Bring the Noise

Public Enemy one of few bands outspoken on Iraq.

Ahh … as much fun as South by Southwest is, I always think my favorite moment is when it's over and life returns to (somewhat) normal.

A few thoughts: While I'm sure a lot of registrants could give a damn about international politics on their scenester version of spring break, it seemed that this Festival tried their damnedest to drag them there, one way or the other. The most obvious example is the anti-war rally at the Capitol and City Hall on Saturday, commemorating the fourth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. But another, little-noted one was the free show Friday at Auditorium Shores. After running through a blistering opener containing of several of their classics, Public Enemy then segued into "Son of a Bush," complete with the following chant: "Fuck George Bush, Fuck Dick Cheney, Fuck Tony Blair, Fuck Condoleeza!"

Even if the sound wasn't the best, and Chuck D's Howard Cosell vox got winded occasionally, there was still something undeniable about it. Especially since most music is silent, or at best, oblique, about Iraq.

Got something to say? The Chronicle welcomes opinion pieces on any topic from the community. Submit yours now at austinchronicle.com/opinion.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Politics
Fish or Gay Bait
Fish or Gay Bait
Response to D6 candidate Matt Stillwell's least-common-Dem politics

Kate X Messer, Nov. 3, 2014

Frito Pie Surprise!
Frito Pie Surprise!
What's a nice candidate for governor like you doing in a place like this?

Kate X Messer, Oct. 7, 2013

More War & Peace
State and Local Politicians Respond to Soleimani Assassination
Responses to Soleimani Assassination
Officials and candidates comment on killing of Qassem Soleimani

Michael King, Jan. 6, 2020

Afghan Thoughts
Afghan Thoughts
Elections and reconstruction expert Dan Grant discusses the presidential plan

Richard Whittaker, Dec. 23, 2009

More by Wells Dunbar
Top 10 City Council Stories
Top 10 City Council Stories
Dais and months

Jan. 6, 2012

City Hall Hustle: The Hustle Bids Farewell ...
City Hall Hustle: The Hustle Bids Farewell ...
To the beating hearts of a great city

Dec. 30, 2011

KEYWORDS FOR THIS POST

Politics, War & Peace, Public Enemy, Protest

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Behind the scenes at The Austin Chronicle

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle