Because we literally are stardust that somehow has consciousness.
Rock and rollers don’t get arrested anymore. There’s no edge or danger. It’s part of why the genre sucks so hard these days, and why all the teens have gone to the rappers.
If you don’t know about Amina or the topless jihads world wide today I suggest you get googling, Amina Tyler is a 19 year old woman who posted bare breasted photos with the slogan “My Body is My Own and Not the Source of Anyone’s Honor” on her chest. She was arrested and sentenced to “100 lashes” and being “stoned to death”. She went missing and in response FEMEN activists are staging bare cheated protests. This image displays a man kicking an activist protesting outside a mosque.
Fuck I love shit like this. Go girls!
I’ve been somewhat harsh on Thom Yorke over the last few years. I’m someone who likes frontmen like Bon Scott, David Lee Roth, Rob Halford and Freddy Mercury - larger than life characters who come to put on a “show”, and don’t just stand there moaning into the microphone. And once you’ve made a few million dollars? Cheer the fuck up! Sing a song about girls, booze or fast cars you morose bastard. But moving on…
I’m a fan of Alec Baldwin’s radio show “Here’s The Thing”. Turns out he’s an amazing interviewer, and recently he sat down with Yorke. Frankly, Yorke should do more long-form interviews like this, as he comes across as a lovely, lovely bloke; not a “woe is me” millionaire.
At one point in the conversation, they turned to music becoming “content”. Our fucked up industry wants to make a lot of things “content”, sucking the soul and purpose out of them. Turns out I agree with Yorke on this one 1000%.
The wonderful Duncan Trussell who is recovering from testicular cancer, and whose mother is dying of cancer (in other words, the dude has been forced to face mortality and the point of life a LOT lately) describes why people who wallow in despair and darkness are essentially self-indulgent…
This captures perfectly why, as I get older, and possibly since my sister’s death, I can no longer listen to Radiohead, Nirvana and whiney-white-boy-with-guitar music. It’s so self-indulgent. All the money and power and privilege in the world (to quote Eddie Izzard) and all they can do is moan. Give me a black southern baptist “Hallelujah” any day…
I will hug the shit out of them…
Two of my favourite writers and podcasters of the last few years, together on one podcast, making more sense in 6 mins than most make in a lifetime. Ryan’s analysis of capitalism nails it…
“…riot is the language of the unheard.”
In this audio clip, Joe Rogan and (the amazing) Doug Stanhope are talking about their experiences as comedians working with network executives.
It strikes me as analogous to the relationship between advertising creatives and clients, in that most clients have absolutely no idea how to work with ideas people. None. Zilch. Nada.
(Sadly, too few advertising suits and planners are any good at working with creative people, either… but that’s a topic for a different post.)
The point, however, is not to beat up on clients. Rather, the point is that it’s 1000% incumbent on suits, planners and the client to get the brief right, and then get the fuck out of the way.
And if the creatives can’t nail the brief, they suck. Fire them. Some creatives suck, and they hide behind “The brief is no good” for their lack of creative fire-power.
But as Joe says, you can’t fix suck, but you can’t make unfunny funny, either.
Listen and think my people… listen and think.