Friday Night: The Coup Pays Tribute to Dewey Tucker

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The Coup
January 15, 2010
The Independent
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Friday night, The Coup played a somber salute to Dewey Tucker, the group's bassist who was murdered Wednesday while driving to band practice.

"I would have cancelled the show tonight," said Boots Riley, the Coup's frontman. "I almost cancelled. Folks is always saying you've got to play. 'He would have wanted you to play.' Fuck that, he would have wanted to be alive."

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Nevertheless the Coup performed Riley's signature brand of aggressive riot funk, with Pam the Funkstress turning records and Silk-E (of "Baby Lets Have a Baby Before Bush Do Something Crazy" fame) supplying backing vocals. Lyrics Born's bassist Marcus Phillips filled in for Tucker.

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The Coup's principles have gotten more attention lately for their side projects, Riley's Street Sweeper Social Club act with Tom Morello and Pam's Cajun cooking business Piccadilly Catering, but Friday they directly called upon the band's familiar insurgent standards featuring Riley rapping about, among other things, the million and one ways to kill corporate executives.

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