Wednesday, April 12, 2006
The Hall of Shame Finale: DEVO's Whip It!
Yep. I liked that song back in the day, 'cos, like, I thought DEVO was totally awesome! I read DEVO's press. I was aware they made considerable reference to S&M practises -- were, in fact, quite fixated with S&M practises. They parroted the punk party-line on this issue: "Modernity has so alienated us from each other, we have to resort to..." blah-de-blah-blah. Malcolm McLaren recites the self-same hooey in The Filth & The Fury, only this time Julian Temple frames it in such a way that the joke is on McLaren.
These days I prefer Temple's sly dig at McLaren to DEVO's sly digs at its smarty-pants audience. So please don't play "Whip It!" in my presence. And don't EVER re-run that heinous "Swiffer" ad!
Candidate #4 for my Musical Hall of Shame
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