1984 or 1984
Once in a great while a blog comes along that is so important, so well written and raises so many powerful questions that is cannot be ignored. This is not one of those blogs. Instead, this blog is so dumb that if you are unfortunate enough to actually make it past this sentence you will actually want to find me, introduce yourself, and then punch me square in the face.
So I was thinking, if in the year 1949 (which was the year that George Orwell’s masterpiece 1984 was released) Van Halen had also released their album 1984 I wonder which would have given the masses the bigger collective chill running down their spines concerning the future? Certainly Orwell’s vision of a totalitarian society that controls not only the behavior but also the thoughts of its citizens is a bleak and pessimistic view of our future but it can also be said that many understood it to be nothing more than a spoof of Stalin’s view of Marxism.
On the other hand, even given the fact that Van Halen’s 1984 featured more keyboards than any of the previous VH albums and would therefore have more given the 1949 listener more to recognize than say something off of Diver Down, let’s be honest, they would have shit their pants thinking that what was pummeling their earlobes was in 35 years going to pass for popular music.
So it comes down to this… what would break their hearts more; Winston denouncing his love for Julia or Eddie Van Halen’s guitar solo on Hot For Teacher? Do you have any idea of what I’m getting at? Do I believe that if I keep asking questions you’ll forget that my premise makes little sense and you have in fact wasted two minutes of your life reading this?