People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are “The Advertisers” and they are laughing at you.
You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.
Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.
You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.
I’m back from our mini-tour down south. I’ve had a fab time with lots of adventures but I’m bloody feeling it today & I wasn’t even very rock n roll in terms of partying! I will post about my antics at some point when I can summon the energy…
‘It is quite possibly the most depressing Christmas present ever devised, guaranteed to make you wish the giver had had the imagination and sense of occasion to get you an ironing board cover: thanks to the Good Gifts catalogue, your loved ones can now defray the national debt on your behalf, by making a donation to the Treasury in your name.’
I’m getting myself ready to go to London tomorrow. I will be playing with Paula Darwish & The Country & Eastern Band at Darbucka, Clerkenwell tomorrow (Thu) night & then at Cella Bar @ Sanctuary Cafe, Brighton on Sat night. Get yo asses down there!