The Charmels: As Long As I’ve Got You

Today in seminar I wanted to play this song by way of an example of how culture travels over time and across space.  Wu Tang Clan fans will recognize this track.

So much of the culture that we produce and consume these days appropriates past cultural artifacts and practices. Recall that the whole notion of “retro” is a very recent invention. More importantly, what does this phenomenon tell us about the state of culture in the contemporary world?