Hazel English On '60s Psychedelia And Guy Debord's Influence On 'Wake UP!' : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN English's Wake UP! was not only influenced by the sounds of the '60s but by Guy Debord's The Society of the Spectacle, a critical text that examines what we do for attention.
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The Unconventional Influences On Hazel English's Debut Album

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Set List

  • "Shaking"
  • "Wake UP!"
  • "Combat"

Before releasing Wake UP!, Hazel English was writing a science fiction novel for her college thesis. That influence may not be obvious in her debut full-length album's bright and euphoric '60s psychedelia-inspired pop and soul music. But as Hazel will share, Wake UP! was influenced by not just the sounds of the '60s, but also by Guy Debord's The Society of the Spectacle, a work of criticism that examines what we do for attention.

In this session, Hazel talks about why the message of that text has stuck with her since she was first introduced to it in college and discusses moving between novel writing and songwriting. I connected with Hazel, who hails from Australia but lives in Los Angeles, via video chat. We get started with an intimate home recording of her lead single, "Shaking." Listen in the audio player above.

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