A few weeks ago, The Village Voice polled a group of well-known (but anonymous) music writers to find out how many could correctly identify all nine members of the Wu-Tang Clan.
Out of 14 music critics queried, only three could name all nine Wu-Tang members: RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa and the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard.
Thirteen out of 14 critics could name at least six members of the pioneering New York City hip hop collective, though. Hey, that’s not too bad.
At Northern Lights in Clifton Park last Thursday – a show rescheduled from December 27 due to a snowstorm – the number of Wu-Tang Clan members present was six.
Seventeen years and a gazillion solo projects later, you can’t expect them all to be there.