In the late autumn of 1987, I experienced a concert forever etched on my mind. I went with a friend to see LL Cool J, Public Enemy and Erik B & Rakim at the Hammersmith Odeon. It is a memory that no one can rob from me – a visual and aural bombardment. I could go on about the chutzpah of Cool James and the sound of Erik B & Rakim, but even those memories fade compared to the sight of Chuck D and Flavor Flav flanked by its crew, Security of the First World (or the S1Ws), all dressed in paramilitary kit and armed with simulation Uzis. ‘Rebel Without A Pause’ had been released as the B-side to their preceding single, ‘You Gonna Get Yours/Mi Uzi Weighs A Ton’. The song would be one of the many highlights their album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, released the following year. The album would open with an introduction from the MC Dave Pearce from that night: “Hammersmith Odeon are you ready for the Def Jam Tour? Let me hear you make some noise!” The event became immortal.