Transcendental Bloviation

Politics, Space, Japan

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Competition Idea: Air Guitar vs. Air ... Camera?

Pete Townshend of The Who has weighed into the Fahrenheit 911 controversy. Uh oh. He turned Michael Moore down when asked if they could use "Won't Get Fooled Again" in that film. Then he got turned down when The Who offered use of the song after all, when the movie was almost out. (This was well after Moore decided to use a Neil Young song instead.)
A sometime pro-Iraq-invasion partisan who now has some slight reservations about that adventure, Townshend goes and makes an utter ass of himself. He might as well have screamed "I'm a fading rock-god egomaniac" in the following quote.
"I wish him all the best with the movie, which I know is popular, and which I still haven't seen," Townshend continued. "But he'll have to work very, very hard to convince me that a man with a camera is going to change the world more effectively than a man with a guitar."
Pete, maybe you should have died before you got old.

Curiously, Moore had earlier been asked to do a documentary on The Who, and begged off, saying he had to finish Fahrenheit 911 first. Damn, what's wrong his priorities anyway? Some silly war vs. limning the Greatest Rock Band in the History of the Galaxy?

The next twist in this tale? Who knows? Maybe Moore will teasingly offer to retract this statement:
... this is certainly no way for Pete to show his anger, and frankly it is very embarrassing for him to behave in this manner, as he is the greatest rock star who ever lived.
Then, when quote-time comes, he'll say he didn't mean to insult fans of The Clash, since, after all, in fact ... Joe Strummer is the greatest rock star who ever lived.

Me, I'm holding out for what's-his-name, the drummer in Whitesnake. The camera may be mightier than the guitar, but ... drummers rule, Whitesnake rules, and I'll smash a beermug over your head if you think different.


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