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Talking Turkey

Our world is changing. Our traditions should change too.

Harley Quinn and Kevin Smith are breaking the chain of unhealthy and unsustainable holiday traditions and putting the emphasis on love and compassion. Adopt a turkey rather than eating one.

Learn more at adoptaturkey.org.

FARM SANCTUARY

People Are People

Martin Gore has said that he regrets “People Are People” because of its obvious lyrical message, and has described the tune as “too nice, too commercial”; consequently, Depeche Mode has not played the song live since 1988.

Gore should put his artistic ego aside and once again recognize and perform “People Are People”—it is an egalitarian anthem greatly needed for our deeply divided world.


People are people so why should it be
You and I should get along so awfully?

So we’re different colours and we’re different creeds
And different people have different needs
It’s obvious you hate me though I’ve done nothing wrong
I’ve never even met you so what could I have done?

I can’t understand
What makes a man
Hate another man
Help me understand

People are people so why should it be
You and I should get along so awfully?

Help me understand

Now you’re punching and you’re kicking and you’re shouting at me
I’m relying on your common decency
So far it hasn’t surfaced, but I’m sure it exists
It just takes a while to travel from your head to your fists

I can’t understand
What makes a man
Hate another man
Help me understand


We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.
Will Rogers (1879-1935)

The Big Bamboozle

Barry Adamson
“The Big Bamboozle EP”
1995 Mute Records Limited (UK)
CD MUTE 186

01 The Big Bamboozle | 03:40
02 007, A Fantasy Bond Theme (Dance Version) | 04:37
03 Busted (Michaelangelo Version) | 05:45
04 Dead Heat | 04:50

Released 26 October is “Memento Mori”, an anthology chronicling the 40-year career of Barry Adamson. The Mancunian native played with Magazine, Visage, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, and others before commencing a solo career in 1988. Adamson’s compositions incorporate elements of soundtracks, jazz, soul, funk, dub, and other styles, often blended with contemporary electronics. Issued in 1995, “The Big Bamboozle EP” includes material from various releases, serving as a mini sampler of Adamson’s oeuvre; digitally exclusive to the CD is the ‘Dance Version’ of “007, A Fantasy Bond Theme.”

BarryAdamson.com

Moby “Falling Rain And Light”

MOBY.com

A Moment Of Silence

The Day The Music Died

Longtime followers of the MOD blog may recall this delightful diatribe from three years ago: In Memory Of Music

So today, 23 October 2018, marks the unofficial 20th anniversary of music’s demise. Let us all observe a moment of silence…

Don’t Ask Me

Public Image Limited
“Don’t Ask Me”
1990 Virgin Records Ltd (UK)
VSCDT 1231

01 Don’t Ask Me | 03:42
02 Rules And Regulations | 04:34
03 Warrior (Extended Remix) | 07:08

“Don’t Ask Me” was issued as a single in advance of Public Image Limited’s 1990 career retrospective, “The Greatest Hits, So Far.” Released at the height of PiL’s commercial phase, the song is viewed by some fans (particularly the “Metal Box” contingent) as the band’s nadir. It may sound a bit naff; however, “Don’t Ask Me” merits listening for its laudable (and occasionally laughable) lyrics.

Most of the tune’s credit is due to bassist Allan Dias, even if the end result isn’t quite how he imagined it. While the song’s social, environmental, and political messages were probably considered trivial in 1990, “Don’t Ask Me” has proven to be remarkably prophetic.

Whatcha gonna do when the river runs dry?
Put your drills in the mud, death up in the sky
Should have saved those bottles, should have saved those cans
Shouldn’t oughta listen to that plastic man

No more toilet paper, it’s gone just like the trees
Do you like the taste of honey? Isn’t it best without the bees?
Be careful what you’re doing, you’re messing up my life
And if all this world’s a cake, then you took too big a slice

What’s it all about, they scream and then they shout
Don’t ask me ’cause I don’t know
What’s it all about, they scream and then they shout
Don’t blame me, I told you so

Read it in the papers, you hear it in the news
Very few listen, you spew without a view
And is it really worth it, your choking on remote
I see the red tide coming, but we don’t even vote

Infection in the greenhouse, dizzy in the clouds
Oily as an ocean, Heaven disemboweled
Planning on a future? Well lucky for some
Develop your body, but your mind is still a slum

The product in this packaging of multi-layered glam
150 layers of a material to cover up this sham
Protecting my planet, you wrap it in plastic
This package is product, perfected eternal, a crap in a cling wrap
I never met a prime minister or president who told the truth yet

Swimming in this slurry, burning in the heat
Wind blown is this weather, I eat what you secrete
I climb this highest derrick, this circus has no prayer
No U.F.O.s to save us, and do we really care?

What’s it all about, they scream and then they shout
Don’t ask me ’cause I don’t know
What’s it all about, they scream and then they shout
Don’t blame me, I told you so

Kiss goodbye to the Earth, the sun, the moon

It’s easy to deceive a child


We can’t solve the world’s problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

The Ocean Blue “Therein Lies The Problem With My Life”

New track featured on Korda Records compilation “Korda 4 Komp.”

KORDA RECORDS 

Supremely Sad State Of Affairs

I imagine this is one of Bart O’Kavanaugh’s favorite drinking songs:

The Public Image Is Rotten

A detailed documentary chronicling the 40-year history of John Lydon’s band, Public Image Limited, makes its debut in North American theaters this evening (although there was an advance screening last night, with Lydon in attendance).

And next month, PiL will hit the road in North America—full tour dates are available on the official website.

Public Image Limited

The Public Image Is Rotten