Saturday, August 1, 2009

2002 : 44 "Baby, I'm an Anarchist!" by Against Me!

Party like Seattle '99? Is that nostalgia on your shirt? Baby, I'm an Anarchist!, Against Me!'s 2002 anarcroon lament for love lost lives on the album Reinventing Axl Rose. It's a hell of a transfusion, but if Tom Gabel's muscular voice can't handle it, Axl's surely fucked. Wikipedia calls this folk punk. But punk is always about the folk. However produced, it still feels basement DIY. A kind of shared wit, like being in on the joke because you're in on the moment, you feel kinda clever, a bit cool. Like Tom and co wouldn't give a shit if you climbed on stage and shared the mic. And while the album (however generally uptempo) is about loss—love, political naivete, axl, our axl—the songs kinda feel like we're all gonna get through this. That's a bit funny, a bit banal, and maybe just what we needed.

Justin Timberdrake

Listen: Against Me! >> "Baby, I'm an Anarchist!"

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