This track came up in a library shuffle today and I’m really glad it did. It brought back memories that were strangely enhanced by the cool, crisp weather. Something about it must have roots in Arizona fall/winters (jacket weather!) because I kept thinking how this was my favorite time of year there. Perhaps its the atmosphere between the sounds that act like little windows back into the past … Or maybe I’m just talking out of my ass.
Anyway, it’s good. Fans of Fugazi will like. (That’s 2 DC posts for the day)
A friend forwarded me this hilarious e-mail about Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Embrace, Fugazi, etc.). Don’t drink any liquids during this article because they might end up on your monitor.
Subject: This Was Copyrighted in 2001 About Minor Threat Who Broke up in 1983. Did you know Ian Injected Marijuana? > > After weeks of undercover investigations I can > exclusively reveal to you that the straight edge heavy > metal band, Minor Threat, were in fact a group of > dangerous subversives who hoped to seize power and > install a nazi-communist dictatorship. Basing their > philosophy on the teachings of Mao Tse Tung and Adolf > Hitler, the band devised their own agenda which was to > abolish religion and alcohol. The members of the band > also failed to live up to the high personal standards > they advocated, as it is now widely known that some of > the band were marijuana addicts. > > The ‘X’ > The straight edge movement was founded in 1980 by Ian > MacKaye (shown right, with his band Minor Threat). > Their emblem was a swastika with the end bits removed > from the cross. This was to symbolise that they were > nazis, yet also communists as the ‘X’ also represents > the hammer and sickle, which adorns the sinister red > flags of communist nations, but without the metal > bits. So it stands for two handles. > > The straight edge lifestyle edict > They advocated a lifestyle that meant abstinence from > sex and drugs, which is to be commended, but also > asked their members to refrain from drinking and pipe > smoking. This meant that they would refuse communion > in a church. Jesus’ miracle at the wedding (see John > 2: 1-11) was a sign that God likes people to have a > drink, so the teachings of the straight edge movement > run contrary to ALL Christian philosophy. > > Ian MacKaye: potential nazi-communist tyrant? > Ian MacKaye formed Minor Threat to seize power and > install a nazi-communist dictatorship. And also to > fund his marijuana habit. Once in power, his straight > edge government would have abolished contraceptives > and drugs, which could only have been a good thing, > but would have also outlawed religion and church wine. > The detestable practice of skateboarding would have > been compulsory for all teenagers and we would have > been forced to have skinhead haircuts. In this > respect, their philosophy was similar to that of Adolf > Hiter and Chairman Mao of China, as they wanted > everybody to be the same, but they would have > eliminated any “undesirables”. Probably. > > Credibility blown by mind-bending marijuana addiction > > Thankfully this did not happen as Ian MacKaye’s > credibility was destroyed when it was discovered that > he was injecting the lethal drug, marijuana. The > photograph on the right shows this pathetic man after > yet another one of his “fixes”. The straight edge > movement is being kept alive by a group of foolish > fanatics, but is too unfashionable for most teenagers, > so hopefully it will die out soon. > > This story illustrates once more just how evil rock > music is. I implore any parents reading this site to > go through your childrens’ CD collection and to > publicly burn any offensive material.
This five and half minutes of sonic excellence was originally digitized from clear, red vinyl. The original 15 minute track is comprised of several pieces, but I rarely listen to the others because I only want to hear this part. In fact, when I bought Gamera I became so familiar with the record grooves of this piece that I could literally drop the needle at the very beginning. Not an easy feat with clear vinyl.
Sadly, this section of my vinyl copy now skips because of the number of times I’ve listened to it over the years. I ended up buying a digital copy of A Lazarus Taxon from iTunes to hear the full thing again … but I still skip to 5:00 in the iTunes scrubber.