Saturday, March 11, 2006

The lunatics have taken over the asylum

"You know in a sane world, every country would unite against Iran and blow it off the face of the Earth. That would be the sane thing to do." --Bill O'Reilly 3/8/06

This country was built on madness, from what Thomas Pynchon called "succession of the criminally insane who have enjoyed power since 1945," to our calculated use of the madman theory (originally developed under Nixon but ressurected under Clinton) for strategic advantage, to our policy of Mutually Assured Destruction (M.A.D.), to Operation Iraqi Freedom (née Operation Iraqi Liberation --O.I.L.), to the gleeful abandon with which we are accelerating the twin threats to the continued existence of human beings as a species: catastrophic climate change, and nuclear war.

So, in celebration of our unique national character, I offer a few songs:
  1. The lunatics -- The Specials
  2. We're all mad here -- Tom Waits
  3. Everything you can think of is true --Tom Waits
  4. Private Idaho --B52s
  5. Baby's insane --Diamanda Galás
  6. Psychotherapy --The Ramones
  7. I have always been here before --Roky Erickson
  8. Scream thy last scream --Syd Barrett
  9. Antiworld --Nina Hagen
  10. Psycho killer --The Talking Heads
  11. The ballad of Alferd Packer --Phil Ochs
  12. The ballad of Charles Whitman --Kinky Friedman
  13. The mayor -- Rasputina
  14. In a world gone mad --The Beastie Boys


At 3/11/2006 4:16 PM, Blogger Comandante Agí said...

Music always makes things better. It's the best coping mechanism there is, besides getting shitfaced.

It doesn't help that most Americans are hopelessly stupid when it comes to the world outside the confines of the U.S.

At 3/11/2006 4:31 PM, Blogger velid said...

Yep. Time for some beer and music.

An insane video by the way--every time I think I have come to grips with how stupid Americans are, they find a way to surprise me.

At 3/13/2006 4:00 PM, Anonymous andy said...

Since you mention insane video and "The Ballad of Alferd Packer", I highly recommend "Cannibal, The Musical" by Trey Parker & Matt Stone.

At 3/13/2006 8:29 PM, Blogger velid said...

Hey Andy,

Thanks for reminding me. Despite my love of all things cannibal, I still haven't seen the Parker Stone musical. I will get right on that.


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