My Photo

November 2021

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30        
Blog powered by Typepad

« Go Ohgami Go Nuts in NYC, 1984 | Main | Club Unplugged: Razing Giorgio's Red Door »

February 24, 2017



The song that's been running through my head since the election is Bowie's "I'm Afraid of Americans" (Earthlings, 1997), if only because we're all now living with Trump's tiny hand on the nuclear football. In watching the video again however, with its Taxi Driver noir-New York and Trent Reznor as its Travis Bickle stand-in, I wonder if the Bowie character is afraid of American violence or its diverse population and cultural weirdness, or all of the three. The way the video cuts from the black guy in dreads finger-shooting at him to the brown kids playing shoot-em-up in the street to the Carnival-like parade at the close seem to indicate the latter. The lyrics however seem to talk about how familiar and yet so alien/alienating American culture is. When Bowie sings, "God is an American," I can't help thinking what a nightmare it is that the Orange Crush now has godlike power over our existence and everyone else's.


That Mr. Roboto (secret secret) video is worse than I remember!

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name is required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)