Beware the savage jaw of 1984 — it got that way because it confused hamburgers for heroin:
Hey, at least it doesn’t end with everybody dying at the end, a rare occurrence from our cool, calm, collected, collectivist betters these days. After watching that Australian PSA, I’m starting to think that Naked Lunch really was about lunch!
So will Lou Reed be doing commercials for McDonald’s soon? Probably not; but the American equivalent of this sort of nanny statism might even be enough to make another former member of the Velvet Underground become a closet Tea Partier.
Update: Or maybe not so closeted:
Lou Reed’s not going to like this. Via Julian Sanchez’s Twitter feed, I see that former Velvet Underground drummer Moe Tucker was spotted at a Georgia Tea Party protest, telling a local reporter that she is “furious about the way we are being led towards socialism.” Prefix magazine calls this “depressing” news that will “bring you down” before the weekend, because it’s incumbent upon all musicians—especially those in seminal proto-punk bands like VU—to have roughly the same, boring lefty politics. Deviate from the acceptable ideology (Guevara t-shirts are fine, as is anything related to 9/11 “truth”) and a bunch of kids born in the 1980s will have their weekends ruined.
A generation that laughed at Frank Burns on M*A*S*H has internalized his motto that “Individuality is fine, as long as we all do it together.”