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Deltron 3030

Deltron 3030

There was a time when "supergroups" formed without any concept besides getting some awesome musicians together to make some awesome music (and maybe sell some awesome numbers of records). The literal names of those groups reflected the complete lack of pretense. There was Emerson, Lake & Palmer, who were named after Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and Carl Palmer. There was Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, named after its founders David, Stephen, Graham and Neil. There was also Crosby, Stills & Nash. You get the idea.

Then there was a time when "supergroups" formed around a loose theme, usually related to the artists' respective personae. Like, the Firm. Because they were all play mafiosos/-as. Or, the Traveling Wilburys. I actually have no idea what a "wilbury" is, but it sounds like a guy with a guitar. And I couldn't think of any other groups, but Asia came up a few times when Googling "supergroup." Admittedly, they don't quite fit the bill, because none of the guys were Asian.

Then there was Deltron 3030, the highly elaborate concept album of all "supergroups." MC Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, producer Dan the Automator and DJ Kid Koala envisioned a dystopian world set in the year 3030 wherein the protagonist, Deltron Zero, engaged in an epic battle against various corporate entities that ruled the universe, all while simultaneously participating in an "interspectacular," "fantabulous" rap battle. The three folded these stories into a self-titled album in 2000. The album achieved a modest amount of success and sustained exposure throughout the '00s by having songs featured in a television show and several video games. The album was reissued with bonus tracks in 2008.

In 2006 the three began working on a follow-up, titled Deltron Event II. ~Dan Nishimoto


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