Friday, December 22, 2006

Excess ain't rebellion

Wherein of their interesting website the most disconcerting bit is the posting [news section] of an Off the Mark comic. Back on the school newspaper, we bought these for something like 100 panels for $10. I called them the unfunny comics, as in "There's a hole on page 5, drop in an unfunny comic." As editor-in-chief, the first thing I did was to shitcan Mark Parisi.

From Cake is a song so bitter and cynical that I bet there's a story behind it. Now if they'd quit worrying so much about the environment and put out some new music. Al Gore's on the job, so I'm sure everything will be just fine. Excess apoplexy is also not rebellion.

HOW DO YOU AFFORD YOUR ROCK'N'ROLL LIFESTYLE?
Well, your CD collection looks shiny and costly.
How much did you pay for your bad Moto Guzi?
And how much did you spend on your black leather jacket?
Is it you or your parents in this income tax bracket?

Now tickets to concerts and drinking at clubs,
Sometimes for music that you haven't even heard of.
And how much did you pay for your rock'n'roll t-shirt
That proves you were there,
That you heard of them first?

How do you afford your rock'n'roll lifestyle?
How do you afford your rock'n'roll lifestyle?
How do you afford your rock'n'roll lifestyle?
Ah, tell me.

How much did you pay for the chunk of his guitar,
The one he ruthlessly smashed at the end of the show?
And how much will he pay for a brand new guitar,
One which he'll ruthlessly smash at the end of another show?
And how long will the workers keep building him new ones?
As long as their soda cans are red, white, and blue ones.
And how long will the workers keep building him new ones?
As long as their soda cans are red, white, and blue ones.

Aging black leather and hospital bills,
Tattoo removal and dozens of pills.
Your liver pays dearly now for youthful magic moments,
But rock on completely with some brand new components.

How do you afford your rock'n'roll lifestyle?
How do you afford your rock'n'roll lifestyle?
How do you afford your rock'n'roll lifestyle?

Excess ain't rebellion.
You're drinking what they're selling.
Your self-destruction doesn't hurt them.
Your chaos won't convert them.
They're so happy to rebuild it.
You'll never really kill it.
Yeah, excess ain't rebellion.
You're drinking what they're selling.
Excess ain't rebellion.
You're drinking,
You're drinking,
You're drinking what they're selling.
Yeah.
Rock.
On.
Yeah.

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