“We are the wounded soldiers, we are the refugees…”
Without wanting to risk hyperbole, a part of my childhood has died with this video. You see, The Living End were the first rock band I ever heard, apart from maybe The Beatles. I remember being completely blown away by Prisoner of Society at the ripe old age of seven years old, and becoming completely obsessed and enamoured with the music. Anti-authoritarianism? I didn’t even know what it meant. All I knew is that this band was playing rock music and I wanted more. Sadly, however, I’ve seen them go from respected veteran warhorses of Aussie rock to mild, MOR Triple M-ready corporate rock. This video demonstrates this perfectly.
Firstly, what the hell is up with having the whole “all different kinds of people can be oppressed” angle mixed in with footage of the band? Isn’t that the exact same premise as the John Butler Trio video for Revolution that came out not even six months ago? I think you’ll find that it is literally the same video, except this one isn’t in black and white. Also, could they have picked anything more cliche than the grandfather clock ticking in reverse in time to Andy Strachan‘s bass drum? I’m sure they’re going for some kind of grandiose concept here, but it falls completely flat. I’m not sold on this at all – I can’t believe Craig Finn from The Hold Steady put his name to this shit, even if it was just a co-write. So much for Prisoner of Society – TLE sound like they have a major label telling them exactly what to do, and the fire in their bellies is long gone.