Saturday, December 7, 2019

I've Come to the Realization that this Album Is now Political

Earlier this year, I posted about the dangerous 'bleach cure' con. This is yet another 'miracle cure that THEY don't want you to know about' scam, but parents forcing their children to drink bleach is horrific. The strange thing about this particular scam is that there's a political component to it nowadays, as yet another right-wing nutjob jumps on the bleachandwagon. I guess that these people know that their audience is lacking in critical thinking skills and therefore is particularly vulnerable to affinity scams.

This brings me to a rather unusual subject, that of the 1988 Dead Milkmen album Beelzebubba. I had always considered this album a snarky comedy album by an irreverent, cartoonish punk band... then all of a sudden, conspiracy theories filtered into the popular imagination like so many psychedelic banana peels. The song Stuart, a perfect distillation of the intersection of right-wing conspiracy lunacy and anti-LGBTQ bigotry, took on a new meaning for me... this was perhaps the most cogent political anthem of the current zeitgeist.

Now, even formerly silly songs from the album take on a political edge in these bizarre times:





Thirty-one years after the release of the album, it is even more relevant than it was when it was released. Who could have guessed that a bunch of silly Philly punks would turn out to be so prescient? I thought the album was hilarious when it was released, but I'm not sure sure that it's all that funny anymore...

3 comments:

Vixen Strangely said...

A recent reminder--in the HBO series Watchmen, the protagonist Sister Night tells us she has a nose for White Supremacy, and she smells bleach.

Some WS people proving their whiteness sometimes guzzle milk because the gene for lactose tolerance is a supposedly northern European thing. I am mostly personally composed of dairy fat. My brother is lactose intolerant. Same entire family tree. Irish English and German. One man's meat is another man's poison, but you can't bleach yourself inside out. Currently in the listening rotation: The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy (Socio-genetic experiment). There is a lot to be said for the music we Gen x-ers listened to. (And like, Rage Against the Machine and etc.) We already knew everything was a lie and were ready to get told more of what we knew was lies.

I don't know how anyone gets to be a believer in anything except human freedom and the value of individuality being born in our scantily-populated generation. But here we are.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

I don't think I'd survive without cheese- I'm Swiss, French, Italian, and Irish. I remember that whole 'MILK!!!' thing was big among the 'ironic Nazi' 4chan/alt-right set a few years back. Those ninnies actually thought that pictures of themselves drinking milk would 'trigger the libs'. What a bunch of chuckleheads!

Buttermilk Sky said...

When a significant number of people decide bleach is healthy and vaccines are not, it's time to turn out the lights and wait in the dark for the Visigoths or whoever will sweep down from the outlands and end us.