Jane Hamsher’s Firedoglake links to one of the oddest anti-war songs going at the moment: a remix by Lou Reed of his “Walk on the Wild Side” that adds a verse about a soldier headed to Iraq in order to feed his family to the song’s litany of Warhol scenesters hustling their way through the streets of New York in the ’70s.
The song is in support of Blue America PAC.
Strangely, it’s not the first NYC rock revival Gulf War 2 statement I’ve heard this week. I caught Suicide’s Alan Vega out at P.S. 1 this Sunday as he played at their Fall opening. (The art space’s current shows — Music is a Better Noise and Defamation of Character in particular — are highly recommended.) Although it differed in melody, Vega played one new song that transplanted the working-man dread of his classic “Frankie Teardrop” to the story of homeless war veteran to depressingly apt affect.