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.


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.