Vanilla Ice, Anthrax, Mushroom Clouds, and Ebola

How do you explain your set at a preppie cowboy college bar being followed up by the sound man blasting Vanilla Ice’s song from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at concert volume?  You cant, but the next thing you know, you are in a pitch black van chewing tobacco alone. 

I understand nostalgia up to a point.  It can be a powerful emotion when a song transports you back to a place in time or brings up a strong emotion.  But when something that no one liked in the first place, for good reason, has a bunch of kids pining for a time they weren’t old enough for, you have to ask yourself if the sun is setting on the empire. 

Is the present so fucked that a Vanilla Ice song makes people dream of a era they weren’t even born early enough to enjoy?  Maybe these kids are the canaries in the coal mine.   They can sense the end coming down: Mushroom clouds, anthrax, and ebola, in one giant shitwind turning mankind into nothing but space dust.  It was a good run while it lasted. Go ninja, go ninja, go…

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