Perceptive, intelligent, deep thinking popular musicians have long stood for freedom, sticking it to the man, and getting all wacky at arenas after paying $100 for tickets. David Byrne continues in that tradition, explaining the omission of the track "Qu'ran" from the recent reissue of the excellent "My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts".
There's tons of things you can think of that they don't print, that they don't say, that they tiptoe around very carefully. It is a form of censorship, but that's also the way people are as animals -- that you don't unnecessarily provoke people unless you really are looking for a fight. And you do self-censor certain things, and it's not necessarily a bad thing. That's just the way human social interaction works.I always thought Talking Heads were a rather shitty band -- and I'm sure a diverse segment of society shares my values. As offensive as their CDs might be, it is blaming the victim to get angry at the radio, or at little shiny pieces of plastic. We must never lost sight of the root cause of the music of Talking Heads: the band itself. I certainly wouldn't ever get violent about it, but you never know who might.
Anyways, shitty band or not, music itself is a sin for a broad spectrum of society. Yes, it is true; every time David Byrne opens his mouth to serenade the world, an Islamic angel cries and sharpens his sword with the tears.
Will he now, finally, be silent, and quit provoking music fans and Mohammed fans alike? Show some respect, David.
Monday, July 17, 2006
Posted by Mike on Monday, July 17, 2006