Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Have I mentioned how much I love Atari Teenage Riot? They are tied for my favorite band, along with The Misfits and Ween. (Click their name to go to my old post, or here, and see the real riot they started in Germany.)

Never have I heard music that incorporates so many aspects of techno — that I could stand hearing more than 2 minutes of.
Never have I heard music that incorporates the energy level of punk — yet doesn’t even have a real guitar!
Never have I heard something so fast and hard-hitting that couldn’t be considered metal, punk … or In The Hall Of The Mountain King (which I’ve moshed to).
Never have I heard music that captures the visceral anger I feel at the way the politics of the world have been treating the people in the world. There’s a lot of bands I listen to that heavily support most of the politics I believe in — D.O.A. and most of NoFX for example — but none of them capture the proper anger level over the situation. The desire to literally destroy all forms of oppression.

I’ve talked about Atari Teenage Riot before, but my RSS feed for their YouTube videos just kicked in, so I wanted to repost a few items of their awesome stuff.

This one I actually hadn’t seen before!!! The video to Sick To Death (lyrics HERE):

Maybe it’s fan-made — since there doens’t seem to be any part where you can see them singing the lyrics — but I’m still grabbing it. Of course, one can always see the same song live:

Too Dead For Me, one of their most aggressive (and thus one of my favorite) songs (lyrics HERE):

[also found here]

Heatwave, another of the top 5 or so most aggressive ATR songs (though I don’t like it as much as the others; maybe I should) (lyrics here, since you wont be able to understand them):

“As I left the supermarket two policeman grabbed me and they said:
‘You’re the cunt that we were waiting for…’
They didn’t need a reason…
They never do…
The state uses violence to keep everything in their order!
We don’t use violence to find a role in this society!
We use violence to beat this society!”

Moving on to something less aggressive (by ATR standard, anyway), here is the video for Destroy 2000 Years Of Culture. Slayer fans may recognize the background riff of the entire song as a slightly cut-up version of the riff 50 seconds into Slayer‘s song Dead Skin Mask. Lyrics here.

And for shits n giggles, here’s ATR member Carl Crack shooting Adolf Hitler, from a commercial for Digital Hardcore Records (13 seconds):

…And a fan-made video done by an Asian couple (?) for the super-aggressive Not Your Business, complete with incorporated lyrics (nice!):

And what are they doing today?
Carl Crack died of a drug overdose. Nic Endo does her own thing. Frontman Alec Empire is still putting out good music — I don’t care for his experimental/jazz+elvis/nintendo stuff, but the aggressive stuff is 75% similar to Atari Teenage Riot. Hanin Elias is doing her own thing too. I don’t like it as much, but still… She’s worth watching, and she’s still angry:

And as for their recording sessions… Well, things are pretty crazy there too…

Anyway… It’s too bad I’ll never get to see them live. (more…)

I asked my parents about some of the crap that went down at the parties they used to host, and these were their responses:

From Mom:

“Well, I definitely commiserate with you. And yes–we stopped having big parties, at least partially because our “guests” didn’t seem to respect the fact that our home was not a playground. Which actually meant that they didn’t respect us. We sort of-kind of tolerated this for a while but, when we got a little older, we cut down and finally stopped having big, blow-out get-togethers.

Carolyn’s right about our toilet being broken. That happened when we lived in an apartment, but it was still our home. I don’t think anybody ever copped to having broken it. There was another incident when a college friend got drunk and fell through our glass coffee table, totally demolishing it. He paid for the replacement, but our enjoyment of these shindigs was already winding down.

I felt a little deja vu-irritation at those parties Britt and Chuck used to throw. People stamping cigarette butts out on their carpets, breaking furniture, spilling wine all over…there’s a point where having fun becomes disrespectful. And it’s even more unacceptable when the people are 30 plus years old…grow up, jerks.

Anyway, I was really sorry to hear about what happened to you guys. And I think you’re in the right to tell everybody how pissed off you are. They all need to know that destructive behavior is abusive and unacceptable–destroying a friend’s property is like slapping them in the face. Unfortunately, it’s not surprising that nobody has admitted blame. Besides not wanting to accept responsibility, they’re probably also humiliated and embarrassed. I just hope that your reaction makes them realize that they need to behave more courteously in the future. The unfortunate thing is that many of your friends are probably innocent people getting stuck in the middle of all this. But isn’t that always the way?”

From Dad:

“yeah, i think a toilet was broken once — cracked the tank part and I’m thinking it was in our rented apartment so it really cost us.

sometimes you know who did it, sometimes you don’t. its the price you pay for having parties….something will always get fucked up. when we had our Christmas party here in this house, someone left the water running in the sink in the master bath and flooded it —- how hard is it to turn off water????? No one was drunk or anything, and these were mostly our “adult” neighbors, so go figure (though a few of them brought their pre-teen kids (suspects!)). Don’t bother blaming people for the shit they do…if you know who did something, just dont invite them again. [Hard to do when I don’t know. -Clint] Chuck’s friends trashed Britt’s house every party and broke stuff, spilled and left stuff, etc. Chris & Britt haven’t had any problems with guests because they have more responsible friends.

It kinda goes with the territory and the “types” of people you associate with. Not putting you down, just some of your “friends”.

Ask yourself, “are they really friends, or just slobs looking for a place to party and trash?” We’ve been down that road too and simply stopped having large parties.”

I don’t want to be the last person in my family to stop having parties. So if shit does down at a party, guests need to expect to face an investigation without getting pissy about it. (more…)