Wednesday, March 08, 2006


That sound those of you on the East Coast heard about an hour ago was the top of my head going thru the roof of my building.

There I was, placidly watching my weekly ration of network TV (Boston Legal, if you must know) when a commercial for Fidelity Investments came on. While the announcer smoothly made his case for entrusting my millions to them, Peter Max style Yellow Submarine-ish flowers danced across the screen as Inna Gadda Da Vida played in the background.

The whipsawing cultural dissonance rose quickly to such a roar that my head exploded with little or no effort on my part.

I mean if a stoner song as incomprehensible as IGDV is being used as cultural code for taking care of business, I guess that means the Revolution is officially over.

What's next, using Where Have All the Flowers Gone in a Hummer commercial?

It seems that I am no longer a member of what passes for the dominant culture on this planet, which now that I think about it may not be such not a bad thing.

Either that, or I slipped thru the dimensional door in my sleep again. I really hate when that happens. Just don't tell me that I'm stuck back in that bizarro version of America that elected a chimpanzee as President....


Diane said...

A new one that's been playing this week on a commercial is "Bang the Gong." Not 60's music, but I was nevertheless sickened by it. Rock and roll is now the official soundtrack of television commercials.

I think my worst moment may have been when I was standing in a department store and the Muzak was playing "Watching the Detectives."

Gary said... still have my old blog "American Regression" on your blog-roll...I now post on the blog "American Agenda."

Just an FYI!

handdrummer said...

It's really sad to see pieces of your childhood being sold to pay the bills, isn't it? Kind of like stumbling on a rummage sale and realizing that it's your grandparents' estate that being sold.

handdrummer said...

Fixed. And nice job at the new digs. I've been visiting there without realizing it was you.