Friday, July 5, 2013

Your Friday Clash Song: Killers In America Work Seven Days A Week

A sort of an anti-Fourth of July theme, I suppose. “I’m So Bored With The U.S.A.,” which appears on both the UK and American versions of the band’s debut album, The Clash.
Not to harsh your patriotic vibe, but this verse –
Are always on the TV
’Cause killers in America
Work seven days a week …
Comes to mind when stories like this are so prominent:
With the long Fourth of July weekend not even half over, the toll from violence in Chicago stood at 8 dead and more than 30 wounded this morning, including two little boys, 5 and 7, seriously hurt while at parks with their families.

The victims since Wednesday afternoon also include a 14-year-old boy shot on the West Side, a 16-year-old boy wounded on the South Side and a cabbie shot in the stomach by a robber on the South Side.

The youngest victim so far is 5-year-old Jaden Donald, who was shot in the abdomen and right leg while with his family at a party in Cooper Park on the Far South Side shortly after midnight.
On Thursday night, a 7-year-old boy was hit in the neck by a stray bullet at Cole Park in the 300 block of East 85th Street, police said. He was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center, according to fire officials.

“I’m So Bored With The U.S.A.” is about much more than violence in the United States. It’s about the ubiquitous and, I’m sure, tiresome nature of American pop culture, which crowds out and silences deserving voices from other parts of the world. It’s about our penchant for supporting dictators all over the world, and for being on the wrong side of so many historical conflicts.
But right now, when this is happening in our own streets and we seem powerless to stop it, it’s the song’s reference to our culture of death that resonates loudest.
Killers in America work seven days a week.
Yeah, and they work overtime in the summer.
Well, maybe this’ll help cheer you up. A live version of “I’m So Bored With The U.S.A.” and “Train In Vain”:

Sometimes, in the face of so much death and despair, all you can do is …
Turn. It. Up.

1 comment:

  1. Anybody would think you lived in Oakland. (Although I think this time we got through the 4th with less damage than Chicago did.)