Harder Than You Think was originally released in 2007 on Public Enemy’s 20th anniversary album, How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul? After Harder Than You Think was used as a theme song for the 2012 Summer Paralympics, it went on to become the highest ever charting Public Enemy song in the UK. The short television trailer, “Channel 4 Paralympics-Meet the Superhumans” is worth checking out as the Paralympics wrap up this weekend. Set to the charged sounds of Harder Than You Think, the trailer video has footage of Paralympic athletes in action as well as heart-breaking scenes of the challenges they’ve had to overcome.
Public Enemy’s “Harder Than You Think”
Harder Than You Think samples a 1972 Shirley Bassey song with its catchy guitar riff and blasting horns. The lyrics celebrate the long, successful and often controversial career of Public Enemy. For those whose only knowledge of Public Enemy is Flavor Flav and his big clock on reality TV, Harder Than You Think is a great introduction to the music of one of hip-hop’s most influential groups.
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