KRS-One & R.E.M.
I knew I was late to comment on R.E.M.'s tour with Bruce Springsteen in their latest attempt to influence voters
. Their politics are hardly news so I was going to offer mainly that this is a chance for them to tour with Springsteen, something I don't think they've done before, which has its own prestige as a career highlight among those not soured
by the effort.
Now comes news of some really stupid comments
(and unhelpful clarification
) from KRS-One, with whom R.E.M. recorded "Radio Song" for 1991's "Out of Time" album. R.E.M. can surely wash their hands of this because it's been a long time since they worked together and probably haven't communicated in that time, either. Yet their own words
don't make them look much brighter, frankly, and there's also this issue of the PETA-ELF connection
that they never have commented on.
Getting back to KRS-One, there's a rapper in our area called Ishues
who just got on the tour. It's his first big break but it could turn into a liability for him, too. He may have some tough choices to make.