PORT OF LONG BEACH, 4 August – Newton’s Laws of Motion: First Law: A body in motion tends to stay in motion. Second Law: An idea in motion tends to go anywhere it flippin well pleases and there’s pretty much no predicting or controlling where that’s gonna be.
Newton’s 2nd Law (VB/CO Edition) had a lighthearted invocation at VB41 – Rock the Casbah today, that had a remarkable, unexpected resonance with it’s much grimmer invocation in the case of The Clash’s Rock the Casbah.
The King told the boogie-men ‘you have to let that rāga drop’
In the Cultural Impact section of the Wikipedia entry for Rock the Casbah they note the irony that this song about fighter pilots refusing the order to drop bombs and playing rock music instead has somehow become a military favorite:
The song was chosen by [United States'] Armed Forces Radio to be the first song broadcast on the service covering the area during Operation Desert Storm. In 2006, the conservative National Review released their list of the top 50 “Conservative Rock Songs,” with “Rock the Casbah” at No. 20, noting its frequent requests during the Iraq War.
In one of the campfire scenes late in the 2007 documentary Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten, a Granada friend states that Strummer wept when he heard that the phrase ‘Rock the Casbah’ was written on an American bomb that was to be detonated on Iraq during the 1991 Gulf War.
Wikipedia further notes: “following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the song was placed on the list of post-9/11 inappropriate titles distributed by Clear Channel.”
In a far lighter invocation of Newton’s 2nd Law of Ideas in Motion, at today’s loosely scripted “clash” the most compelling event was the completely unscripted speedboat death match when Laurel Leavitt with her ridiculously underpowered boat foolishly challenged sweet, innocent, “who me?” speedboat maniac, Red Leader Yordie Sands. So dominant was Sands’ boat that Leavitt’s Team Purple Leader, Monerda Skute, resigned and defected to Sands’ Team Red.
R E L A T E D . M A T E R I A L S
• Hot Summer
• Rock the Casbah / Previz
• Rock the Casbah / Production
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