You may have read of Moe Tucker’s political foray during the campaign. The drummer for the Velvet Underground has evidently graduated from teen rebellion to Tea Party rebellion. You can see the news story on a Tea Party event last year wherein Tucker resurfaced. It was the day the music died, as fans of the band learnt that the Maureen Tucker in the news story was indeed Moe the drummer. Last month, Mike Appelstein interviewed Tucker about her turn right: “Moe Tucker of the Velvet Underground Sets the Record Straight.” Tucker states the not so obvious obvious:
No country can provide all things for all citizens. There comes a point where it just isn’t possible, and it’s proven to be a failure everywhere it’s been tried. I am not oblivious to the plight of the poor, but I don’t see any reason/sense to the idea that everyone has to have everything, especially when the economy is so bad. I see that philosophy as merely a ploy to control. . . .
What are your feelings about the online reactions? Many people seem upset or outraged.
I’m stunned that so many people who call themselves liberal yet are completely intolerant. I thought liberals loved everyone: the poor, the immigrant, the gays, the handicapped, the minorities, dogs, cats, all eye colors, all hair colors! Peace, love, bull! Curious they have no tolerance whatsoever for anyone who doesn’t think exactly as they do. You disagree and you’re immediately called a fool, a Nazi, a racist. That’s pretty f’d up!! I would never judge someone based on their political views. Their honesty, integrity, kindness to others, generosity? Yes. Politics? No!
Tucker is remarkably coherent and sensible for a rock star. I suppose that three decades of normal life is good for the soul.
To honor Tucker, here is a silly but charming fan video for the Velvet Underground’s “I’m Sticking with You”: