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The Advancement of Dave Smalley

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The tenets of the Advanced Theory are clear. The genius of Advanced artists has evolved past the point of ordinary people's understanding. Advanced artists wear sunglasses indoors. They favor leather jackets. They insist on putting their pictures on the covers of their albums. And when they make ostensibly baffling decisions or pronouncements (often involving musical theater), it is not a joke. Except when it is an Advanced joke, and we don't have room to get into that here.

Dave Smalley is the most Advanced man to come out of the '80s hardcore scene.

A beacon of Boston straight edge with DYS, he was later singer for D.C.'s Dag Nasty, then All, then...I kinda drifted away from his career after that(God, I'm a moron; how could I forget Down by Law?). Until 2004, when Smalley emerged as a leading voice (OK, one of the only voices) of "conservative punk," which was really just libertarianism I'm fairly certain. ANYWAY, Smalley is now a newspaper editor in Fredericksburg, Va., and occasionally still does music, such as the single by Pocket that hit YouTube this week.

In it, you can see Smalley wearing sunglasses indoors as well as a cowboy hat. There is an American flag on the wall. Plus flames. All these things point to Advancement, but none so much as the fact that this is electronic music. For Smalley to go the Propellerheads route in 2009 is not only Advanced, it's museum-worthy. For the song to be good—well, that's just lagniappe!

I got in touch with Smalley about this; he can't do an interview till next week. But I am not gonna let this story die!

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  • Joe Warminsky

    This isn't the Propellerheads route -- it's the Chumbawumba route.

  • http://24hourservicestation.com Marshall Dickson

    You can read more information on the EP here: http://www.24hourservicestation.com/artist/pocket

    The full release includes three remixes including one from Styrofoam, and a B-Side from another DC legend - Shudder to Think's Craig Wedren.

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