My Black Eyed Apocalypse

Black Eyed ApocalypseThe JoeBot writes on Confessions of a CyberCasualty:

Last year, I toured with the Black Eyed Peas on their Japan/Australia run. It was dubbed The E.N.D. World Tour, which was appropriate. The production is a dazzling metaphor for the end of civilization.

As I get older, I frequently find myself forced to compromise my principles — whether ethical or aesthetic — for a higher standard of living. My job is to fly lights, sound, and video — not to judge the artists. My crew chief said this a dozen times. After all, I was paid well, enjoyed fine meals and plush hotel rooms, had fantastic adventures on the streets of Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Melbourne, and Auckland, and I only had to wear a BEP t-shirt one time — when my laundry was dirty. Still, the damage is evident.

I began to absorb the insidious beats and lobotomizing lyrics through constant exposure. To make matters worse, I was born with a hyperactive cerebral sequencer that will sample and loop any catchy tune within a 100′ radius. You hear about nuclear lab technicians who glow green when the lights go out. Well, for months after I came home you could hear “Boom Boom Pow” playing from my head in a quiet room. Just another occupational hazard.

The other roadies exhibited similar symptoms of BEP Syndrome. We made a psychological game of it. (Example: A laser tech walks by, and I croon: “I gotta feeling…” For the next hour, he will be plagued by the song. The only known cure is cranial bludgeoning.)

Of course, the crew had mixed reactions to The E.N.D. of civilization … (Read More)

Joe Allen

Joe Allen is a writer and fellow primate who wonders why we came down from the trees. A lifelong student of religion and science, he's also kept his hands dirty as a land surveyor, communal farm hand, kitchen servant, and for over a decade, by climbing steel as an entertainment rigger. His work appears in various outlets from left to right because he prefers liberty to security.

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3 Comments on "My Black Eyed Apocalypse"

  1. What a ridiculously pretentious “I'm so superior to the pop culture I nevertheless work for” bit of elitist tripe.

    • eastbaygray | Apr 15, 2010 at 9:41 pm |

      What a ridiculously pretentious “I'm so superior to the guy who bothered writing an article and i didn't” bit of elitist tripe.

      obviously, you have never had to work on a music tour, or had a neighbor who's blasted 'let's get retarded' for 3 hours straight…the guy's not allowed to hate the vapid music that creates a paycheck? whatever…

      • Hate the music? Go for it. Come off as a punctilious douche who'll draw a paycheck from it yet rant about he's above it all? Fail.

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