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September 6, 2004
PE in the Hizzy

public enemy

Last night Liz and I went to Bumbershoot, Seattle's annual Arts, Music, Teenagers and Funnel Cake Festival, to see Public Enemy.

Yeaaaaaah Boyeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

I've always liked PE, for their music, but mostly for their politics. Chuck D has been droppin' science for years and never devolved into the bling-bling gangsta crap that completely dominates hip-hop these days. And now he has his own show on Air America Radio.

On the way into the stadium, I spotted a middle-aged man wearing a George Bush baseball cap. I generally feel like smacking such people, and this time was no different. As usual, I refrained. Instead I just got a little depressed that there are so many people in this country who are so gullible, so completely out of touch with reality, that they support that lying bastard. They actually seem to think he has any interest in making the world a better place.

I felt better, though, when PE launched into a subtle protest song the title of which I can only assume was "Fuck George Bush." It went something like this:

Fuck George Bush!
Fuck George Who?
Fuck George Bush!
Fuck George Who?
He's the son of a baaad man!

Public Enemy recently teamed up with Moby for a single called "Make Love, Fuck War" and this was chanted between every song. The crowd was mostly very enthusiastic about this idea, and I was really enjoying imagining that skinny bush hat wearing white guy somewhere in the crowd.

Other than the political fury, the show was fine, basically a greatest hits set with sound quality that ranged from tolerable to ear-splitting, depending on where you were standing. The cheesesteaks didn't have enough cheese, either.

Good times.


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