Thursday, November 11, 2004

A quick clarification and opportunity to gush/vent...

In my last post, I called the lead singer of Primal Scream a "loudmouth political imbecile." That is not an inaccurate statement. I also am a big fan of Primal Scream's so this can lead to a mild conflict on interest sometimes and also to the realization that I am getting older.

When you are young and a band becomes a part of your canon, its funny how their general M.O., from clothing to attitudes about politics, tend to parallel your own. Let's not kid ourselves - we all started to give a shit about Tibet only because the Beasties made it cool (same for Mumia with Rage Against the Machine). Probably up until not that long, I probably believed that everything Radiohead said or did was someqhere close to gospel. At some point, as you grow up and your values become a bit more defined, you begin to question certain things that these heroes of yours say or do and obviously that is a good thing.

The Primals are an incedible band for a number of reasons, although almost all of them are related to the quality of the people involved in the project over the years. From Andrew Weatherall inventing rock and roll acid house as producer of much of Screamadelica, to their dubbed out dirges on Vanishing Point, to the incendiary punk maelstrom of Xtrmntr (the latter two projects were strongly helped out by the adding of two monsters of early 90s rock - Mani of The Stone Roses on bass during VP era and My Bloody Valentine's main man Kevin Shields joining around Xtrmntr) . They also have a Panzer tank of a live show that rapes every woman and child in town when it arrives - that is supposed to be a very strong compliment for a very heavy rock show.

However, the only problem when they do play live is that Bobby G is usually exceptionally loaded and once in that state, a very unadulterated view of his politics starts to flow. When Bobby G introduces the song "Swaztika Eyes" by dedicating it to anyone who is opposed to the state of Isreal, a red flag should probably go up. This is certainly not uncommon with him and usually he has some incendiary politcal remark to make whenever interviewed, although the problem is they usually sound more like the ramblings of a speed freak than a well reasoned and researched political belief.

Of course, the age old relationship between politics and rock music is not something that a single blog posting could ever effectively tackle. I still can't decide if that tour of the Boss, REM and every other aging political rocker, was a good idea or a bad idea. I just find myself with age, becoming giving a little less automatic credibility to everything that an artist that I love happens to say.


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