Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Joe's Garage

Wherein screw Orwell and his 1984 we have been living with the Central Scutinizer for years

The whole idea and concept behind this album makes it one of the greatest works of art of the 20th century. This and the South Park movie (and Joe Vs. the Volcano). It is true that Acts II & III get a bit out of control and even the second half of Act I is only OK. And a lot of the guitar solos were recycled. Still, there's that side 1 of album one, four of the most brilliant, subversive tracks ever slammed up next to each other. Large chunks of this have lodged in my brain for 28 years and have affected me more than I probably know:
Our studies have shown that this horrible force is so dangerous to society at large that laws are being drawn up at this very moment to stop it forever! Cruel and inhuman punishments are being carefully described in tiny paragraphs so they won't conflict with the Constitution (which, itself, is being modified in order to accommodate THE FUTURE)


But skip all that bullshit and concentrate on the album's second track, Joe's Garage. What this gives us in six minutes is a tutorial of forming a band and getting screwed over by the music industry. With a catchy beat. Listen to the album track (youtube). Or watch a live version:


decline of the music industry


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