EPMD Week Part 4 x Obsolete Formats #2: The Longbox
The last time we saw EPMD live, it was at London Docklands Arena, November 1990. We can’t really remember their show too well, as the whole event was somewhat overshadowed by the hail of coins that met the Young Black Teenagers when they sauntered out on stage. We were still picking up 2p coins long after they – and the Afros, Masta Ace, Tragedy and others – had departed the stage. And back then, you could still go over to the USA and buy CD longboxes. We didn’t really bother then, we were (are) vinyl nerds, and they seemed to be a bit big and clunky and silly. They died a death for reasons that are probably environmental/logistical/space-based, or a combo of the three. With real estate square footage off the richter in Manhattan, Disc-o-rama and such didn’t need to be filling their shelves with these big clunky cardboard boxes.
But over time, we’ve grown to love the Longbox, as you often come to love someone you had no time for during their life. You know, Pol Pot, people like that. In fact, both Dan Large and Drew Huge are now filling their marital homes and chagrinning their wives on the daily with moderately extensive Longbox collections. We’ll probably share a lot more of these with you – the Showbiz & AG Soul Clap EP, the UBC LP, Kill at Will, De La Soul is Dead, these are things of beauty in Longbox format – but for today an EPMD ‘Unfinished Business’ Longbox will suffice.
Our search for Longboxes continues, and we won’t rest until we’ve copped such classics as ‘Longbox Live the Kane’, Taking Your Business’ ‘Longbox Live Hip-Hop’ and the collected works of Shorty Longbox.