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EC bands and social conscience.
- Subject: EC bands and social conscience.
- From: "james r. covey" <JRCOVEY\!/ac.dal.ca>
- Date: Sun, 12 May 1996 15:40:54 -0300
all right, y'all knew i wouldn't be able to
stay quiet on *this* topic. :-)
i'm not sure if aaron and heather were on sloan
net the last time we beat this horse to death,
but we did have a thread on this topic just a
little while ago. there was a big debate between
the "why aren't people doing something?" side and
the "hey man, it's just pop music" people. in the
time since i've reflected a bit on this question
and i guess i still think that more could be done
in this town. but i think i have some problems
with the *specifics* that heather and tara raise.
- the fact is, quite a number of benefit gigs
do in fact take place here. yes, there could
- keep in mind that the indie-rock musicians and
fans are often a bit older than the DC scenesters
were. and being older entails all those things
like not seeing the world in such b&w terms, not
looking so much to cultural inputs like music to
make up one's mind about things, etc. none of
which is conducive to social dogma music a la minor threat.
even bruce cockburn eventually had to lighten up. :-)
- heather, are you implying that local alternative bands
are homophobic for not playing gay bars? surely that's
overstating the case. have you ever personally heard
of a local indie-rock band turning down such a booking?
i never have -- it would totally surprise me if i did.
i can't conceive of either A) a gay bar in halifax giving
two shits about indie rock B) a local indie rock band
turning down a paying gig! someone please prove me wrong. :-)
- also, it's pretty ridiculous, heather, to be attacking
the only indie-rock band in halifax of the past couple of
years, namely spine, who actually wrote about these issues
you seem to care so much about *in their songs*. after
the songs they wrote, all the benefits they played, you'd
think they'd be the last band on any politically-aware
person's hit list. but it seems like you have a personal
grudge against the band which, not to put too fine a point
on it, you should take up with them via private email instead
of whining about it on sloan net. sorry for being so harsh
but it just seems so contradictory to me.
- finally, about simple machines vs. cinnamon toast. simple
machines is two women who may as well be twins. cinnamon
toast is five different people with differing agendas.
it's gotta be a lot harder for them to be of one mind on
social issues. don't you think so? it doesn't surprise
me that they haven't got a dogmatic political agenda. but
considering all they've done to support the otherwise
ignored female artists in this scene, they hardly seem
like fair targets to me either.
sure, more could be done. but i hardly see how cutting down
the only people who show signs of giving a shit is going to
create a more politically aware populace or an atmosphere
more conducive to activism.
as usual, just my $0.02.
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