Stuff To Hear: VDO as Abbie Hoffman in ‘Steal This Movie’

The day before a pretty big day for me (it has more than twice the significance it should for a VDO fan, but I’ll save that thought for another post), I figured I’d post some pretty rare and pretty angry, funny, passionate & thoughtful stuff, a muse for your ears and mind.

The source of this food for thought is a rare promotional CD from 2000 for ‘Steal This Movie’ called ‘Steal This CD’

I think Robert Greenwald, ‘Steal This Movie”s producer and the one-time neighbor of Anita Hoffman (Abbie Hoffman’s wife who is played by Janeane Garofalo in the film) is responsible for releasing this promotional CD filled with the actual songs from the 1960s that seem to have either inspired covers that are on the commercially available ‘Steal This Movie’ compilation or in the case of Ani Difranco, it has her 2 covers of ‘This Land Is Your Land’ and ‘When I’m Gone’.

The kicker? Some of the cuts from the CD include dialogue from ‘Steal This Movie’, making this a very interesting and unusual disc.

Anyway get ready to listen to some irreverance (lightly salted with a bit of profanity, so listner beware) courtesy of VDO

First up is Anita (Janeane Garofalo) commenting on what Abbie (VDO) did as being ‘guerrilla theater’ which leads into some seriously irreverent hijinks and the disruption of the stock exchange.
Song: ‘Woolly Bully’ Sam The Sham & The Pharoahs (serious San Antonio garage/frat rock)

Then we have Abbie (VDO) discussing who showed up to help (mentally) levitate the Pentagon as a protest against the Vietnam War.
Song: ‘I Ain’t Marching Anymore’ Phil Ochs (folky anti-war protest song)

Finally Abbie Hoffman reviews the 60s with the young people of the 80s (which would be my generation).

To quote Abbie:
“We were reckless, we were silly, arrogant and headstrong. But we were right”.

I’d like to wish VDO a happy 47th birthday one day early…thanks for showing us all how to be reckless, silly, arrogant, headstrong…and absolutely dead-on right.

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