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Arrested Development: Town and Country Club, London

Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 18 March 1993

ATLANTA hip hoppers Arrested Development are the very antithesis of Ice Cube, whose tour they follow by just a few days. They counter Cube's scatter-gun fury with reasoned discourse, his misogyny with feminism, his gang with their extended family. They're even accompanied on tour by Baba Oje, their elderly "spiritual adviser". It transpired that the white-bearded Baba is part of the show. He wandered on stage with the six band members and settled down at the back. Bare-footed, beneficently smiling, he looked for all the world like the Beatles' guru, the Maharishi. As the first number, 'Give A Man A Fish', got under way he stood up and danced in a little circle.

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