Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury

Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury is the debut album by alternative hip hop crew The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, released in 1992. Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury was met with critical acclaim.

Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 3, 1992
GenreIndustrial hip hop[1]
Label4th & B'way, Island, PolyGram
ProducerMichael Franti
The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy chronology
Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury
Spare Ass Annie and Other Tales

"Television, the Drug of the Nation" was released as a single. It was recorded previously by Michael Franti's first band, the Beatnigs.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [2]
Chicago Tribune    [3]
Drowned in Sound10/10[4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music     [5]
Los Angeles Times    [6]
Q     [7]
Rolling Stone     [8]
Spin Alternative Record Guide8/10[10]
The Village VoiceA−[11]

In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, music critic Robert Christgau said that, although some of the ideas and metaphors are unconvincing, Michael Franti's "intellectual grasp thrusts him immediately into pop's front rank". He also praised DJ Rono Tse as "a one-man hip hop band" who, with the help of percussionist Mark Pistel, "creates more music than he samples, stretching Bomb Squad parameters to carry the tracks whenever Franti falters."[11] Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury finished number 19 in The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop critics' poll.[12] Christgau, the poll's creator, ranked it number 14 in his own list.[13]

In a retrospective review, AllMusic's Ned Raggett said that the group "tackled every last big issue possible with one of 1992's most underrated efforts." He felt that, while its mix of "Bomb Squad and industrial music approaches" make it an appealing album, Franti's thematic breadth and "rich voice" are highlights.[2]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Michael Franti, except where noted.

1."Satanic Reverses" 4:45
2."Famous and Dandy (Like Amos and Andy)" 6:34
3."Television, the Drug of the Nation" 6:38
4."Language of Violence" 6:15
5."The Winter of the Long Hot Summer" 7:59
6."Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury" 3:47
7."Everyday Life Has Become a Health Risk" 4:54
8."INS Greencard A-19 191 500" 1:36
9."Socio-Genetic Experiment" 4:19
10."Music and Politics" 4:01
11."Financial Leprosy" 5:30
12."California über alles"Jello Biafra & John Greenway4:13
13."Water Pistol Man" 5:55


Chart (1992/93) Peak
Australian (ARIA Charts) 59[14]




  • John Baker - Engineer
  • Kim Buie - Art Direction
  • The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy - Editing, Art Direction, Mixing
  • Michael Franti - Arranger, Programming, Vocals, Backing Vocals
  • Vivian Hall
  • Mark Heimback-Nielsen - Art Direction, Design
  • Charlie Hunter - Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Voices
  • Jeff Mann - Post Production Engineer
  • Mark Pistel - Arranger, Programming, Engineer, Mixing
  • Pete Scaturro - Engineer
  • Rono Tse - Percussion, Drums, Drums (Steel), Noise, Sheet Metal
  • Barbara Walker - Assistant Photographer
  • Howie Weinberg - Mastering
  • Simone White - Drums
  • Mat Callahan - Engineer
  • Jack Dangers - Mixing
  • Victor Hall - Art Direction, Photography
  • Jay Blakesberg - Photography
  • Sean Mathis - Assistant Photographer


  1. ^ Christgau, Robert (April 1992). "Fast Cuts". Playboy. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury – The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy". AllMusic. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
  3. ^ Heim, Chris (April 16, 1992). "Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy: Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury (4th & B'Way)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 22, 2016.
  4. ^ Reed, Graham (June 27, 2002). "Album Review: Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy – Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury". Drowned in Sound. Archived from the original on September 16, 2016. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0-85712-595-8.
  6. ^ Oumano, Elena (March 29, 1992). "Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, 'Hypocrisy is the Greatest Luxury,' 4th & Broadway". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 22, 2016.
  7. ^ "The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy: Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury". Q. London (68): 74. May 1992.
  8. ^ "The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy: Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury". Rolling Stone. New York. May 14, 1992. p. 108.
  9. ^ Higginbotham, Adam (May 1992). "American Vitriol". Select. London (23): 64.
  10. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  11. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (April 21, 1992). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
  12. ^ "The 1992 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll". The Village Voice. New York. March 2, 1993. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
  13. ^ Christgau, Robert (March 2, 1993). "Pazz & Jop 1992: Dean's List". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
  14. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (pdf ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  15. ^ Rap Sample FAQ