Pretty much my response to Woodstock memories is “Gosh, can I get my teeth cleaned now?” Usually it’s just a “Meh” and I turn the Ramones up louder.
I’m tired of hearing about how awesome the 60’s were. The old hippies wore out their welcome long ago. They went radical and never came back to reality, now they run our government, or their little buddies do.
The music is for the most part not to my taste, I think the Beatles are over rated and really can’t stand Joan Baez, so I doubt I’m a good judge of the people that actually played at Woodstock. Yeah, I know the Beatles didn’t play.
The culture of war protests embeded itself so deeply in the left they never stop to think about just wars. Like Cindy Sheehan, many think that being nice to Hitlers will get us into peace times.
Mostly what I can’t stand about that generation is the complete navel gazing nature of their conversation. blah blah blah Haight Ashbury blah blah blah Altamont blah blah blah protests….blah.
It doesn’t help that I don’t think much actual good came from the 60’s counter culture movement. I can’t but help to lay the blame for disco directly at the feet of Woodstock. And for that great sin, nothing can repay. Thankfully, Punk Rock and New Wave ripped disco up by the roots and kicked it’s ass for good.
Just for some relief if you are overwhelmed with Woodstockian music this weekend:
First up – the awesome New Order with Ceremony:
Next – The Ramones’ version of the Spiderman Theme song – with CARTOON RAMONES!!!! How so totally rad is that? So.
Lastly, maybe, The Sugarcubes with some Birthday:
(I always secretly loved that awful swan dress of Bjork’s.)
Okay, really, last one. Bow Wow Wow.
Let me just tell you, that guitarist with the mohawk? Love him. Still. So much. Mucho punk rock wanna be hubbas.