Clashing with the Security Goons

Ya we say making changes starts in the little things you do
Revolution begins at home but for most of us it ends there too, and
Doing something we’re making changes like changing the brand of crap we buy,
We say it makes a difference but that’s just another lie.

It used to be us and them and you and me.
And now we can’t reach our potential without a common enemy,
A real war to fight against, instead of our petty disagreements,
How can I rationalize my life during wartime lie.

A call to action and a reaction,
Taking our lives in our own hands,
Instead of sitting around and talking about the same old shity bands.

A war is going on right now,
And I’m not doing anything about it,
Without a crowd I’m not so loud,
I can’t do anything by myself,
But that’s just another lie.
— Originally by Pinhead Gunpowder, popularized by Green Day

When I was in the Army (during Gulf War I), troops were motivated by the song “Rock the Casbah” and it was a rare day I didn’t hear The Clash on some soldier’s boombox or on Armed Forces Radio. Today, listening to The Clash can get you busted and questioned for terroristic activities:

24-year-old Harraj Mann played The Clash classic “London Calling” and Led Zep’s “Immigrant Song” through his MP3 player in a taxi on his way to the airport.

Listening to the song’s lyrics, the taxi driver became suspicious and once he had dropped Mann off at Durham airport he alerted authorities.

It’s believed that The Clash lyrics “London calling to faraway towns, now war is declared and battle come down,” and the “Immigrant Song’s” “The hammer of the gods will drive our ships to new lands, to fight the horde, singing and crying: Valhalla I’m coming,” caused the suspicion.

When Mann got onto the plane, take off was delayed and police came on to arrest him. He was then taken into custody and questioned.

Good thing Mann wasn’t listening to the more libertarian Green Day as he’d likely still be incarcerated.

8 Comments
  1. and you thought the RIAA was kidding when they said that if you download music, you download terrorism…

  2. Stopping terrorism (assuming we’re having much of an effect) just isn’t worth this. About only a month ago I heard the immigrant song for the first time and learned how to play it on guitar and drums. It’s a cool little song musically. Lyrically, it sounds like it’s written from the perspective of vikings going to conquer some new land. God help us all.

  3. A while back, The Onion ran a story about the Supreme Court decision that it was legal for cops to pull people over if they had Led Zeppelin bumperstickers on their cars, as Zep fans might be more inclined to partake of illicit fun stuff.

    Now I wonder… maybe it was a premature headline from a fake newspaper.

  4. Keith — I have often found it fairly enlightening to view satirical publications as prophetic tools.

    The Daily Show beats Nostradamus hands down any day of the week.

  5. When you get right down to it, it’s hard to go wrong with Walt Disney products. Wholesome entertainment for the whole family! Up with People! Everyone sing!