What do the spice girls and ossama have in common?
How do record companies invent musical groups for us to adore?
How do the police construct public enemies to be feared and dealt with?
Construction of an identity, or better yet, of an entity How strange
is it when the same adolescents that consume pop groups have converted
themselves into the material of a similar construct.
How funny that this construct has decided to exist and act.
It's interesting to melt these processes down and examine the whole
political weight of the black block from a discographic point of view.
New Kids on the Black Block consider processes of generating an identity
by the production of a full merchandising campaign. Embeded in this
merchandising campaign is the debate regarding tactics and action, the
discourse about violence with its shades of oportunity and oportunism.
In the same (funky, synchronised) move, the NKOTBB propose a change
Where mainstream media marginalizes social movements and brings to the
forefront teen pop groups, we play 'what if' and anticipate our cooption
into the mainstream of coorporate entertainment, pretending we are nothing
but another pop group and not a political subject of any real importance.
Thus where social movements, like those using black block tactics, are
displaced from their position by mainstream media, we try and hitch
a ride in the other direction, from margin to center.
We do this by wearing big pants, harmonizing and dancing in synch. Instead
of bitching, fearful and indignant, about the media spin sorcerers,
we've decided to play their game.
Doing so, we are also constructing a powerful decriminalizing tool.
'Are those those dangerous anarchists we're being warned about?
CALL 'EM WHAT YOU WANT!