Friday, January 04, 2008

A decent anthem

A song for Harry's Place, Nick, Norm and Dave ....

17 Comments:

Blogger Larry Teabag said...

That "nur-ni-nur na nur-nur" guitar riff encapsulates the philosophy of decency better than any blog-post could.

1/04/2008 02:35:00 PM  
Anonymous gastro george said...

LOL. Is this progressive rock?

1/04/2008 03:59:00 PM  
Blogger ejh said...

Is anything?

1/04/2008 04:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Darius Jedburgh said...

Man, Tom Robinson's ideology has changed a bit since the 70s. Plus, he's looking a little jowly.

Isn't the song a total ripoff of B Joel's (appalling) We Didn't Start the Fire?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKu2QaytmrM

Cf Jamie K on B-H L on Bhutto:

http://bloodandtreasure.typepad.com/blood_treasure/2008/01/comedian-at-the.html

I think you guys need to start investigating the Joel connection.

1/04/2008 04:24:00 PM  
Anonymous gastro george said...

I'm not sure. But it occurred to me that there might be some kind of relationship between the output of Oliver Kamm and Yes.

1/04/2008 05:15:00 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

Oh dear I thought it was a piss-take. But apparently not:

http://www.therightbrothers.com/index2.php

(warning loud 'music')

1/04/2008 10:33:00 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

I prefer Andrew Ian Dodge's "Cry Freedom", however. I'm not going to link to it.

1/04/2008 10:34:00 PM  
Blogger Chardonnay Chap said...

I know this is a pet peeve of mine which no one else on the planet appears to share, but I'll vent it again anyway. Why is it "Cheney was right; Condi [sic] ...; Rummy ... etc". I know my point is somewhat undermined by "Rummy" - but why is Dr Rice alone in being referred to by a diminutive of her first name? I admit that I used to refer to a former Prime Minister as "Maggie" or "Mrs Thatch" but that was because I hated her. The US right seem to think a term of inappropriate familiarity is OK for a black woman - but they wouldn't have used it for, say, Henry Kissinger (also highly educated, nuts, and unelectable).

Terrible song, BTW, and the thesis is, ahem, debatable (see this excellent post).

1/04/2008 10:48:00 PM  
Anonymous matt w said...

YOU ARE HORRIBLE NASTY AWFUL PEOPLE. HOW COULD YOU POST THAT? I HAD MANAGED TO FORGET ABOUT ITS EXISTENCE (and I hadn't thought about 'We Didn't Start the Fire' for a while either).

1/05/2008 02:20:00 AM  
Anonymous fallhammer said...

Wouldn't the diminutive of Kissinger be "Kissy"?

As to the current mob, it could be claimed that the difference is that she has a long and unusual first name and a bland surname whereas it's vice versa for the blokes. A quick mental survey of the current candidates seems to confirm that this is a factor.

Sexism is also a factor though. The phenomenon seems to bother lots of people in editing-type jobs.

The way I see the clip, I've never heard of these arsebums before, so they can't have been successful, and that's an encouraging sign.

1/05/2008 02:51:00 AM  
Blogger Chardonnay Chap said...

Fallhammer, I'm sure you're right. I shouldn't be surprised that reactionaries are, in fact, reactionary. But they keep claiming to be 'progressive' and going by their inveterate sexism, I can only suspect that the 'democracy' they're so keen on classifies women (and possibly those of colour) as second-class citizens. Not my cup of tea, then.

1/05/2008 09:49:00 AM  
Anonymous dd said...

CC: at least one other person shares your pet peeve - Dr Condoleeza Rice, who insists on being called "Dr Rice", even by quite close colleagues and senior employees. The nickname "Condi" can be traced back to that Texan twat who loves nicknames.

1/05/2008 01:23:00 PM  
Blogger Chardonnay Chap said...

If anyone hasn't seen this yet, it's a lesson that blogs can be better than blinkered and partisan hate screeds. OK, I know it seems tangential, but there's a passage toward the end which explicitly takes issue with the "Bush was right" thesis. It's a shame we can't use the word 'decent' without irony now, because real decency exists.

1/05/2008 01:45:00 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

Surely the true Decent anthem is "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap"?

1/05/2008 06:45:00 PM  
Blogger ejh said...

A number of years ago I was staying with a friend who was the sound engineer at a Belfast venue. He invited me to join him for the evening show, which featured a local AC/DC tribute band. I was mildly distressed to discover that I remembered nearly all the lyrics.

1/07/2008 04:35:00 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

Doesn't that make you objectively pro-sheepshagging? Why don't the ejh community come out and condemn these atrocities?

Do I get my cheque from the British American Project yet?

1/07/2008 06:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wake up at Aaro Watch! MediaLens have a piece about Aaro (10th January 2008)

1/11/2008 01:49:00 PM  

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