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News ::
09 May 2001
A concert by local political rockers The Reagan Babies was cut short by organizer's of Sunday's Walk for Hunger due to the groups' onstage comments about event sponsor Raytheons' history of selling illegal weapons of mass destruction to the United States government on civilian targets in Yugoslavia and the Middle East.

> By Dan Burn'em
> In a stunning display of corporate influence, a
>concert by Merrimac valley guerilla rock-n-rollers The Reagan
>>Babies was cut short by event organizers for Project Bread's Walk
>>For Hunger on this past Sunday, May 6th.
>> The group had been warned several times that their
>>comments about the Raytheon Corporation, one of the event's
>>sponsors, were neither appreciated or welcome and that they would
>>be asked to leave if band members continued to comment on the
>>weapons manufacturer's history of sales of illegal weapons of mass
>>destruction to the United States government for use on civilian
>>targets in Yugoslavia and the Middle East.
>> As the group continued to expound upon the irony of
>>Raytheon's participation in such a seemingly humanitarian event,
>>officials running the show began to show their true allegiances
>>and, while the group were in the midst of singing, "This must be
>>1984, 1984!", volunteers in Walk For Hunger t-shirts could be seen
>>frantically unplugging power outlets and cables in a desperate
>>attempt to silence the dissenting band. When the correct power
>>lines were finally disconnected, band members began to pass around
>>a megaphone and sing one final rousing rendition of "raytheon,
>>raytheon, raytheon...merchants of genocide!" to bypassing walkers.
>> When reached for comment, vocalist/guitarist Randy
>>Viscio stated "It was a good thing that they shut us off, cuz we
>> The Reagan Babies are certainly no strangers to
>>controversy-this episode occurs only weeks after the band were
>>publicly chastised by holier-than-thou humorless factions in the
>>progressive movement for allowing a photo of radical heartthrob
>>Tamara Trejo, wearing nothing but a guitar with a sticker that read
>>"Doing My Part To Piss Off The Religious Right", to appear on their
>>new cd, "Growing Up The American Way".The bands official response
>>read "Well, we couldn't find a sticker with the slogan Doing My
>>Part To Piss Off Uptight Sanctimonious Self-Righteous Do-Nothings
>>Who Should Know Better, so we had to work with what we had."
> The band is planning numerous appearances this
>summer in support of the new cd, and can be reached at
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Just a cringe
10 May 2001
The articles on this website are very informative and I'm psyched. However one comment made me cringe and I wondered did anyone else feel a little freaked out? The words "radical hearthrob" is in reference to a potential record cover of a mostly naked girl on the cover of a punk album. I give not a shit about naked people anywhere, but when I hear the 2 aforementioned words, I felt like I was at an MTV Extreme Punk site. I may be paranoid of the media infiltrating every information biway, and turning and new thing into a target marketed phase but sometimes I just can't help to notice. Anywho, maybe let me know what you think, or whatever. Later
to erin
11 May 2001
thank you for your input...the reagan babies have always been an experiment in sarcasm while trying to convey valid points about criminal corporate activity...the words "radical heartthrob" were purely in jest...but i admit, yes, it does sound a little mtv...just be careful not to take us too seriously...eddy