Novem­ber 2004

Exclaim! - - SHOTS - JAMES KEAST

STILL STARS

Our cover story about Stars’ Set Your­self on Fire out­lines the phi­los­o­phy that still dom­i­nates the Mon­treal pop band’s ap­proach. “At this point in his­tory,” singer Torquil Camp­bell said, “there could be an ar­gu­ment made that the only real act of protest is go­ing to a town square and set­ting your­self on fire.”

FEAR SEEMS QUAINT

In the “In­side Ex­claim!” editor’s let­ter, I lament the political state of the world on the eve of what I called “the most im­por­tant Amer­i­can elec­tion the world has ever faced,” in which Ge­orge W. Bush would be elected to a sec­ond term. Anti-Bush sen­ti­ment in the mu­sic com­mu­nity was at an all-time high, as was di­vi­sion. One let­ter writer com­mented “I too have a war protest song. It’s called ‘leave pol­i­tics out of art, fuck off and die you hippy cock­suck­ers.’”

WE’RE GOOD WITH THAT CRIT­I­CISM

Af­ter we took a mi­nor swipe at ter­ri­ble writ­ing in Vice, co-founder (now part of “men’s rights ac­tivists” the Proud Boys) Gavin McInnes re­sponded by say­ing it’s “that age-old Cana­dian love of medi­ocrity that hates any­one who moves for­ward.”

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