You Don't Hear Much About the Symbionese These Days

Limited Inc. is urging Britney Spears to read up about Patty Hearst.

Not entirely sure I follow the logic here, but what the hell...Any excuse to post Patti Smith's cover of "Hey Joe" as Symbionese anthem is fine by me:

Being kidnapped by urban guerillas championing a make-believe revolutionary movement as an experience of personal liberation from the Establishment..... In so many ways, this version of the song is the ultimate expression of half-baked 1960s countercultural ideology in its most reductio ad absurdum form.

Then again, that is perfection, of a kind.

April 21, 2008 7:34 PM | | Comments (6)

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Pretentious twaddle, especially the spoken intro. But the idea of slowing the song way down works. But I'll take Jimi Hendrix's version any day. Actually, I would have loved to hear Janis Joplin sing "Hey Joe." Alas, she didn't get around to it before she died.

I am not urging La Brit to rob banks - I think she has more money than the banks - but to gain some distance from her dad, who has practically kidnapped the poor woman and surely doesn't like Spear's latest cd, which actually has some good stuff on it. I imagine that that Louisiana trucker has turned thumbs down on the gay sound.

In the course of her big adventure, Patty Hearst learned how to have fun fun fun outside the family precincts, I believed. Plus, she got rid of the awful Stephen Weed. All I'm sayin' is: Time for Brit to drink, drive and be merry, and fuck the parental guidance at this date. She can learn from Tania's run.

Looming over Britney's head is her Dad's threat to normalize her into a permanent guest star on a forgettable sit com. That can't be the larger purpose of Brit's fame! I refuse to see the naughties living objective correlative hammered into oblivion like that.

Thanks for the explanation. The whole saga constitutes one of the major blindspots in my pop-culture awareness. Other than a commercial with Bob Dole some while back and something involving an extreme haircut, anyway.

Scott
That is a blindspot you can fill whilst in a grocery story checkout line. And in fact, that is how I've started to get interested in Brit - she is like some character in a national romance novel, who you can see fall into and out of peril just by looking at the pictures on the cover of the Star. And really, that is interesting. It is as if we had a real live knight living out one of Malory's tales.

And let me recommend this portfolio piece on the Spears industry.

I had no idea the Britney Industrial Complex was so well capitalized. Amazing. Thanks for passing that along.

This kind of thing makes Adorno look like an optimist.

I'm just reading Gaiman's American Gods (yes, late to the party) & I am imagining Brit sitting next to Technical Boy in the stretch limo.

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