mission control to brain police
free love, key energy

penetration (destroys the party)
violation (of a cosmic body)
do you under (stand the problem)
anti-war (is anti-orgasm)

smash the war hypocrisy
mission control key anarchy

liberation (not your sex slave)
domination (will you behave)
see how we be (lieve in nothing)
anti-god (is anti-orgasm)


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    General Commentthe key energy of free love is enveloped with chaos. the erotic is not always soft and pleasant — sometimes it’s an arena of pain and anarchy. That chaos is essential for having a wholistic experience. once again sonic youth is full of remarkably astute observations.
    notyourfiendon June 20, 2009   Link
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    General Commentgothamist.com/2009/06/24/…

    In this interview Thurston talks about how he was inspired by a German film called Eight Miles High. To quote the article:

    German title is The Wild Life, and it's a biopic about this woman Uschi Obermaier. She was a young fashion model in Germany in the '60s, and she sort of ran away to a commune in Berlin that was called Kommune 1, where all these radical hippie commune dwellers walk around nude. It was a big sensation among young people in Germany at that time about this woman coming out of the fashion world and joining forces with this anti-authoritarian, anti-consumerist faction.

    And one of the scenes of the movie is her in bed with her hippie lover and one of the other radicals is in bed with another woman–everybody sort of sleeps together–and he's not able to get it up. Her boyfriend says, "You know what his problem is: he's anti-orgasm." And I thought that was amusing, the politicizing of any sort of fear or repression in one's life, even though they think they're so liberated. So yeah, anti-war. Or "Anti-god is anti-orgasm" is the other line in the song. There are people applying that kind of feeling of arousal to conflict. People lust for war as well as lust for religion and the salvation that it promises.

    notyourfiendon June 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentA little on the obscene side lyrically...the instrumental version "No Garage" doesn't have that, but then it also doesn't have any of that nice noize at the end, which is rather blissful. (You can download a free mp3 of "No Garage" and others at freewebs.com/sonikyouth/…. scroll down 'til you find it. I think No Garage was also a bonus track on Japanese imports of The Eternal.)
    wiggy52on July 31, 2009   Link
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    General Commentby the way, rock on feminism; this is one of the eternal's best songs.
    wiggy52on September 28, 2009   Link
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    General Commentis kim femminist? this woulnd't be the only song she sings which gives me that idea; another being swimsuit issue. interesting...
    FenderPrecisionon November 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentYes, yes, yes! Hell yes! Saying being anti-war is anti-orgasm makes so much sense. We need violence like we need sex. It's human nature and goes together.
    sonic_leaveson June 11, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI think it's supposed to be ironic. I can't image Sonic Youth taking side with pro-war views..
    It's about how war is basically drived out of men's selfish desire. How they justify violance by putting blame on the enemy, just like what's going on in Iraq and Pakistan right now.
    Having orgasm is often linked with the expression 'to die', being out of control, which is what exactly a war is.
    modernechoson June 15, 2009   Link

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