Monday, May 18, 2009

Clockwork Orange People

Yesterday, I overheard a snippet of conversation from a small group of about four young, white, ostensibly middle class males standing on the street together. They were late teens or early-twentysomethings with short hair and scruffy faces, a couple of whom had skateboards.

One of them said, "There are two kinds of people in the world, Scarface people and Clockwork Orange people. I am a Clockwork Orange person."

Ladies and gentlemen, the ultraviolence is now so integrated into popular culture that young men delineate the world between narco-gangster violence and nihilo-dandy gangster violence. But it's all gangster, all the time. This is the Grand Theft Auto generation talking. What could this guy have possibly meant? I do see a strange connection between the two films (not assuming he was referring to Anthony Burgess's novel). Both describe post-Communist renegades of capitalist society: one a refugee from Castro's totalitarian "Caribbean people's paradise," and the other a Russian-damaged thug for Beethoven (an icon of the West). I wish now I had asked the guy if he'd ever listened to The Adicts or Mad Parade, since they were obviously Clockwork Orange people, too. I think he might have appreciated it. Or he might have shot me.

2 comments:

Henry said...

That makes Beatles person or Elvis person seem so quaint and safe. Viva la apocalypse!

Eric said...

Good stuff Damon.
I guess John Bonham fancied himself "A Clockwork Orange" person too.
He @ one point was dressing the part of a Drooge ala white boiler suit, bowler hat,doc martens for his onstage outfit in the mid seventies.