Last month I wrote about how I enjoyed and recommended Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping. Brilliant political theater. You can listen to some of the group’s songs: I’m especially fond of #3 on the media player, “(Shop Enough for) Africa”
But I think their anthem — my favorite anyway — is “The Beyond Song” but it has rolled off the media player. The you in the song seems to be the violent power of corporations and politics to keep us distracted and powerless. (Full lyrics)
When did we start to believe beyond you?
When did the product die on the shelf?
I think you lost us we you said
â€œThere is nothing to life but fear itself, You said – life on earth is a network of terror
and spending keeps the demons in the zoo.â€
Michele Smith, a flutist and lead alto, has it for download at her site. She puts makes the rationale for Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping in a better context than simple anti-consumerism or grandstanding political theater.
“Several years ago I came to the realization that choice of product has become one of the few avenues Americans have to assert their individuality and sense of self.”
Note: they’ll be in suburban Washington for a film festival next month. Hubby and I plan on being there.