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  • Re: what are you listening to ?

    Originally posted by TomServo View Post
    One of the greatest singers of all time, and an angel if there ever was one on this earth...
    You are being ironic, yes?

    From a time before whiny look-at-me-while-I-complain-about-all-these-people-looking-at-me-and-my-problems songs.

    Plenipotentiary meow!


    • Re: what are you listening to ?

      Originally posted by bell-the-cat View Post
      You are being ironic, yes?

      It's a line uttered by James Franco in this film:


      • Re: what are you listening to ?

        Positive vibes, positive taught


        • Re: what are you listening to ?

          Like the words in this song

          B0zkurt Hunter


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            Armenian Weekly On-Line
            April 5-11, 2003

            MTV Bans System of a Down Video Because of Iraq War

            By Jason Sohigian

            WATERTOWN, MA--In an internal memo from its Broadcast Standards
            Manager, MTV Europe has banned the showing of a new System of a Down
            music video, describing it as an "anti-war video containing facts and
            figures about, amongst other things, the projected casualties in the
            war in Iraq." A number of European countries have expressed their
            opposition to the US-led war in Iraq, and public opinion in those
            countries has openly supported this view, leading to heightened
            sensitivities about expressing anti-war sentiments.

            The memo, "Recommendations for the scheduling and content of videos and
            programs," also bans videos by a number of other mainstream artists,
            citing the outbreak of the Iraq war. The memo was made available on the
            Web site,, which calls itself "The Internet's largest
            collection of corporate memos and internal communication."

            "Obviously, there will be heightened public sensitivity to
            representations of war, soldiers, bombing, destruction of buildings,
            and public unrest at home," began the memo. "The ITC Program Code [the
            Independent Television Commission is the regulatory body for commercial
            television in England] requires us not to broadcast material which
            offends against good taste or is offensive to public feeling. We
            therefore recommend that videos featuring the following are not shown
            at the moment: war, soldiers, war planes, bombs, missiles, riots and
            social unrest, executions, other obviously sensitive material."

            The System of a Down video, "Boom!" was directed by Michael Moore, and
            these artists have been well-known for infusing political themes in
            their work. The group has also been instrumental in raising awareness
            among their fans of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 and its ongoing
            denial by Turkey. In addition to a link to the Web site of the Armenian
            National Committee of America (ANCA), System of a Down sponsored an
            "Axis of Justice" campaign during its concerts, which included
            information on human rights issues including the Genocide.

            Moore's first major hit, his 1989 film "Roger and Me," was a
            documentary chronicling the efforts of General Motors to turn its
            hometown of Flint, Michigan, into a ghost town by closing plants and
            laying off workers. Moore's recent book, Stupid White Men... and Other
            Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation! has surprised even him by
            returning to number one on the New York Times Best-seller List in its
            46th week. His latest film, "Bowling for Columbine," is a humorous and
            horrifying film about America. Moore probes questions such as why
            11,000 people die in America each year as a result of gun violence, and
            what sets the US apart from other countries.

            "The strangest thing about this impending war is that the people--the
            real majority who make up the population of this country and the world-
            -do not truly want to go to war," said Moore. "Watching the news, you
            would never know that millions have been out there proposing a
            different solution--one that does not involve the slaughter of
            innocents. It is these people whom we will give voice to in 'Boom!'"
            Moore also expressed his opposition to the war in his acceptance speech
            for Best Documentary during the otherwise subdued Academy Awards last

            Much of "Boom!" was shot by independent media activists and local
            guerilla filmmakers at the various marches that took place around the
            world on the weekend of February 15--Presidents' Day weekend--in
            Berlin, Cape Town, Rome, Paris, Tokyo, Washington, London, Chicago,
            Oslo, Rio de Janeiro, Croatia, St. Louis, Los Angeles, and Iraq.

            "The possibility of the US going to war with Iraq is an extremely
            personal issue for me because I have family who live there," said
            System of a Down guitarist Daron Malakian. "I visited Iraq when I was a
            teenager, and I can tell you first-hand that the people who I met there
            are really nice, ordinary people who don't want war with us or with
            anyone. So, we'd like to have the 'Boom!' video help change the way
            people think about the solution to our global problems. We want to make
            the idea of dropping bombs, of waging war seem as antiquated and
            ridiculous as it is today for an Afro-American to have to sit at the
            back of the bus."

            "We'd like the 'Boom!' video to represent the importance and the beauty
            of humanity, the desire people have to live in a world without fear,
            without war or the rumors of war," explained vocalist Serj Tankian.

            A spokeswoman for MTV Networks told the New York Times that the memo
            applied only to MTV in Europe. She also said that the videos listed
            were not banned but simply singled out as examples of the kinds of
            videos that it is "advising against showing." She added, however,
            without elaboration, that MTV in the US was also "being responsive to
            the heightened sensitivities of its audience."

            Tankian explained that MTV in England was not showing his band's new
            video, but that MTV in the US was. He also said the music-video network
            MuchMusic in Canada is showing "Boom!" but MuchMusic USA is not.

            Political engagement is not unusual for alternative musicians. System
            of a Down has continued a tradition of activism started by groups like
            Crass and Conflict in England, the Proletariat from Boston, the
            Minutemen from San Pedro, Beefeater from Washington, and Rage Against
            the Machine from Los Angeles.

            After Sept. 11, one of the first musicians to take on an activist role
            was Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, the highly influential 22-year old
            underground band. Moore began compiling little-known articles on world
            events and distributing them to friends.

            Another of his longtime fantasies was to have a label that gave away
            music free. Now, with Chris Habib, Sonic Youth's Webmaster, Moore has
            started his own free music label, Protest Records. The label is giving
            away MP3's on the Internet at

            Eight songs advocating peace or questioning the motives for war are
            currently on the site, including songs by the Beastie Boys and Kathleen
            Hanna, and Moore has been contacted by REM, Zach de la Rocha, and Ian
            MacKaye, who all intend to submit songs.

            The inspiration for the label came when he attended a benefit concert
            and heard a song about the relationship between xxxx Cheney and the
            oil-services company Halliburton.

            "I thought, this is a great protest song, but there are only 100 people
            in this room who are ever going to hear it," Moore said in an article
            in the New York Times about the site.

            Tankian also spoke out immediately after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks
            against the US. In a controversial article titled, "Understanding Oil,"
            he highlighted that "bombing and being bombed are the same things on
            different sides of the fence," that Saddam Hussein was once an ally of
            the US and the CIA, that "terror will multiply if concrete steps are
            not taken to sponsor peace in the Middle East," and that "it is time to
            put our needs for security and survival--achieved only through peace--
            above and beyond profits."

            The article, which was posted on the group's Web site on September 12,
            2001, was removed within two hours because of the controversy it
            attracted. Even talk-show host Howard Stern--who is reactionary in all
            matters except sex--told Tankian to "go back to Armenia" after reading
            it, according to an article in Alternative Press magazine. Like now,
            the topic of oil is completely absent and discouraged from discussions
            of the situation in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere.
            Plenipotentiary meow!


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              Positive vibes, positive taught


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                Positive vibes, positive taught


                • Re: what are you listening to ?

                  Positive vibes, positive taught


                  • Re: what are you listening to ?

                    Oldie but great song
                    Positive vibes, positive taught


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