[Marxism] REM Releases Bush-bashing Album
sra at scu.edu.au
Tue Aug 31 21:23:28 MDT 2004
Louis Proyect wrote:
>Yawn. Barbra Streisand. Bruce Springsteen. REM. Who's next? Rod Stewart?
Carly Simon? These "protests" against Bush have all the audacity of a
command performance during the Clinton presidency.
REM have been churning out bland AOR since the Green album in 1989,
and they've always seemed simpering liberals. Far more interesting
musically and politically is the Beastie Boys latest album, To the 5
Buroughs. Maybe they don't really go beyond ABB liberalism (like
Michael Franti and Patti Smith they were vocal Nader supporters in
2000, and maybe like them they're also ABBers now, I don't know), but
they do on this album rhyme about war, corporate control, racism, and
the need for mass action to change the world. Also considering where
they've come from - young yobs who made videos featuring women in
chains in the 80s - I think they're among the more interesting of the
recent US celebrity political commentators.
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