DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW NED IS SURVIVING HIGH SCHOOL I HAVENT HEARD A WORD FROM HIM SINCE THE END OF 8TH GRADE IM STARTING TO WORRY
"aesthetic" is a very good word, important word. "i love the fifties." no you don’t the fifties kinda TOTALLY SUCKED for many human beings in America. "i love fifties aesthetic" well then, awesome. go you with your bright blocks of color and cute skirts and mini jackets and hair poufs.
“I lived without out a computer and cell phone when I was your age.”
yeah well YOUR parents lived without a microwave and the polio vaccine but I don’t see you giving that up
The Boomtown Rats (c. 1977-85)
My latest (morbid) musical obsession!
Listening to this Irish New Wave band more closely during work I was struck at how dark the lyrics were despite their catchy, upbeat sounds.
Songs were penned by frontman Bob Geldof (who stars as Pink in the Pink Floyd movie “The Wall” and co-wrote one of the biggest hit singles of all time: “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”). The Boomtown songs tend to be based on horrific real-life events or scathing political views.
“I Don’t Like Mondays" - the first hit single, based on the fatal 1979 shootings at Grover Cleveland Elementary school by16 year old Brenda Ann Spencer. The given explanation for her actions was: “I don’t like Mondays, this livens things up.” Geldof was doing a radio interview in Atlanta when news of the event came through on the Telex. Said Geldolf “It was such a senseless act. It was the perfect senseless act and this was the perfect senseless reason for doing it. So perhaps I wrote the perfect senseless song to illustrate it…” (x)
“Diamond Smiles" - Based on the real life suicide of a young debutante. Her death was overshadowed in later accounts by the fact that she was wearing a low cut dress.
“Banana Republic" - a bouncy ska-reggae hit that is actually a scathing critique of nationalism in Ireland. Rocksteady riffs with a telling chorus: “Banana Republic / Septic Isle / Suffer in the screaming sea / It sounds like dying / Everywhere I go yeah / Everywhere I see / The black and blue uniforms / Police and priests”
My new New Wave dark darlings. Worth a listen or two…
Slutwalk | NYC
On October 1st 3,000 – 4,000 people gathered to attended the SlutWalk NYC rally and march. The diverse crowd, primarily made up of young men and women, marched from Union Square through the East Village and past the 9th Precinct (former home of the alleged NYPD rapists Moreno and Mata) chanting; ‘Hey Rapists Go Fuck Yourself’ and ‘No means no – however we dress, where-ever we go!” The march coincided the day after the Wall Street Journal posted a story on Brooklyn cops telling women to ‘cover it up’ in response to ongoing series of sexual attacks in the Park Slope neighborhood.
SlutWalk NYC is a grassroots movement that challenges rape culture and victim-blaming, which works to end sexual and domestic violence.