To achieve godlike status, a rock group must have more than just songs -- it must have a concept. The Rolling Stones had satanic decadence; Devo had its "new traditionalism." David Bowie changed his model for every album, which, paradoxically, became a concept in itself. During its tenure in the '80s, Savage Republic envisioned something even more grandiose, using songs, graphics, and live concerts to create a fictitious country. This new land incorporated elements of Middle Eastern culture and often alluded to violence and upheaval -- aesthetic choices that have had an eerie resonance... More >>>