From the Complex and Complicit Department: Through iTunes, the Gang of Four have released the first of their upcoming re-recordings for V2, "To Hell With Poverty 2005." We couldn't object LESS to the cash-in: all you fucking PBR-swilling babymen with your eBay MP3s and nuthuggers owe these ninjas half your paycheck. And this, in America, is a perfect time to be hearing this song. What is the problem, then? At the end of the day, this whole racket will just get our boys more attention, more money and the original catalog will get another chance to spread its seed and receive its due. (Only a youngster could call them under-rated; everybody knew, just a few forgot, and everybody else got born or got older.) We like all that. So what is it?
This: The recordings were a perfect bridge between an historical moment and the physical world. What iTunes is selling now is just a really good song. (We think maybe King's voice is deeper than the song wants, but we're old and what do we know?) Really good songs were not on my mind when I heard Entertainment! and read, over and over, "The Indian smiles, he thinks that the cowboy is his friend. The cowboy smiles, he is glad the Indian is fooled. Now he can exploit him." I was thinking, "Who broke my brain?"Posted by Sasha at May 4, 2005 10:32 AM | TrackBack