Tuesday, March 11, 2008

My Post-Electoral Prescription

THE CUTTING EDGE INTERVIEW WITH FRANK ZAPPA


FRANK ZAPPA ON THE DAVID LETTERMAN SHOW (1980s)
(Poor quality transfer from VHS archive but Frank is in top form here!)

WITH DAVID LETTERMAN AGAIN (HALLOWEEN 1983)


FRANK ZAPPA TAKES ON THE PRMC ON CNN'S CROSSFIRE

What the fuck is the PMRC? This is Wikipedia's take on it:

The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) was an American committee formed in 1985 by four women: Tipper Gore, wife of Senator and later Vice President Al Gore; Susan Baker, wife of Treasury Secretary James Baker; Pam Howar, wife of Washington realtor Raymond Howar; and Sally Nevius, wife of Washington City Council Chairman John Nevius. They were known as the "Washington wives" — a reference to their husbands' connections with the federal government. The Center eventually grew to include 22 directors.

The PMRC claimed that popular music, and especially hard rock, punk rock and heavy metal music, was partially responsible for the perceived contemporary increase in violence, rape, teenage pregnancy, and teen suicide. The group's mission was "to educate and inform parents" about "the growing trend in music towards lyrics that are sexually explicit, excessively violent, or glorify the use of drugs and alcohol," and to seek the rating of music. Even though the PMRC was meant to do damage to record sales of the artist who made the songs with explicit lyrics, Bret Michaels, of Poison, Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe, and Frankie Banali of Quiet Riot all stated on Vh1's "Heavy: The Story of Metal"" that the PMRC was one of the best things to happen to rock music since it almost guaranteed that disgruntled children would buy the record in question...


Crossfire 1986

Crossfire 1987 (Part 1)


Crossfire 1987 (Part 2)


AND NOW, LABIES & GENITALMEN, GEORGE BUSH PAYS HOMAGE TO FRANK ZAPPA... (YOU GOTTA WATCH THIS!)

I don't know who put this together but it's totally inspired. Music track: "Bobby Brown" by Frank Zappa.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Anwar Ibrahim: LETTER TO MALAYSIA

Anwar Ibrahim's letter to all Malaysians was released on March 7th, the eve of the epochal GE12. I found it on Elizabeth Wong's blog and rather than reproduce the entire letter here, just click on this link!

There are many reasons why I am voicing my support of Anwar Ibrahim's political comeback via Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) which as of today will lead a vigorous, newly elected parliamentary opposition.

My instincts tell me Anwar Ibrahim is a man of destiny and fully deserves our wholehearted support - but for now I am content to just let Anwar speak for himself.

I congratulate all Malaysians who voted with a vengeance on March 8th to foil BN's elaborate electoral fraud by the sheer force of their numbers.

Bravo, everybody! This has truly been a victory for People Power and I have never felt so optimistic about my country for as long as I can remember.

Before I sign off I just want to say to Dr M: you may be a cunning old crocodile but you are totally lacking in wisdom and humility. You were the one who sodomized Malaysia, not Anwar!