In the aftermath of the global financial mortgage-backed security fraud/unavoidable catastrophic necessary-bailout-for-the-rich-but screw-the-poor in 2008, there was of course, great anger and frustration amongst the citizens of the United States.
All that emotion, and all that anger would and should have been directed at the big banks on Wall Street, the Federal Reserve and the Rich arseholes like those theives at Goldman Sachs, who first committed fraud by selling worthless mortgage-backed derivatives and crashed the economy when those assets were found out to be junk. Goldman and the other big, theiving scumbag banksters then took government bailouts to the tune of over $700 billion and claimed a big win for crapitalism by giving their Chief Executive Arse-holes huge bonuses all thanks to the kindness of middle-class American taxpayer, whom they ripped-off to balance their books and preserve their asses.
When all this anger stirred up by the television came to fruition in marches, protests and demonstrations against the government, they were not met with tear gas and police in riot gear (there weren't enough of them to justify that), but instead they were met with the smiling happy face of Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santelli and other bimbos making speeches who decided that these people were all against Big Government helping home-owners and they would call themselves the Tea Party, named after the Boston Tea Party which had something to do with drinking tea and getting fightin' mad against big government...
However, there was already something called The Tea Party.
Singer/Guitarist Jeff Martin, Bass/Keyboardist Stuart Chatwood & Drummer Jeff Burrows created a band they named The Tea Party, not after the Boston Tea Party of the American Revolution, but in reference to the 'beat generation' poets/writers Kerouac, Ginsberg and Burroughs. The idea of the name was to pay homage to the musical undertones of the poems themselves and the poets who often spent time in 'hash sessions', using hashish and sometimes benzedrine to spur the flow of creativity in their minds.
The music of The Tea Party is a blend of rock and progressive ideas, often using a mixture of keyboard and guitar-riffs and special guitar-tunings to give their songs a little bit of an exotic-sounding middle eastern-ish feel. Their songs often take a little inspiration from the bands of the psychedelic era, combining improvisational elements with extended arrangements to create music that took listeners on a journey from beginning to end. This blend of hard-rock, progressive and middle-east/north african vibes has led their music to being described as "Moroccan-Roll" by some reviewers and fans.
All of this would suggest that The Tea Party are truly skilled musicians and indeed they are. Not only are they capable of performing all of these eclectic and wonderful sounds, they are probably one of the best live bands that has ever been, and if you ever get the chance to go see them, you should buy a ticket immediately.
The band and the political movement that took the name tea party have never met in real life. However, the closest they came was via the band's website. The members of the band took the name teaparty.com and bought the website domain name all the way back in 1993 when the internet still was still so slow that many people wondered if it was 'for real'. Needless to say, when most people were using a 56kbps (or even slower) telephone modem to surf the web, there wasn't a whole lot of argument over who should own any given domain name. However, while the band was on an extended hiatus after 2007, this break-up in the group coincided with the rise of that other Tea Party in the USA.
Now, in the year 2014, the unfortunate shared-name right-wing US political group has, to this point, seemingly done little to help or accomplish anything for all those angered voters in the United States. Palin, Cruz, Santelli, Perry and others appear to have all but stopped talking or trying, except in the most superficial sense, to still hold true to the wishes of the most middle of middle-class citizens. And to be brutally honest, these political representatives really couldn't even accomplish the one thing that all of them could agree on: they couldn't stop Mitt Romney from getting the Republican nomination for the president in 2012! Long before that, in 2011, many of these supposed right-wing 'tea party' activists actually joined or took part in the Occupy movement in several cities, suggesting that these people may not have been very well-represented by Sarah Palin or Herman Cain in the first place.
So the moral of this blog is this, when you are contemplating something so profound as listening to The Tea Party, I would suggest that The Tea Party that you really want to give your attention to is not a bunch of politicians that make empty promises under another big banner with meaningless slogans like "Taking Back America". I would instead recommend giving both your listening time and your monetary donations to The Tea Party that is much more respectful of your true needs and sense of self. The Tea Party that takes you on a musical journey to new places, opens your consciousness, enlivens your senses and awakens your spirit, not just your anger. The Tea Party that engages your mind, while giving it the freedom and creativity that it truly desires, and The Tea Party that puts on a great live rock show that rivals the best in the world. For in the end, there really is only one...
Objective opinions of political persons, bankster activities and movements are backed by facts learned mostly from Matt Taibbi's book Griftopia (2010)
The Tea Party can STILL be found at www.teaparty.com
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