Hey there! Bobby Joe Ebola fans! Friends, countrymen, fellow Earthlings. We’re proud to announce we’re on a new compilation called Occupy International, in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. There’s also a big port shutdown on Monday, if you happen to live near a shipping port. We’ll get to all of that. But first, we need to have a little talk:
There is something deeply wrong with the way civilization is doing things. A few people are making all the decisions, decisions that benefit themselves. We are not asked for our opinion, even just to be polite. The people who are “in charge” making the big decisions are thinking about the world as a set of numbers; People go to work and create this amount of money, or shop and purchase this many units of GDP, or vote and produce so many votes. An acre of trees is worth this much paper pulp or toothpicks. These numbers must always grow, and the growth must always accelerate. Never mind that we’re running out of trees to turn into toothpicks. Human needs don’t really factor in; things that can’t be counted, well, they just don’t count, do they? And pretty much the whole planet has been feeling the effects of this kind of arithmetic for decades, whether we wanted any part of it or not.
But if we want to be totally honest here, WE’VE been making decisions too. We’ve been deciding NOT to decide; it’s too hard and time-consuming. It’s so much easier when someone else makes the call, isn’t it? It’s this attitude that has created our system of waste amid need, starvation amid abundance, and tyranny waving a flag of freedom. We enable this system every day. We help it along, too; with silence, with our complicity, and with our active participation. Because we don’t see any other possibilities, do we?
This is just what the people at the top want us to believe; that this top down madness is the only way we can organize ourselves, and that our wants trump other peoples’ needs. They’ve either forgotten that their power comes from us, or they fear that we will remember it.
This is suicide. This whole damn system is a runaway train headed off a cliff. All we have to do is pull the brakes, all of us, and get off. Yes, we’ll have to walk from there and figure it out. But if we all pull together we can keep each other safe so that we’re around to figure it out.
Convenience has brought us to the edge of disaster. The people in charge clearly need our help making good decisions. So we’re going to remind them that we are here, and that we have lots of ideas.
We wish to support this show of strength by free people who want a future. This is why we contributed a track to OCCUPY INTERNATIONAL, a compilation of 24 tracks from different artists in solidarity around the globe, including hip-hip revolutionaries DEAD PREZ! The comp includes rock, punk, hip-hop, electronic music, and stuff I can’t even describe.
Hopefully this music gives you strength and lifts up your spirits when things get difficult. Because they will get difficult. But you know what? We’ll be right there with you. Um, unless we’re all sent to an internment camp. In which case… we’ll be right there with you.
Despite the bullshit, it is still a wonderful world we live in. Not only did all our friends and fans pull together to help us make crazy music video history by raising $6040 for our ‘Life Is Excellent’ project, now we find out that we got played on Dr. Demento’s online radio show! It’s the first time we’ve been played on his show since 1997.
Also played on the same show were The Dead Milkmen, Mojo Nixon,They Might Be Giants, Tom Lehrer, Weird Al… We love that wacky bastard!