Young people as Salem

Young people as Salem

“All metaphysicians, from Plato to Rousseau, Descartes to Husserl, have proceeded in this way, conceiving good to be before evil, the positive before the negative, the pure before the impure, the simple before the complex, the essential before the accidental, the imitated before the imitation, etc.” – Jacques Derrida, Limited Inc.

Using this quote as the base for this pseudo-philosphy hour we say that in the timeline of existence of a song called “Better Off Alone” the Salem version of this song is the immitation that had imitated the original Alice DJ version. Going from complex to simple or from impure to pure it is the Salem version that better represents the feeling, the words “Better Off Alone” are not a mere chorus but the blood artery running through the now muddled rhythm. It doesn’t help that the video for the original, Alice DJ’s “Better Off Alone” features a ridiculous man mannequin travelling in a Jeep through a dessert while the female protagonists perform a caricature of belly dancing  to a ridiculously sped up beat. There’s barely anything to actually connect to, for a real person.

Jacques Derrida also once shrewdly remarked in a his seminal text on Metaphysics of Logocentrism, “The remixers become the remix”. To that Jacques Lacan then added: “Gaze. Rape gaze” and let go of a puffet of rich purple dank smoke*. And so today brings us an Alec Empire and Atari Teenage Riot remix of the Salem version of “Better Off Alone” is a muggier, angrier, and a more energetic version. Give it a listen. I read in a press release that it’s only the second remix Atari Teenage Riot have ever done, so that factoid as useless as it is indicates the absolute necessity for the remix as a concept/word in this moment in time (Gasp! Only the second remix!).

Update: And here’s the appropriate “video” to go along with the new song mix:


To note the general mood of the place, with oOoOO’s album Our Loving is Hurting Us and this track it’s quite the somber treat these dark months have been to all of you, huh?

*Those two statements are fabricated

  1. please spare us the continental philosophy bullshit and just give us the music! :)