You will jog for the master race
And always wear the happy face
dead kennedys ~ california über alles
|Longtime reader Dylan Tweney sent me a link to this recent (like last Friday) interview with Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys fame. The segment lead-in (archived on The California Report) goes like this:
California Songs: Jello Biafra and "California Über Alles"
Jello Biafra, the outspoken former front man for the Bay Area band The Dead Kennedys, is known as much for his political rantings and spoken word performances as his hard-driving punk rock tunes. Biafra even ran for mayor of San Francisco in 1979. That same year, the group released their debut single, "California Über Alles," in which Biafra launched a blistering attack on then-governor Jerry Brown. Over the years, "California Über Alles" has been updated by Biafra and other artists to satirize different political leaders.Yeah, but check out the where the inspiration for the song came from...
Host: Biafra told us what inspired him to write this iconic tune in his hometown of Boulder, Colorado...
Jello Biafra: Boulder was a magnet for all kinds of so-called movements and escapist snake-oil salesmen that would now fall under the umbrella of what they call New Age. And I thought, oh my God, this sort of apathy and putting your brain to sleep and becoming an obedient little poodle is a one-way ticket to fascism. It's how people allow themselves to be taken advantage of by aspiring dictators.The complete audio file is here.
As glad as I was to find this, what Jello B. doesn't seem to grasp -- or if he does, doesn't let on here -- is that obedient poodlism not only leads to fascism, but as this blog has repeatedly tried to show, is also the result of a long tradition of racist and proto-fascist "spiritualality" stretching back into the 19th century.
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