The latest installment of Monday Morning Madness, and very appropriate at present. Quite by accident I came across this melodic, lovely composition that struck me as a cross between an anarchist anthem and an anarchist lullaby. The artist behind it is Jarvis Cocker (Wikipedia page, MySpace page). Once more we see the non-academic, independent usage of the notion of “anthropology,” something discussed earlier here, when at one point Cocker refers to the current system of domination as one that is “anthropologically unjust“. It would be great to have the opportunity to gain a clearer sense of what Cocker means when he sings those words. Otherwise I have already come across a few instances to suggest that it might be possible to research and survey a range of “anthropologies” that are neither academic, professional, nor institutional, but independently devised and deployed if not conceived.
While I think this is a beautiful song, I should warn certain listeners that a part of the female anatomy is repeatedly referenced, using what is commonly considered to be a vulgar term. Some might have a different view and suggest to Cocker that, at least, his song is “anatomically incorrect”. (I am reminded of Secher-Nbiw’s complementary observation that “imperialism makes you a dick”. Bring the two principles together and they might produce a hideous monster child with one office in the Pentagon and the other on Wall St.)
Heard from another angle, the central message of this song, repeated as it is, might end up being the perfect post-Obama, anti-triumphalism song. It is one that might further encourage Obama’s most lucid, critical, grass roots supporters on the left to remember that Obama was, at best, a useful focus/vehicle for gaining organizational momentum and experience, and that maybe it is already time to begin pressing forward, whether through him or without him and his Clintonian regurgitations.
Here is the song, enjoy. Thanks Jarvis.