Hear This: Scott Walker’s “The Old Man’s Back in Town” (1969)

Has the kniving, union-bashing, billionaire-pandering, doo-doo face Governor of Wisconsin got you down? Well, here’s another Scott Walker I hope we can all agree with! It’s a track from the artist’s fourth self-titled LP, known as Scott 4, which I recently heard Thom Yorke promote in an interview. Actually, see if you can spot the resembelence to Radiohead’s first hit, “Creep”. And feel free to interpret the abstract lyrics as though they’re spewing from the mad mind of Gov. Walker himself, perched atop his ivory tower! 

The crowds just gathered, their faces turned away
And they queue all day like dragons of disgust

All the women whispering
Wondering just what these young hot-heads want of us

For more on the protests in Madison (and actually for some good points from the other side), check out this recent Fresh Air interview: link


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