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While I was researching youth arts and culture my son suggested that I listen to this art rock/performance art band. My analysis is forthcoming. The band was called Idiot Flesh. The song, with special guest appearance by Geraldo Rivera, had one of the longest song titles I've seen: "Teen Devil Worshipper Jonathan Cantero's List of Activities for the 12th of October". They disbanded in 1998. Two members went on to form Sleepytime Gorilla Museum.

I listened and looked for more.

The band was a band formed in 1985 at Barrington Hall, a student co-op at the University of California at Berkeley.

It's no wonder I missed Idiot Flesh, in 1985 I was exploring with advanced composites in the astro-communications outer space industry, while they were exploring experimental sound with non-traditional instruments, inner space, industrializing strange, "rock against rock" attitude and funny costumes. I wore a tie most days and sensible shoes.

"The band was known to tour the US in a converted city bus with Rathbun [band member] as the driver/mechanic, with the windshield destination banner set for HELL." I drove a Mercedes and a VF750F Interceptor on weekends. "Their work was characterized by its 'rock against rock' attitude and defied classification with marching band routines, puppet shows, and the playing of household items as tuned instruments." I got into a Motown thing in the mid-80s. "A rumor following the group alleged that when the band was offered a record contract from a label, that it would disband before selling out." Their first album was released in 1995. "Their final show was held on a Friday the 13th." I got all that from Wiki.

It's no wonder I missed Idiot Flesh. But times have changed. I dress differently now, any way I want to and I even have pants with holes in them. My son calls me an idiot sometimes. I am expanding my horizons. I am experiencing the wonders of all I may have missed when I was what I was. The analysis is forthcoming, maybe.

Idiot Flesh often performed live with a group of additional stage performers who called themselves the Filthy Rotten Excuse Chickens. They were "a motley bunch," wrote Andrew Lentz in Metroactive Music, "that enhances the Idiot Flesh experience with a variety of acrobatics, dancing and pantomime." Members of Filthy Rotten Excuse Chickens went by the names:

* The Minotaurs of Baal
* Beefra The Cook
* Helpy The Hamburger Bee
* Mr. Punch
* Hatcha & Datcha The Siamese Twins
* Ming Tsao: Professor of Black Math
* Uro Butoh
* El Evil
* Ward C. Picnic
* The Queen of Oakland
* Mumble

Enjoy! more... Idiot Flesh and I get it now. There's something, a message in the names perhaps. And here I've been worrying about things like terrorism, the failing economy, shrinking bank accounts and expanding waistline, and what kind of sneakers I should wear. I think I get it now, there's no point to analyze since it's all there, whatever it is it's all there, in her wagon.

Idiot Song

Date: 2011-02-01 11:15 pm (UTC)
mrnihil: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mrnihil
unfair. i wasn't even alive in the 80's.

Re: I am old

Date: 2011-02-11 02:45 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrnihil
what's it like having perspective through time like that? seems like it would be......... weird.

Re: I am old

Date: 2011-02-11 09:58 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrnihil
that's cool. are you going to get a robot body in 2045? i hear a lot of people will be.

Re: I am old

Date: 2011-02-12 12:01 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrnihil
we won't make it to 2045 anyway because Apophis will kill everyone in 2036. the year of the dragon. and doom.

plus, being digital sounds like a lot of work. and if microsoft is working on the OSs for the new machine bodies, it's going to be a while after 2045 that they're even ready for practical applications.

Re: I am old

Date: 2011-02-12 06:08 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrnihil
i haven't yet decided if humans have the right to move on to other worlds, but i'll let you know before Apophis happens.

don't dodge gamma bursts, it's where superpowers come from.

Re: I am old

Date: 2011-02-12 07:35 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrnihil
but because we can do something, should we? i mean, should a pedophile move to nevernever land just because the laws there are [currently] more lax? we don't take care of the shit we got, so we should say "oh well, there are other planets to pillage."?

i do like the idea of flipping a coin, though, letting chance decide. it cuts out all of the philosophy and debate that rarely takes you anywhere as succinctly as a coin flip.

Re: I am old

Date: 2011-02-12 09:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrnihil
well, blaming the lax laws is a lot like blaming the girl in the skimpy clothes for her rape. but of course, it's the risk you run when you have a free society. from an outside perspective, though, we can say something like "no, the pedophile should actually implode and cease to exist, then things would be a little better off." humans colonizing other planets can be seen from this same outside perspective. if you saw a colony of, say, bacteria invading ecosystems and killing them off, maybe you'd want to wipe the bacteria out, or at least keep from them spreading.

as far as taking care of out shit, now compared to other times, the answer is probably only yes because we weren't able to fuck our shit up then the way we can now. at some points, in some cultures, there's been more respect for said shit, to various degrees, but over all, exploitation is how things work, and that's only amplified when you find out you can print your own money. all i know about agenda 21 is that it's, what, designed to clean up the world? but that it doesn't seem to have done much.

Re: I am old

Date: 2011-02-12 10:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrnihil
lax laws aren't the same as no laws, though- perhaps the pedophile doesn't have to let everyone in the neighbourhood he's a pedophile, or maybe he can live close to a school. his actions (raping lost boys) are still illegal. as is raping someone, generally, skimpy clothes or not.

i'm both, optimistic and pessimistic. or maybe i'm neither, i forget the difference just now. i see moments of greatness, and i see the opposite. my verdict isn't in yet.

Re: I am old

Date: 2011-02-12 10:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrnihil
well then.

i'm going to go enjoy the blistering cold of snow and death, in a land where the sun never rises.

(ps im not really going to enjoy it all that much. have fun on the beach, you beach having jerk :P)



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