Saturday, May 26, 2007

Video Vault

Killing Joke, Eighties.

Basically an update of the Stooges' 1969, with anger replacing boredom as the dominant complaint. The song stomps everything in its path, with a crunching riff that they later claimed was stolen by Nirvana for Come As You Are. (I always thought that was a pretty weak claim.) As an anthem, it's not so much a catalog of specific complaints about the decade as a generic statement of dissatisfaction that could be adapted to fit any period of time. Too bad they painted themselves into a corner with the title. I saw them live in about 1988, and they played it then, but I don't know if they updated it as Nineties after that.

The video is full of images of the day, including Reagan, Thatcher, John DeLorean and Ayatollah Khomeini. I like the expressionless energy of the band and the menacing glare of Jaz Coleman, the singer. Push, push, struggle!

Stop The Occupation.

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