The Non Sequitur is supposed to be a blog about political media, I know. But I can't let this pass. I was converting some old CD's to MP3 format this evening, and I set about to listening to an old Tool album, Aenima. I'd forgotten how brooding they were and that the lyrics were intermittently profound and stupid. And then I came to "Hooker with a Penis." Here are the lyrics, if you need to read along, but here is the core of the song: it's an argument that you can't blame Tool for being sellouts. The background story is that Maynard, the lead singer, is approached by some kid who accuses him of being a sellout with the latest album, and that the earlier stuff is more authentic:
And in between sips of Coke
He told me that he thought
We were sellin' out
To the man.
Before you point your fingerYou should know thatI'm the manIf I'm the man,Then you're the manAnd He's the man as wellSo you canPoint that fuckin' finger up your ass.
All you know about me is what I've sold you,
I sold out long before you ever even heard my name.
I sold my soul to make a record,
And then you bought one.