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Set It Off

April 30, 2012

A long time ago some guy from Brooklyn who called himself Strafe (real name Steven Standard) made a record called “Set It Off.” Fantastic record, with a totally ghetto yellow label. I still have the original 12″ single.**

What makes me think of this record just now? I don’t know. Maybe because Amarillo Slim just died. What does Strafe have to do with Amarillo Slim? I haven’t the foggiest idea.

**Bonus Christgau commentary of the time:

Sure I’m a fan of U.T.F.O.’s “Roxanne, Roxanne” (Select), but I’m simply crazy about Roxanne Shanté’s “Roxanne’s Revenge” (Pop Art), as great a piece of naive rock and roll as “The Loco-Motion” or “Angel Baby.” And without going into all the rival versions, I’ll swear you can’t go wrong with the original mixup of “Set It Off,” by Strafe (Just Born), as great a piece of left-field street music as “Heartbeat” or “Beat Bop,” and no, it doesn’t sound remotely like either, or like anything else you can think of.

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