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Musical and political confusions

On Sundays my Dad regularly goes hunting around swap-meets looking for just about anything of interest he can find but primarily old computer mag cover discs that might feature content for Microsoft Flight Simulator. A few weeks back we were speaking on the phone, and he mentioned that he’d found a music CD hidden away in a batch of CD-ROMs he’d bought. He’d offered it to my brother Andrew, who wasn’t interested but sugested it might be my kind of thing.

So I asked who it was by. “The Hitler Death Band” came the reply.

I was perplexed. Not least by the existence of a musical act named “The Hitler Death Band”, but also by the concept that my brother might think such an act was my kind of thing. Nonetheless I said I’d take a look at it, because, well, wouldn’t you, Just out of morbid curiosity if nothing else?

He dropped round and bought it over earlier this week. It turned out to be a copy of Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables by the Dead Kennedys.

I have no idea what it says about my Dad’s politics that he could confuse Kennedy and Hitler, and frankly I don’t want to know 🙂

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