Wait, did I say “raise”? What I meant was “lower beyond any and all possible expectations”.
Today two bands added themselves to the “Shut Up And Play” list, previously graced by such luminaries as Coldplay, The Dixie Chix, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and the Beastie Boys.
First off, we’ve got that old crowd favorite, the Rolling Stones. Since no one is offended, let alone shocked by Mick Jagger’s aging hipster routine any more, I guess Mick and the boys need to stir the political pot in order to gin up any interest in their forthcoming album and its accompanying tour:
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Rolling Stones, not exactly a band at the forefront of rock ‘n’ roll activism, are taking aim at the American right with a new song on their upcoming album, according to Newsweek magazine.
The track, “Sweet Neo Con,” boasts the line, “You call yourself a Christian, I call you a hypocrite/You call yourself a patriot, well I think you’re full of s—,” according to the weekly newsmagazine.
“It is direct,” singer Mick Jagger was quoted as saying, adding that his collaborator, Keith Richards, was “a bit worried” about a backlash because the guitarist lives in the United States and Jagger does not.
In an interview to be broadcast Wednesday on syndicated TV show Extra, Jagger said the song was not aimed at anyone specifically, such as President Bush.
That sounds like a real party song. Wuzzadem offers us a preview of the Stones’ tour. Looks like it’ll be big with the kiddies.
Next up is a band I’ve never heard of (not that I’m surprised) called Kids Against Combs. They’re described as “indie agit-popsters”, which I imagine you can take to mean whatever you’d like. They were hard at work on an album that drew its title from Sean Hannity’s home phone number when mean old Hannity sic’d his lawyers on those lovable scamps who only wanted to encourage verbal harassment of a public figure whose views they categorically disagree with. Not to be outdone, Kids Against Combs took the daring step of renaming their album from Sean Hannity (631) 673-[XXXX] (numbers removed for the phone company’s sake as Hannity has apparently had his home number changed) to The Album Formerly Known As Sean Hannityâ€™s Phone Number … Currently Sean Hannity Is a Democracy Subverting [Feminine Hygeine Product Component].
Ahhh, can you smell the free flow of honest, good-spirited debate? Can you smell the emotional maturity?