… There are in every part of the world men who search. I am not a prisoner of history. I should not seek there for the meaning of my destiny. I should constantly remind myself that the real leap consists in the introduction of invention into existence. In the world through which I travel, I am endlessly creating myself…
The involvement of various subjects was a characteristic of the revolt. Although the people repeatedly gathered under pre-formed identities, new identities arose through the December conflicts and everyday presence on the street: those of the struggling subjects, who meet and act together, creating a new collective We, ready to defend its everyday existence on the streets of the metropolis.
The Coup and Japanther went into the studio one night after a show.
Here’s the video for the baby we made that night: “Long Island Iced Tea, Neat”
From The Coup’s latest album, “Sorry To Bother You”.
Directed/Animated by Kelly Gallagher.
It’s probably the only song on Sorry To Bother You that’s directly related to my experiences with Occupy Oakland. The lyrics are related to the optimism generated by organizing for the General Strike in Oakland and the nights of drinking that ensued.
Two things that should be known:
1. The title is an inside joke. I would never order a Long Island Iced Tea. I like good Bourbon.
2. We stole the drum pattern from Turf Talk’s ‘It’s A Slumper’.”
This is the premiere. Enjoy.
I get really sad when there’s something called resistance or radical whatever and what the story is has to do with some signs & chanting, arguing over percentage points, a discipline of language, the replication of some aesthetic rather than some form of obliteration.