Jim Trainer

I HATE ROCK AND ROLL: 4 Years of Killing for What

In Uncategorized on January 31, 2011 at 9:44 am

reprinted from the Philadelphia IMC Wire March 2007

a dark wind blows
the government is corrupt.
And we’re on so many drugs
With the radio on and the curtains drawnDead Flag Blues
GODSPEEDYOUBLACKEMPEROR

4 years and over 3000 Americans dead. 7 as recently as Sunday.
What have we learned?
I have learned to be increasingly apathetic and accept when the man on my TV tells me that this is a great band.
It got too weird for one of the greatest intelligences of our time in the last four years. Dr. Hunter Stockton Thompson checked out on February 20, 2004, killed by a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
We’ve seen the country go from ignorant (RED) and jaded (BLUE) to unanimous in opposition to this “war”.
The fact is our standard of living and our quality of life will remain unchanged and will not improve no matter what happens in this white man’s imperialist war. I’m still gonna have to make ends meet in trouble city while suffering this cheap and meaningless culture. I’m still gonna have to cough up the $20 to put in my tank and listen to a meaningless jive-talking band like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and be told that they’re great.
Just like I’m gonna have to report to the bossman, “Yessuh. Oh yessuh.” And he’s gonna have to report to his bossman, and all the way to the top Big Boss Man.

4 years ago I was living in an apartment in West Philly and djing for RadioVolta and WKDU. I was writing articles and attending protests. I traveled more than a couple hundred miles to stand in front of a classroom full of college kids w/ a copy of the Philadelphia Independent and ask, “Who here has seen this headline?”(WAR KILLS PEOPLE, the Philadelphia Independent APRIL 2003). Since then we’ve witnessed the death of this independent publication and the so called death of radio. We’ve lost our voice and the right to use it.

I’ve taken out 4 bands in the last 4 years. I remember my bout of optimism on election night in November 04 after returning home from a month on the road w/the Incredible String Band.
My final letdown and the ultimate slide into apathy and dread happened that same night.
Then it was like being awakened to an increasing hostility here at home.  I was out on the road w/brutal Crowbar the following summer when hope’s corpse was kicked around for one last round of abuse and the defiling of anything resembling good feelings about where this country is headed. Tommy Lasko was murdered in Ybor City on that tour and Dimebag Daryl Abbott was murdered by a schizophrenic discharged Marine named Nathan Gale the December previous.

Tour ended with me sleeping beneath Dime’s pool table at his wife’s house in Fort Worth before making the slow, begrudgingly patriotic death march home on July 4, 2005.  There were no lights on the trailer, the van was full of angry, road-worn metal dudes and the highways were lined with State Troopers.

And things only got worse.
We are no safer now. Abroad. In our own country.
4 years later.

While Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has admitted to masterminding the thing that set the war machine turning while confined in a torturous prison, our death toll has exceeded those killed on September 11, 2001 and Osama Bin Laden is still at large while his buddy George is still in control over here.
W sits out his final years as a lame duck and to me, he looks unaffected by the whole thing.   He looks as young and dumb as a frat boy whose been jamming to the Peppers w/the eyes of a confused mule.

I felt briefly invigorated by the Dems taking over the Senate this last November, sobering up out on the road w/Alexa Ray Joel. W/my new laptop and camera phone, cigarettes and cough syrup and cable TV I felt again the glimmering of hope w/in me. The rousing of a journalists voice, why, the ghost of the good doctor even, out there on some black rainy highway night outside my hotel window in Providence, RI.

A resolution to put an end to the war lost 48/50 last week and prior to the vote Yahoo News Page reported that:

“House GOP Leader John Boehner of Ohio issued a statement that said Democrats shouldn’t count on any help passing their legislation.”Republicans will continue to stand united in this debate, and will oppose efforts by Democrats to undermine the ability of General Petraeus and our troops to achieve victory in the Global War on Terror,” he said.”

I think the real “terror” is that the freedom we’re protecting is paltry, getting worse and not even worth fighting for. I think bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers should be tried for crimes against humanity b/c they’ve done nothing but help keep us inured, bored, and satiated w/vapid lullabies and apathetic whimsy.
And it’s all a part of this empire we are fighting and sending our sons and daughters to die for.

If I remember correctly I was stowed away in a Philadelphia blizzard watching the TV as our Commander in Chief alerted Americans that we would be going to war back in 2003.
I had no idea that the terror was right here at home and the war we would be fighting for the next 4 years would a fight for the freedom to live behind a wall of TV’s and that they think I’m gonna buy their cheap version of our rock and roll and like it.

I didn’t think the media could stoop so low
And become so irrelevant to me.
Killing and getting killed to live in a bubble where the stupid and violent rule listening to these bands who don’t have anything to SAY godamnit.
Alright
Neither do I.

“I’m sentimental, if you know what I mean
I love the country but I can’t stand the scene.
And I’m neither left or right
I’m just staying home tonight”-Leonard Cohen “Democracy”

Happy Anniversary Mr. President, and congratulations to the Red Hot Chili Peppers for winning the Grammy.

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    I wrote this 6 years ago, on the 4th Anniversary of the U.S.’ Invasion of Iraq, for the Philadelphia IMC’s Wire. There is still so much work to be done.

    Best,
    Jim Trainer

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