Check out an audio interview with Bert McCraken of The Used where he talks about "the failing American system, and anarchy, and anarchism, and Occupy, and what might happen if America continues down its current path."
I hate when people who have no idea what they are talking about do stuff like this. They claim the majority of people are one sided and ignorant but these people are exactly that. My cousin says stuff like "America is failing because blah blah blah" all the time but when i try to discuss his reasoning it comes down to well i heard Ron Paul (I like some of his ideas) say this or i heard (insert stoner friend) say that. I would love to see Bert discuss this with an Economist or someone else who's living comes from knowing how the economy works and then we'll see what Bert actually knows
Because Bert McCracken is first and foremost a politician. I love The Used, but you can just tell they're going down the political route to try and stay relevant. Haven't really listened to the new album. Anyone here like it that have heard it?
It's cool to have opinions (however uneducated they may sound) but it's annoying that he brings them up constantly. He swung the He did not make it 3 minutes into this interview before he hijacked it. The part where he said that he thinks "only a few artists really understand what art is" made me lol.
Have to disagree with those hating on McCraken for doing this. Using music/a fan base as a means to start political discourse is a time-honored at best, infuriating at worst, social tradition. It's part of the arts, to hold up a mirror to the world and offer criticism.
That being said, I haven't listened to this interview, I enjoy two maybe three Used songs, and I would hope that anyone who chooses to listen/write about these topics when they *know* they have fans who care about what they have to say is at least well-researched, and not simply spouting off. Raising the pitchforks at "the system" is cute for about a second - do you offer solutions? Or encourage participation? Or are you just riling up those who might sense frustration with the status quo in hopes they'll buy your records?