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Every day, cornerstones of human dignity are chiseled away by some corporate, political and/or religious interest. As these interests compete with each other to collect followers and receive declarations, the resulting conflict in the individual as he/she engages in society has bred an existential malaise that has the potential to subordinate the earth like the Nothing almost did in The Never Ending Story.

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Because of this, bands continue to make uninspired, pretentious bullshit. Here I must thank Athlete for Vehicles and Animals, their distilled and exceedingly mediocre contribution to the quagmire of our already insipidly wayward society. I'm sure life in London is great, but I would rather hear about it from the Clash or Elvis Costello. The Oasis-on-Quaaludes-in-the-Digital-Age thing just sounds boring and contrived.

Should the soundtrack of our lives, then, include puppet bands as uninspired and pretentious as the dream of fast cash and rock-star status that lured so many into mediocrity? I'll let you decide. But I think it should sound a lot like whatever wine-stained carpets, dandelions creeping through sidewalk cracks and sweat sounds like. You know, those unpredictable sounds, those moments of revolution.

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