Friday, August 17, 2012
IF THIS IS THE ANSWER, THE QUESTION MUST HAVE BEEN AWESOME
So I came to a realization, which is personal in nature and not really anything to do with movies, but bear with me. It is this: Die Antwoord (Afrikaans for "The Answer") are playing a gig tonight here in Brooklyn. And I could totally go. And I'm a smidge obsessed with their music at the moment (and with them; I've been taking Google Maps street view tours of Cape Town, for fuck's sake). But I'm not going. And I know for an absolute fact that I'm not going to feel any particular disappointment at not being there.
Why? Because, as the great bard Roger Murtaugh put it so eloquently, I'm getting too old for this shit. By "this shit" I mean going to a gig that's probably not going to start til late as all hell with a bunch of people on drugs, while not on said drugs myself, to see a couple meth-head-looking South African Martians. Which is unfair, because although they do look like they come from the Afrikaans-speaking neighborhood on Mars, it's in a good way mostly. And there was a time when I'd be right up there at front, out of my mind on something expensive, mangling the lyrics at the top of my lungs, and it'd be great. Now, though, I think I'm happier staying at home and watching that video on repeat a couple zillion more times. And I'm okay with this.
Anyway. I guess the relevance of this is that my criticism might be colored by a more measured, contemplative quality than it would have been in my run-around-Williamsburg-in-the-middle-of-the-night-headless-insomniac-chicken days. If we're being real, I was just looking for an excuse to post that video. And this one:
Man they're fucking crazy.