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The Velvet Underground's Moe Tucker is having a party: A tea party

Moe_tucker I got deluged with e-mails this morning from old music biz pals who are (pick one) outraged, depressed or scandalized by the news that Velvet Underground drummer Maureen (Moe) Tucker, an undeniable icon of cool in the 1960s, is now a "tea party" zealot. According to the Huffington Post, whose story is basically a rewrite of a piece from England's Guardian newspaper, a woman identified as Tucker was interviewed on TV earlier this year, complaining that Barack Obama is leading the country toward socialism. (When the Huffington Post reached Tucker at her home in Georgia, she confirmed her identity but wouldn't discuss her political views.)

Of course, in the '60s, pretty much every rock musician was in favor of socialism, not just because he or she was a share-the-wealth style outsider and idealist, but because he figured that at least under socialism he'd get paid some money (under music industry capitalism, virtually all of the moolah went straight into the record company coffers). Still, it comes as a shock to imagine that someone like Tucker, whose band was the epitome of counterculture cool, could now reemerge as an angry protester being quoted as referring to the president as "King Obama," adding that "I have come to believe (not just wonder) that Obama's plan is to destroy American from within."

It's startling, just as it would be for people on the right if a staunch conservative such as former Reagan administration cabinet member Bill Bennett suddenly surfaced, advocating legalizing drugs and raising taxes on the rich. I mean, the horror! I'm sure that the right will embrace Tucker as one of its own, taking great pleasure in seeing such a lefty cult hero having joined the tea party ranks. But if I were a liberal, I wouldn't be so surprised. After all, Tucker fits the tea party profile, being older, white and living in a small town. It turns out that the people who lost faith in the system when they were young are just as likely to lose faith again now.   

Photo: Maureen (Moe) Tucker, second from left, with Velvet Underground members Sterling Morrison, Lou Reed and John Cale. Credit: Gerard Malanga / Polydor Records

 
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"Of course, in the '60s, pretty much every rock musician was in favor of socialism, not just because he or she was a share-the-wealth style outsider and idealist, but because he figured that at least under socialism he'd get paid some money (under music industry capitalism, virtually all of the moolah went straight into the record company coffers)."

Rock musicians were socialists 'cause they thought they'd make more money that way? Huh? WTF? Utter hogswill, this entire paragraph. The writer is just vamping here. Why make things up when the reality is even weirder?

These comments are from someone (Moe) who lives in a small town in Georgia, worked at (and maybe still does) Wal-Mart, was happy when given a whole $1.00 as a Christmas bonus by the Evil Wal-Mart, has a whole passle of out of wedlock kids: In other words, typical Teebagger from below the Mason-Dixon line. She wasn't that cool when she was with the VU and especially after she left them to have more kids, believe me. Ask those who know/knew her.

"Older, white and living in a small town." Patrick, you're a real critical thinker!
Can you say STEREOTYPING!

Poor Andy Warhol must be swiveling in his grave. But, lock step? Did somebody say lock step?? Conservative lock step: Liberal bad! Hup two three four! Intelligence bad! Hup two three four! Highly educated bad! Hup two three four! Liberal bad! Ignorance good! Liberal bad! etc. etc.

I was a huge Velvets fan in the 60's and am still today a big fan of Lou Reed. I am also a fan of the Tea Party. So what's the big deal?

Lou Reed was ,and is cool . Moe who?

Posted by: Tom | October 06, 2010 at 04:48 AM

That's right tom - go and denigrate the little people.

I'm a recent ex-Lefty myself. obama has sold out the country to its corporate interests just as much as Bush did.
What's left?
The Tea Party is the only 3rd choice available now with enough mass to achieve a break with our fake co-opted 2-party system.
Throw them ALL out!

god, you ultra conservatives are stupid.

The becktards are flying low today. We're in for a crappy winter.

This is wonderful. Maybe he wants to endorse a few candidates?

 
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