Have been reading and hearing a lot of anti-organically grown food pieces on mainstream media lately. One of them was how some British researchers declared that the organically grown foods are no more nutritious than ones treated with pesticides. Who said organic food was more nutritious? It’s just not loaded with toxins! Then they say that there’s not enough toxins from pesticide in an single apple to do much damage. Again, so what? It’s when we eat these thing day after day after day that the toxins build up in our bodies! What kind of foolishness are they trying to poison our minds with now?!
This kind of slanted reporting was also on All Things Considered yesterday evening too. Well, it is every evening, but this one was easy for me to notice… a commentator was demonstrating that the people insist that the Republican and Democratic parties are indistiguishable are either ignorant or liars bent on their own agendas. It was a lame piece, as it boiled down to polling the average citizen, finding out what he thought Democrat and Republican stood for, not what the parties actually do! Then the commentator paid lipservice to the “sinificant” differences in the voting records of Democrats and Republicans, and how different that made them, but he did not mention whether the significance of the differences of voting records was from a period of the last five years or from the last hundred years. To anyone hip to who is putting money in the coffers of these politicians reelection coffers, it came across clearly as propaganda, “Smile and be happy! You have a choice!”
Back to punk today, in a way. When i read some music guides and articles, they claim that the Undertones are not punk, but they are punk enough for me! So they are not raging, furious maniacs, but they had a raw sound, memorable melodies, and angsty-yet-funny lyrics. I love sarcastically dumb, catchy songs! Especially when they sound like they were recorded by people I could have known, and recorded in their own garage. Again, it’s something i picked up at Spiller’s in Cardiff, which is not surprising, considerign that most of my fave plays this summer have been from that trip last spring. I feel a little bummed out that i bought a single collection again, as now i wish that i had the whole albums, but this is a two CD set, so it might be all of the Undertones i need for the moment. It’s hard to believe that though, as these songs are so infectiously happy without being saccharine that it might be impossible to overdose on them.