sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

February 12, 2014

Sourcing A Quote

Filed under: music, politics — Tags: , , — edge of the sandbox @ 10:15 pm

A few days ago Blackmailers Don’t Shoot posted videos of The Misfits and Circle Jerks, which made me want to post a punk video.  To be topical, I’m going to make it “do They Owe Us a Living?” by the British band Crass.  The song should be an anthem for Obama voters:

I think it’s ironic that whoever made the video put a poster of “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help” in it.

I thought that was a quote from a Reagan speech, but as it turned out, Ronaldus Maximus didn’t come up with that expression.  His language was “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help””; the saying itself is folklore.

Still, I don’t think the anarchists are thinking it through.  Who is going to guarantee that “they” owe “us” a living if not the government?



  1. Thanks for the links. That movement was and is politically naive, but they made some fun music.

    Comment by Chandler's Ghost — February 12, 2014 @ 10:25 pm

    • I enjoy the aesthetic, music and art, especially the off-shoots of punk. But as far as politics go, they are not very thorough, especially not in the UK.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — February 12, 2014 @ 10:30 pm

      • One of my first posts last year touched on that. The same people who hated Reagan wrote songs decrying big government, taxes and red tape.

        I don’t know much about the UK scene aside from the obvious groups like Siouxsie and the Banshees and the Sex Pistols. Minneapolis and Boston produced some great music.

        Comment by Chandler's Ghost — February 12, 2014 @ 10:50 pm

        • I can’t say I’m an expert on the UK scene either, but Crass are probably the worst band ever, politics-wise. That song might be catchy and all, but the lyrics are the most disgusting in the history of popular music. It’s one thing to despise the monarchy or not want to be in the corporate world or decide to be a drifter, or whatever. Choose what you want and live through the consequences. It’s the entitlement that’s really off-putting.
          The interesting thing about Siouxsie is that she released Israel, as my husband likes to say, as a community service for wearing swastikas. But then she pt it on the same album as “Arabian Knights”, and when I saw her in 2002 (or 2003?), which was during the Intifada, she played the songs back to back. I might be reading too much into it, but was trying to make a statement? “Arabian Knights” is very un-pc by contemporary standards.

          Comment by edge of the sandbox — February 13, 2014 @ 1:07 pm

  2. excellent!

    Comment by calihurder — February 13, 2014 @ 9:11 am

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