“You Can’t Bring Me Down”
And, as a followup to the last music-related post.
Suicidal Tendencies - You Can’t Bring Me Down (also from the 1990 Lights…Camera…Revolution!)
This is the official video, VEVO-styley, which I am mostly including because it’s so amusingly period. (I also like the not exactly subtle ECT reference…) Plus, the censoring is totally hilarious. Again, as Mark Prindle put it, the track “wraps things up with a pissed-off rant that probably earned more bleeps in 15 seconds than any other rock video ever shown on MTV”. And I’m feeling old again, because I remember the PMRC crap all too well. “Censorshit“…
(Some context for this video, BTW. Mike Muir: “And the first people who got into the band were the people from around where we were from, Venice and south Santa Monica, mostly Mexicans and blacks. And people flipped out, because at punk-rock shows there weren’t that many quote-unquote ‘minorities.’ They hadn’t been exposed to that culture.” The band itself has tended to have a majority of working-class “minority” members, which is still far too unusual for hardcore in particular. And, yeah, most of the political content is going to come across pretty differently from a bunch of working-class brown people, than from (upper) middle-class white musicians.)
With one of the best quotes ever:
Who the hell you calling crazy?
You wouldn’t know what crazy was if Charles Manson was eating fruit loops on your front porch
The full (*gasp*) “explicit” version, with lyrics below:
Time out-let’s get something clear
I speak-more truth than you want to hear
Scapegoat to cover up your fear…
Just ’cause you don’t understand what’s going on
Don’t mean it don’t make no sense
And just ’cause you don’t like it,
Don’t mean it ain’t no good
And let me tell you something;
Before you go taking a walk in my world
You better take a look at the real world
‘Cause this ain’t no Mister Roger’s Neighborhood
Can you say “Feel like shit”?
Yeah maybe sometimes I do feel like shit
I ain’t happy ’bout it, but I’d rather feel like shit than be full of shit! #
Using anger to deal with worries can be useful sometimes, as long as you are aware that’s what you’re doing. Still working on that one.