Stuff the Capitalist (aka KD) Likes: The Band “Against Me”

Who am I?  Who cares?  Good questions.  It’s my site, so I’m going dig in once in a awhile by telling you more about who I am – via a “Stuff I Like” series.  Nothing too serious, just exploring the micro-niche that resides at the base of all of our lives.  Potshots encouraged in the comments.

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East and West could not agree
So their generals gave a call and gathered troops at the border
With guns ready, drawn and aimed
each side was praying to a God 
to bless them with strength and courage
it was in His name that artillery lit the sky on fire
the people sang protest songs to try and stop the soldier’s gun

Protest Songs in a response to Military Aggression
Protest songs to try and stop the soldier’s gun
But the battle raged on……

–White People for Peace, Against Me

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Yep, I’m a moderate republican and the CD this song was on was in my car for almost two years.  Not only was it in my car, but I played it every night for a full year as I took my kids to and from sport practices.  It got engrained in their heads to the point were it showed up in my YouTube music flow recently and guess what?  Both my sons could still sing the chorus to “White People for Peace”:

Protest Songs in a response to Military Aggression
Protest songs to try and stop the soldier’s gun
But the battle raged on…

Life is funny.  We’re fans of the military in casa Dunn and have a lot of pride in our country.  Yet my kids know the words to this chorus?

Let’s back up.  The year is 2007 and Mrs. Capitalist and I went to a Foo Fighters concerts.  Floor general admission meant we got there early and there was a band we never heard of opening up not for the Foos, but for the listed opener – Jimmy Eat World.  It was Against Me.  I liked the music so much I bought the CD and put it in the car.  It got played hundreds of times because music was already moving digital at the time and I didn’t carry a lot of CDs around.

So my kids learned the words.  Not only to WPFP, but to Thrash Unreal, New Wave and Up The Cuts.  I just missed out on “Dad of the Year” in 2008 as a result.  LOL.  

Against Me wasn’t without HR Connections.  In 2012, the lead singer – Tom Gabel – came out as a transgender woman and did a name change to Laura Jane Grace.  The band has continued to tour and produce music, it’s just fronted by Laura Jane instead of Tom.  While I don’t really know much about transgender issues, I can tell you that early exposure to Tom moving to Laura Jane made me pretty open to the transgender conversation.  And yes, knowing all the words to WPFP made me more open to the protecting the very American right to protest.  That’s come in handy recently…

Here’s another lyric set from the CD, from Thrash Unreal:

If she wants to dance and drink all night
Well, there’s no one that can stop her
She’s going till the house lights come up or her stomach spills onto the floor
This night is gonna end when we’re damn well ready for it to be over
 
You get mixed up with the wrong guys
You get messed up on the wrong drugs
Sometimes the party takes you places that you didn’t really plan on going
When people see the track marks on her arm, she knows what they’re thinking
She keeps on working for that minimum
As if a high school education gave you any other options, you know
 
Actually, I always skipped that one with the 7 and 4 year-old Dunn boys in the car.  Gotta have some standards.  #dadoftheyear
 

This post originally appeared on The HR Capitalist
Author: Kris Dunn