The Circle Jerking Goes On

Seminal punks continue in the great circle of birth, death and self-abuse

That's not typical, and that's not what we're about. You know, we sing songs, and some of the songs contain violent lyrics, but we're just making a statement about things we've seen and trying to put a sarcastic spin on it. I certainly hope a lot of people don't think we're a bunch of conservative, Republican right-wing yo-yos. We've made some statements in the past, and I hope that we've lived those down.

Speaking of which: Why did you endorse Ronald Reagan back in the day?

Um, yes: we're human beings, and we're allowed to make a few mistakes because human beings are known to do that occasionally. And that was a big mistake.

A mistake or a joke?

Well, it turned out to be a joke, but at the time, there were three of us who supported Ronald Reagan and one of us who supported Jimmy Carter, and you know Reagan managed to just fuck things up royally. But you have to learn from your mistakes. That's what this whole thing we're going through is all about—so that in our next lifetime, we don't vote for idiots like Reagan. We don't vote for nitwit-fucking, coke-snorting, beer-guzzling, boozehound, frat-boy Bush types.

Isn't it possible that Reagan's presidency actually helped you guys?

Well, a thing about politics and politicians is that they are really easy targets; it really is easy to point your finger. You know, a lot of people like to complain, but if you look at our voting statistics, the number of people who turn out gets smaller and smaller. I'm really willing to bet that the majority of the people don't care.

Are they lazy?

Yeah, I keep hearing about the revolution: "The revolution is coming," "There's going to be a revolt," "The people are going to overthrow the powers that be." My response to that is, I don't think so—Home Shopping Network is on. I think more people need to get out and vote. I think it has to start somewhere. You have to be a good person, a responsible person. I consider myself a fairly responsible person—you know, I keep my car tuned and recycle all my plastic.

Circle Jerks perform with U.S. Bombs at the House of Blues, 1530 S. Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, (714) 778-BLUE. Fri., 7:30 p.m. $15. All ages.
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