Future Shock is a 1983 electronic album by jazz icon Herbie Hancock. It was one of the best-selling albums of his career, especially thanks to the international hit "Rockit", which popularized scratching and was a Trope Codifier for the electro genre.
- "Rockit" (5:28)
- "Future Shock" (8:05)
- "TFS" (5:47)
- "Earth Beat" (5:13)
- "Autodrive" (6:27)
- "Rough" (6:58)
The CD reissue adds a megamix of "Rockit".
Future shockin' tropes:
- Answer Cut: "Rough":Woohoohoo, I want the beat and I know you want too!Who said that?
- Cover Version: "Future Shock", a Curtis Mayfield cover.
- Crapsack World: "Future Shock":We've got to stop all menFrom messing the landWhen what we understandThis is our last and only chance
- Dancing Pants: In the music video of "Rockit".
- Epic Rocking: The title track, which is over 8:05 minutes long.
- The Future Will Be Better: Subverted with "Future Shock", which warns for the future if the government isn't stopped from messing the land.
- Instrumentals: All tracks are instrumental, save for "Rough" and "Future Shock".
- Minimalistic Cover Art: Computer graphics seen from space with the moon (or Earth?) on the background.
- New Sound Album: Back in 1983 this was the first album by a jazz artist to feature hiphop and electro influences. The scratching sounds by Grand Mixer D.S.T. on turntables were also innovative.
- One-Word Title: "Rockit", "TFS", "Rough"
- Only Known by Initials: "TFS".
- Record Producer: Bill Laswell.
- Surreal Music Video: "Rockit" and "Autodrive".
- Trope Codifier: "Rockit" was the very first pop hit to include rhythmic record scratching on turntables and introduce it to future generations of DJs.
- Voice Changeling: A lowered voice can be heard in "Rough".