Bob Barr may have become Libertarian (as noted in yesterday’s entry, in lieu of a debate this week — this month’s will be on the 22nd), but Kathryn Lopez noted recently that John Taylor of Duran Duran (a band she may well like even more than I do) says he’s become pro-Obama (albeit British).
I hope she doesn’t think I was out to lunch when I wrote that NationalReview.com article that in passing called the band “libertarian.” The video for “New Moon on Monday” was supposedly a conscious anti-Communist statement, and their album Liberty was purportedly a Rand homage. Then again, all that was about two Thatcherific decades ago, and I’ve heard they’ve gotten greener since then — but then, even Canada’s coolest Objectivist rock band, Rush, has gotten greener, I’m told. Who hasn’t gotten greener in the past twenty years, may be the question.
But I don’t need Duran Duran — I’ll see Sonic Youth and the newly-reunited Feelies this Fourth of July down near the Statue of Liberty (now that’s conservatism for punks).
And in the interim, why don’t we all enjoy these fine videos by the Church (“Reptile”) and Peter Murphy with Trent Reznor (“Reptile” — but not the same song). You can disagree about which one is more beautiful, but they’re both pretty cool.
Peter Murphy lives in Turkey, by the way, so it wouldn’t be too hard to start rumors he’s Muslim (yes, he is — and he now refuses to perform old religion-themed songs from his Bauhaus days like “Stigmata Martyr,” apparently).