March 09, 2007


If I'd known Ann Althouse was going to give me a shout-out I would've tidied up a little around here (she busted one of my ubiquitous typos, now fixed). As it is, I welcome all Althouse fans and I hope you'll stick around. I don't blog too much these days and when I do it tends to be updates about my alleged musical career but every once in a while I say something of actual interest to those outside the small circle of fans of my music.

That said, regular readers might not be aware that in the blog world an Althouse link is sort of like unexpectedly getting plunked into heavy rotation on a major commercial radio station. Pretty cool indeed! Check out Ann's blog - like most of the others on my Daily Reading list, her stuff seems to annoy the living hell out of reactionary leftists, who insist on calling her a conservative even though she really isn't. Great stuff.

Thanks, Ann Althouse!

Let's open comments and see if I don't have to shut 'em right back down.

UPDATE: I almost forgot, AA ran a Google search on me and came up with this FCC judgment against a Dallas radio station for playing one of my songs. I remember reading about this years ago as the station was under attack by some Christian fundamentalist group for playing the song. In our early days we tried to ignite this sort of hype for ourselves several times, phoning and faxing Chicago TV stations pretending to be members of one outraged group or another who were protesting a Screeching Weasel performance. It never worked, of course. By the time the Dallas thing happened we were already doing okay for ourselves so we didn't really care so much. If I'd known they'd been hit with a 2K fine I would've chipped something in!

The weird thing about it is that they attempted to decipher my lyrics and, as you might expect, often failed, sometimes hilariously and usually making it worse than it was. Case in point:

"When you just need a man, a beat-me-leather fag,
to take you out in drag."

Now, as silly as it may seem to debate the subtle nuances of this example of high culture, it does sort of irk me that they got it wrong. The line is "beefy leather fag," not "beat-me-leather fag." It's an important distinction because "Beefy leather fag" is funny whereas "Beat-me-leather fag" sounds like something translated from French by Babel Fish.

Also, the FCC thing doesn't distinguish between the lyrics and the spoken intro. The latter ends at the line, "Won't you be my homosexual husband?" and is spoken by former J.D.'s editor and current filmmaker Bruce LaBruce (link NSFW!), a very funny guy (who I think might be gay).

Anyway, there are many other mistakes in the FCC's version of my lyrics. I don't even remember all the lyrics - I ad-libbed a bunch of them. Plus that song was written almost 20 years ago.

Oy, I need a nap.

Posted by benweasel at 04:11 PM

I don't see the lyrics any offensive.

Posted by: David Siañez at March 9, 2007 06:37 PM

Beat-me-leather fag. That's just classic.

Posted by: Luke Phillips at March 9, 2007 07:43 PM

shut the christian class!

Posted by: matteo at March 10, 2007 12:37 AM

Nice blog you have here. I grew up in Dodgeville which is just west of Madison. I don't miss that snow at all.

Posted by: Rich at March 10, 2007 08:02 AM

Let me just say: I wanna be a homosexual IS just sooo punk rock. :) I hadn't even HAD sex of any description when I first heard it, and I still had to get a SW tattoo. Why is the the Christians complain about pseudo dodgy lyrics while the Muslims bypass the complaint phase, lay down a fatwa on the offending artist and probably send a couple of mock fingers to the radio station? Probably. Actually, I don't know where that argument's even going. I apologise. 'Democracy' eh? Haha, case in point - my friend sings 'Racist Society': "Did you know it's the jews that run the world, and all black men are criminals." You'd have to remortgage the house to pay off that one. :)

Posted by: Nadz at March 10, 2007 08:38 AM

Althouse is a pretty good blog most of the time. I was really shocked when she said she had a bunch of your records at home, but I guess they belonged to her kid. Hopefully she'll give them a spin and dig them too.

Posted by: Josh Chord at March 10, 2007 01:45 PM

Ugh. They fucked up, "'cause it's the straight in straight edge, that makes me wanna drink a beer and be a faggot..."

That's my favorite line. Though, they probably didn't know what Straight Edge was at that time. I don't think the MTV/VH1 documentaries on it were released by 1992.

Posted by: cusack at March 12, 2007 11:23 AM

I hear your coming to Bmore in July?

Posted by: Ryan at March 12, 2007 12:17 PM

The mere thought of Ben Weasel and John Pierson (clearing his very capable thespian voice)calling on TV and radio stations brings a tear to my eye.

Ever since You placed Ann Althouse on your daily reading list, I have read it and felt a little smarter.

Posted by: Resident Jason at March 12, 2007 12:51 PM

About a decade or so ago when I was in junior high I could have sworn there was a line in that song that said, "I don't care 'cause it's the straight in straight edge that makes me wanna drink a beer and beat up Danzig... and be a homo..."

I figured out you were saying "pansy" a year or so later, but anytime I hear that song I always think of a limp-wristed gay stereotype beating the crap out of Danzig and it never fails to brings a smile to my face.

Posted by: Shotzi at March 13, 2007 06:07 AM