So, in my office at work I have a framed picture of the iconic Velvet Underground “Uptight” poster. There’s a young guy, 22 perhaps, who works in the office and he reminds me of myself at that age: the only thing that matters is music, which he consumes like food. He’s always talking to me about this band or that band he just saw, most of whom I know nothing about. But the kid has an excellent grasp of musical history, so he certainly is not confined to the present. Last week, we both happened to find ourselves outside on a smoke break when he approached me and said, “Hey…you hear about Moe Tucker?” I had heard nothing of note regarding VU’s drummer for some time and, fearing she had passed, breathlessly gasped, “No. What?” He casually replied, “She’s a Tea Partier. The video went viral on You Tube.”
I professed strong reservations and countered that the name Maureen Tucker is rather common and questioned whether THE Maureen Tucker was the one in the video. Much of VU’s outlook could be categorized as Libertarian, but even that is a stretch. It’s more nihlist than anything else. However, upon observing the offending clip (and seeing her Wikipedia page now includes this information http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maureen_Tucker) I’m somewhat at a loss for words. The news clip of Tucker at the rally is linked above. I had to watch it three times — it sure looks like her, but it just doesn’t make sense to me. Wonder what Lou thinks of this. Anyway, Moe comes into the story a little after the 2:30 mark.