...we've all got something to grind.
Once upon a time, some kind, ethnic behavior policing soul said that a nice African American boy like me (or, as I like to refer to my heritage, Deluxe Mocha La Schmoove) shouldn't listen to Rammstein.BY way of a reply, I turned the sound up to 11 on "Mein Teil" (cause see, this amp here, it goes up to 11...which is more than ten innit?)..d.
I am currently obsessed wth Rammstein. I mean, come on, "Coca-Cola, sometimes war" so beautifully says it all.
>Deluxe Mocha La Schmooveschnerk!yes, good of people to let you know these things, innit? "Thanks for sharing! Lick My Love Pump."yeh, I'm sure there are all kinds of reasons a nice Jewish girl shouldn't listen to guttural stompy German people.or kittens. http://www.rathergood.com/laibach/
Ah yes, the Laibach kitties.A few background references for the curious:Laibach at WikiThe Laibach Zizek Matrix
I love Rammstein. I have to say, though, that watching that video, the image I couldn't get out of my head, because it was, to me, so quintissentially American, was this....When my ex and I both still lived in Utah (that's a long story), there was a Buddhist temple near his mom's house. She watched my daughter every day while I was at work, and one afternoon, as I drove past the temple, I noticed one of the monks mowing the yard...saffron robe and all, on a riding mower.He was still himself, and yet, also, the stereotypical American guy mowing his yard on a sunny afternoon in the suburbs, too.i don't know why it stuck in my head, except that I liked seeing it. And the monks in the video reminded me of it.
I have a love-hate relationship with Rammstein. For one, I'm a big Laibach fan, and sometimes Rammstein seems like Laibach Lite. On the other hand Rammstein does write catchy music and has some awesome videos. "Links-2-3-4" is one of my favorites, by the way. On the subject of Laibach, it's important (to me anyhow) to point out that Slavoj Zizek was among the first intellectuals to defend Laibach against unwarranted charges of being fascists, and some of his ideas do help to elucidate Laibach's actions--but Laibach is neither informed nor influenced by Zizek. In fact, Laibach's largest influence stems from the failure of the avant-garde art movements to critique totalitarianism, instead becoming controlled by them and used to promote totalitarianism. That black cross of Laibach's is nothing more than imagery taken from Russian artist Kazimir Malevich, who created the Supremacist movement that influenced Constructivism, the Bauhaus school, Dadaism, etc. Malevich's goal was to create art separated from symbolism and meaning; by presenting neutral symbols without context in his art, he hoped to attain such purity. Instead, it presented an opportunity for others to impose meaning upon the symbols. By adopting Malevich's cross in the context of politics-as-art, Laibach hopes to reverse the equation. I suspect they have been generally more successful at their goal than Malevich was at there--although only history will tell! Laibach is a mystery wrapped in enigma, set to a march beat, with snappy uniforms and no discernable ideology.Oh--dwayne? You rock. But you know that. \m/
I meant, "than Malevich was at *his*...." I must edit better than this.
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