Land of Confusion May 26, 2015Posted by Sobek in News.
[Please note, the following is not a post. That should be obvious, because IB was shut down like four months ago or something. So whatever you’re about to read, it is certainly not a post.]
Not too long ago, I was listening to the radio, and I heard the song Land of Confusion, by Genesis. Here’s a reminder, in case you have a brain condition that keeps you from remembering awesome things:
Now I’ve always liked that song. I like it even though the video makes it perfectly clear that Phil Collins et alia are a bunch of Commie Nazis who need to go back to whatever country they came from (Soviet Germany? Something like that). I like it because it’s a great tune, and I can usually ignore stupidity from movies and music. And Collins’ idiocy is easier to laugh away in retrospect, knowing that Reagan never nuked anyone (nope, Democrats still own that distinction). Also, those puppets are hilarious.
Also also, and here we’re getting to the whole reason I’m typing this, I’m charmed by Collins singing, in 1986, “I won’t be coming home tonight/my generation will put it right/we’re not just making promises/we know we’ll never keep.” Hah hah you poor, naive mutant. There’s no way you could have possibly known, in 1986, that the hippie movement was completely discredited and no one believed that We Are The World crap anymore (exception: the people who sang “We Are the World” in 1985). It’s the same reason I don’t get too bothered by ’60s music. Sure, it was dangerously naive and stupid, but hippies can’t be blamed for hipping, so whatever.
But that’s not where this non-post ends, good chums. No, because in 2005, post-grunge rock outfit Disturbed made a cover of the song. I actually kinda like that one, too, in spite of the fact that Disturbed is pretty much useless, because even though it’s Disturbed doing the cover, at least they’re doing “Land of Confusion,” so there’s at least one point in their favor.
For comparison purposes:
As lenient as I’m willing to be with Phil Collins failing to realize he wrote his song 20 years too late, it’s much harder to be forgiving towards Disturbed. Not only was their cover about ten years too late, the laughable line “my generation will put it right” is forty years behind the times. Phil Collins’ generation didn’t fix squat. You mean to tell me, whoever is the lead singer for Disturbed (I’m not going to look up the dude’s name), that your generation is finally going to figure it out? No. Your generation listens, inexplicably, to bands like Disturbed. They vote for idiots like Obama. They’re not going to fix anything. Certainly not through some naive idea that a catchy song can get monstrous tyrants to change their minds about bloodthirstiness or tyranny.