Sunday, November 23, 2008

Pattern is Movement.....

"Punk's not dead
It just deserves to die
When it becomes another stale cartoon
A close-minded, self-centered social club
Ideas don't matter, it's who you know
If the music's gotten boring
It's because of the people
Who want everyone to sound the same
Who drive bright people out
Of our so-called scene
'Til all that's left Is just a meaningless fad
Hardcore formulas are dogshit
Change and caring are what's real
Is this a state of mind
Or just another label
The joy and hope of an alternative
Have become its own cliche
A hairstyle's not a lifestyle
Imagine Sid Vicious at 35" - Dead Kennedys

I would have posted this as a comment, but I felt that Hanno should be forced to read it


- Mikey C

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

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Jerome said...

I can't speak for Hanno, but this really shouldn't come as a surprise.

It's a standard observation among Marxist and other radical thinkers opposed to capitalism that anything that can be “objectified” can be turned into a commodity. As soon as a movement can be identified as distinct and given a name it can be packaged and sold for consumption. Even the most vehemently anti-establishment movement can be turned into a demographic.

A fairly good mainstream book on the subject is Douglas Rushkoff's Media Virus!. In it, he talks about how kids today (1996) avoid the nostalgia of anti-establishment movements and usually circumvent the kind of marketing tactics that bring 40 & 50-somethings out to Christie's to spend $5000 on an old pair shoes worn by Jello Biafra. To express their anti-establishment image they have to constantly reject the norm and appropriate what is "uncool" (i.e., unmarketable) and make that part of their image; at least until that image becomes the trend, then they have to reject it and move on to something else "uncool".

Hanno said...

Johnny Rotten was thinking the same thing in '77.

I think they are right in their criticism, and yet I enjoy the anti-establishment sentiments listening to the music 40 years later.

Hanno said...

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Anthony said...

DK still does excellent work with the Melvins.