June 20th, 2005

[BRIEF NOTE] Blue Man Boycott

I heard the concert put on by the Blue Man Boycott people at least a block before I arrived at the Panasonic Theatre on Yonge Street, where the Blue Man Group is scheduled to perform. They refuse to work with local trade unions like every other major theatrical production in Toronto has for decades; accordingly, the concert. Myself, I'd like to see them perform regardless of their effect on workers in the theatre industry, but their tickets just cost too much.

[MUSIC] Pet Shop Boys, Alternative

Continuing to support my habit of the Pet Shop Boys, on the weekend I picked up a (used) copy of the Pet Shop Boys' 1995 Alternative, a collection of B-sides and assorted other songs on two discs. It's a strong collection with some excellent songs ("That's my impression," "Don Juan," "Bet she's not your girlfriend," "Miserablism," "Hey, Headmaster," "What keeps mankind alive?," "Some speculation"). Tennant and Lowe have mastered the art of the chanson bien faite, giving it suitably witty twists for the late modern era. In the meantime, here's a snippet of lyric from "Miserablism."

It seems to me there's something serious beginning
Just for the sake of it, make sure you're always frowning
(get get get)
It shows the world that you've got substance and depth
You know, life is an impossible scheme
And love an imperceptible dream
  • Current Music
    Pet Shop Boys, "Miserablism"

[NON BLOG] Pride

I'll be going to my first Toronto pride parade this Sunday, first meeting up with raphinou et al. for Pride-related events, then later to meet up with landsmand for For All Nails-related events. (My CFTAG participation will be suspended for this week, not that the Yonge-Wellesley Starbucks would be usable in any case. Continue without me!)

If you want to meet up wtih me sometime this coming Sunday, please get in touch with me. Remember that scheduling is a delicate art form.

[MUSIC] Brecht/Weill, "What keeps mankind alive?"

I've been listening to the Pet Shop Boys version of the Brecht and Weill song "What keeps mankind alive?", from The Threepenny Opera. It's rather fun, even apart from the deadly-serious political lyrics.

You gentlemen who think you have a mission
to purge us of the seven deadly sins
should first sort out the basic food position
then start your preaching, that's where it begins

You lot who preach restraint and watch your waist as well
should learn for all time how the world is run
However much you twist, whatever lies you tell
food is the first thing, morals follow on
So first make sure that those who now are starving
get proper helpings when we all start carving

What keeps mankind alive? The fact that millions
are daily tortured, stifled, punished, silenced, oppressed
Mankind can keep alive thanks to its brilliance
at keeping its humanity repressed
For once you must not try to shirk the facts
Mankind is kept alive by bestial acts

You say the girls may strip with your permission
You draw the line dividing art from sin
So first sort out the basic food position
then start your preaching, that's where it begins

You lot who bank on your desires and our disgust
should learn for all time how the world is run
Whatever lies you tell, however much you twist
food is the first thing, morals follow on
So first make sure that those who now are starving
get proper helpings when we all start carving

What keeps mankind alive? The fact that millions
are daily tortured, stifled, punished, silenced, oppressed
Mankind can keep alive thanks to its brilliance
at keeping its humanity repressed
For once you must not try to shirk the facts
Mankind is kept alive by bestial acts

Mankind can keep alive thanks to its brilliance
at keeping its humanity repressed
For once you must not try to shirk the facts
Mankind is kept alive by bestial acts


Ah, the joys of Brecht. He had good taste for someone who ripped most of his creative work off of his friends, lovers, and assorted collaborators.
  • Current Music
    Pet Shop Boys, "What keeps mankind alive?"