums.

Just such a force. They looked great, Chuck D is so imposing on the mike, Flavor Flav should be irritating as fuck but he compliments them perfectly. Just an untouchable formula

Probs not their best song but I love Party For Your Right To Fight where both Chuck and Flavor rap the same song over each other with little tweaks

This is a beast of a track:


One of a handful of songs I remember exactly where I was the first time I heard it

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These lads have several of the worst album titles of all time and I love it.

I still can’t believe muse sick n’hour mess age.

Had a poster of it up in our 6th form common room. Made me wince each time I saw it.


Revolverlution sounds a bit like a rejected Bond title :smile:


Gone for a 4 as I’m only familiar with a couple of their albums but Nation and Fear are two absolute forces. The energy behind those albums still blows me away.

You should.

I’ve gone with 4. As much as I like them and recognise their importance, they are generally not my go-to act when I fancy some hip-hop. If I gave them a 5, then I’d have to give A Tribe Called Quest a 6, and that is not allowed. So it’s a 4 for wiggle-room.

They are great though. First heard them via a friend when Apocalypse 91 dropped. It all sounded so dangerous compared to what I was used to (i.e. 3 Feet High… and People’s Instinctive Travels…), a real eye-opener.

Sadly only seen them live once and Flavor wasn’t there due to visa issues. Was still a cracking show though. Oh, and this happened before the show…


I got Apocalypse 91 (on cassette) when I was 15. It was not only the first Public Enemy that I’d heard, but also my first ever hip hop album.

It changed my entire musical outlook, and very much sent me on a new tangent that I’m still exploring to this day.

For those first four albums alone, it has to be a 5.

This is from later than that initial period, but it’s great:


File under: “Appreciate but don’t love” for me. Basically never feel the urge to listen to them but without them loads of stuff I do love probably wouldn’t exist.