Thursday, April 19, 2012

Hey kids! Don't be a hero. Don't be a fool with your life.

Aspire to be like these dudes instead (oh, and while you're at it, you might want to look up the word "fool"). I'm not pretending that Bo Donaldson was a huge cultural influence, but I remember singing along with this ditty as a teen and thinking it was all profound and stuff. Its influence may have rubbed off on countless others (as messages in art and/or propaganda are wont to do).

And yet, I can't see sentient beings taking advice from guys in matching white Orlon (TM) jumpsuits with sparkly orange flames curling up the legs.  As an aside, it's funny how people like to enjoy their freedoms (including the freedom to indulge in brainless sentimental political posturing and/or really bad art) without fully realizing or acknowledging that some herioc fool paid for those freedoms with his life.

Golly, it's so effortless and thus maybe even unfair to make fun of the 70s. But having survived them, I think I've earned the right.

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