You'll have to trust me on this one but I swear blind that I had a long and interesting (for certain values of 'interesting') post inspired by last week's post about the rise of football culture and new-laddism in the mid 90s. But I'm cripplingly hungover. And I kind of wrote about it before here. So I won't.
Instead you get Keith Allen again - this time in that most British of creations; the novelty football song replete with undertones of jingoism and a spoof of a Verve video that was, in and of itself, an homage to "Unfinished Sympathy" by Massive Attack
In the great pantheon of British Indie, possibly in the whole of the music as a whole, the Happy Mondays are probably one of the more confusing bands.
Confusing is possibly the wrong word. Baffling might be better. Baffled might be even better. Completely fucked up on drugs is probably the ultimate.
So this is the paradox - this is a band who presented as incompetent, narcohazed wasters whose music was, on the one hand, incredibly simple but on careful listening turned out to actually be beautifully sliding, layered and nuanced.
Originating in the Northern Soul tinge Factory Records/Hacienda/Madchester scene you can see their rise and fall in the film "24 Hour Party People" (about the aformntioned Factory Records but named for the 'Monday's first album "Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out)") which includes scenes of singer Shaun Ryder holding the master tapes for their 4th album hostage only for the entire album turn out to be instrumental due to Ryder's inability to write any lyrics.
Happy Mondays - Step On
They disbanded in 1993 and Ryder formed Black Grape along with band 'dancer'; grinning buffoon Mark "Bez" Berry. Despite all odds "It's Great When You're Straight, Yeah" is an outright work of genius containing tracks like
Black Grape - In the name of the father
which just sounded incredibly fresh at the time - mostly because of Ryder's ability to effortlessly blend and assimilate multiple influences both contemporary and historical; taking elements of 70s glamour, Manchester, baggy, hippy fashion, reggae, rap, gospel and even Indian Sitar and smooshing them into a melange that should fail horribly but somehow works.
They even managed to ride the rise of New Laddism with football anthem "England's Irie"
Ryder later turned up as a surreal giant singing head in the Gorillaz's "挑戦 DARE" - allegedly originally called "It's There" but changed because his his slurred out, strong Mancunian accent made it sound like he was singing "It's dare".
No one is arguing that a corporation should have "no free speech rights".
Not being able to spend unlimited funds in any conceivable way to try to buy elections / politicians != NO rights to free speech
There are all kinds of situational limitations to both individuals' and corporations' rights to say whatever they want, that I can't really see how this one limitation has been such a theoretical or actualy tragedy.
Free speech, for example, is unimportant enough that I can be jailed for 5 years and subject to hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for a crime as harmless as whistling the tune to an Elvis song within earshot of 10 or more people ... and the justification for this limitation to my individual free speech rights is that we need to incentivize Elvis' ghost to write more hit songs?
Back from a time when it was perfectly acceptable nay usual to have hugely floppy hair with an undercut, wear a round collared granddad shirts with a deep v-neck and mix hippy wibbling with twiddly guitar bits and random reggae MC-ing
Soup Dragons - I'm Free
Good times. Good times.
The name Soup Dragons comes from an old, completely bonkers psychedelic British kids' TV program called "The Clangers" which is described in Wikipedia as
"The Clangers were small creatures living in peace and harmony on - and inside - a small, hollow planet, far far away, nourished by Blue String Pudding, and Green Soup harvested from the planet's volcanic soup wells by the Soup Dragon. The Clangers looked similar to mice, anteaters and, from their pink colour, pigs. They wore clothes reminiscent of Roman armour and spoke in whistles."
The Clangers: The (Not So) Marvelous Bag
"Of all the stars and moons and planets that shine in the sky, by far the most troublesome is surely this one. This small cloud covered planet is our earth"