We Care A Lot

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“We care a lot about disasters, fires, floods and killer bees.
We care a lot about the NASA shuttle falling in the sea.
We care a lot about starvation and the food that Live Aid bought.
We care a lot about disease, baby Rock, Hudson, rock, yeah!

We care a lot about the gamblers and the pushers and the geeks.
We care a lot about the crack and smack and whack that hits the street.
We care a lot about the welfare of all the boys and girls.
We care a lot about you people, cause we’re out to save the world.

YEAH!

And it’s a dirty job but someone’s gotta do it.

We care a lot about the army, navy, air force and marines.
We care a lot about the SF, NY and LAPD.
We care a lot about you people, about your guns.
about the wars you’re fighting, gee that looks like fun.

We care a lot about the Garbage Pail Kids, they never lie.
We care a lot about Transformers cause there’s more than meets the eye.

We care a lot about the little things, the bigger things we top.
We care a lot about you people, yeah, you bet we care a lot.

YEAH!

Well, its a dirty job but someone’s gotta do it.
And it’s a dirty song but someone’s gotta sing it.”

From “We Care A Lot” by Faith No More.

After a totally nuts week at work, I crashed out on our sofa exhausted on Friday night letting the TV feed me whatever rubbish it cared to.  It turned out to be “Alex Zane’s Top 20 Rock Videos” on E4.  Man, there were some awful songs: “Let’s Get Rocked” by Def Leppard; “Rockstar” by Nickelback; anything by The Stereophonics, to name but a few. 

There were actually a couple of classics that took me back to my teenage years: Metallica’s “One” (the video was genuinely one of the first to really make me wake up to the horrors of war); Guns ‘n’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine”; Faith No More’s “Epic” and, more recent contender –  the ever catchy – “All The Small Things” by Blink 182 which was accompanied by a hilarious video.

Despite all of this, the programme made me think.  Some people say that Heavy Metal is the Devil’s music.  I’ve listened to plenty of music which could be described as less than edifying, but not all of that was heavy metal or rock.  I’ve also found a lot of truth in a lot of seemingly weird places over the years.

What was the first song I recall actually making me think about green issues?  Strangely enough it wasn’t some folkie protest singer, but, actually way ahead of a period where environmentalism was embraced it was Nuclear Assault’s “Critical Mass” back in 1989. 

Please watch the You Tube clip below for at least a couple of minutes and, as George Michael once said, “Listen Without Prejudice”.

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1 Response to “We Care A Lot”


  1. 1 brunettekoala March 15, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Totally know what you mean.

    PS Love the photo! hee hee.


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