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NOT ANGRY, 'CONCERNED'
It was nice to meet Commie Girl when she took the time to come to our recent Libertarian Party mixer (Commie Girl, Nov. 19). But I'm not sure it was fair to portray many in attendance as "angry." Certainly, there is a high level of concern within the party, and I guess it would be easy for someone satisfied with the status quo to equate concern with anger. Even if we do define the concern as "anger," why is it that anger as a reaction to what government has become is exclusive to Libertarians? Certainly those who claim membership in the Republican Party should be angry that a Republican-led Congress has allowed corporate welfare, taxes and regulations to proliferate on their watch. And shouldn't those who champion civil rights and claim the Democrats as leaders be angry at Democrats who allow statist repression of individual rights? Instead, they all just shrug, willing to sacrifice freedoms in the name of winning some silly Left-Right issue, which in the big picture just goes to show that the real difference between Republicans and Democrats is the flavor of their statism.
Angry or not, at least Libertarians have the courage to raise their voices against politicians who claim the title of Master. If you can't make it to one of our mixers, drop by sometime at www.lpoc.org.Rick Root Westminster
NOT ANGRY, 'NEGATIVE'
I was very surprised to find artists such as Billie Holiday, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello make Buddy Seigal's list of angriest songs ("The All-Time Top 20 Pissed List," Nov. 19). Sure, the chosen songs offer negative connotations and may be angry in context, but there is music far angrier than this. Pick nearly anything by Skinny Puppy, Front 242, NIN or Ministry. I think you could find your Top 20 from these bands alone. I must say I was impressed with your selection of Black 47 and "It's Time to Go"—the lyrics are a powerful opinion of British rule in Northern Ireland!
Whenever someone releases a Top 20 list, there will be those like myself to debate it. I appreciate the effort, but I feel that artists like Holiday, Charles, Dylan and Costello belong on a different Top 20 list—maybe all-time artist? But that's another list, and one that could be disputed! "A" for effort!Joe Woodrow Balboa
NOT AS ANGRY NOW THAT HE'S A CHRISTIAN
I know that every time a publication publishes a list of Best Anything, readers have their own submissions they feel were unduly left out. This one, however, can be nowhere but the top of the angriest-song list. In the late '70s, when KROQ had a guy in the mornings who arranged listeners to call in and scream as loudly as they could, they began to play an angry diatribe of a song by Tonio K., "Hatred." The song began acoustically with softly sung, seemingly sad, broken-hearted lyrics. Then it snuck up on listeners. With the words, "But let me put this another way, okay?" Tonio K. unleashed the most amazing attack on a former girlfriend in song ever.
He later became a Christian and is no longer heard from musically. But when you hear the song, it's clear the world is safer with Tonio K. a man of faith.Dirk Yarborough Santa Ana
NOT ANGRY, JUST YEARNING FOR THE DAYS WHEN THE COPS USED TO HUNT US DOWN AND BEAT US
I agree with Jack Grisham when he says, "Today's punks seem to be playing a part." Today's music is watered-down and overpolished—just like today's punks. Back in the day, if you walked down the street with a mohawk or an earring, you had a very good chance of being beaten up by the cops. Now it's so trendy you see it on the cover of fashion magazines.
Finally, how could you leave the Black Flag song "Revenge" out of "The All-Time Pissed List"? You blew it.Paul Morales Aliso Viejo
NOT ANGRY, JUST DEPRESSED BECAUSE HE EATS TOO MUCH SUGAR
I bought Sugar Ray's 14:59 because I liked a lot of the songs on it. I knew nothing about the band. I was pleasantly surprised, subsequently, to learn they were from Newport Beach—local boys making good. I then saw and very much liked their "Falls Apart" video. To top it off, I bought a Sugar Ray T-shirt off their Web site! Only after all this did I learn that if I were right-thinking (according to your rag and many others), they are a band I should utterly disdain.
I'm still not quite sure why. So I'm on the horns of a dilemma: whether to jump on the critical bandwagon, burn my T-shirt and stop listening to their music; or keep listening to their music and wear my T-shirt, while running the risk of unwittingly running across a group of Weekly staff members, who, upon seeing my T-shirt, will beat the crap out of me. Or try to, anyway.Craig Furnas Corona del Mar