Reason #483 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: CA$H

There’s not a lot of information on Nasty Rox Incorporated out there on the interweb, but I can remember their one and only album, CA$H (on the ZTT label) when it came out in 1988. It contained elements of rock, hip hop, dance and funk and I distinctly remember being blown away by the musicianship of the band, especially the drummer and especially in the ‘hit’ single Escape From New York. Back then the dance/rock/alternative genre was just starting to blow up with bands such as Renegade Soundwave and Pop Will Eat Itself releasing similar sounding records, but this one remains special. It’s the very definition of tragically underrated, and if some of the songs sound a little dated I believe they have still retained their power all these years later. You can finally download the full album on itunes after years of it languishing in complete obscurity. It’s a funky curiosity worth championing.