Inspired by song ”We didn’t start the fire” by Billy Joel.
The original tune – Starting from 1949 (the year in which he was born), Billy Joel listed the major events that occurred during that time.
Instead Rebel ACA lists all the technologies and their related cultural developments of the last 10-15 years (rather than events) – As technology seem to be the real definers of the modern age… and catalyst for modern society – In a world of fake news, and Trump…
The tracks starts with : – “Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, no wife, 2 kids, you’re a family man, internet on two screens, fancy cider, organic beans – your this modern father…
Illustrating how much technology drives change, and giving a sense of the bombardment of the modern human condition. And how quickly things move along with few examples of things that have remained constant… except “Air Max, Big Mac and Mac Air still there that’s a fact that’s pedantic” !
And the track builds through the issues and ends with the darker note : – “Toxic debt builds up irresponsibly, quantum easy becomes appealing, un-fucking believing my ears are bleeding… “
The chorus cries out .. (sung by French) – “How many waterholes does it take to quench your thirst at all? Are you sure there’s nothing wrong, when you’re standing on your own, with your phone, John Wayne?”
Harking back to a simpler time, when men were tough and there was little technology running our lives – the chorus illustrates the fact that despite all these material items, we haven’t quenched our thirst, a modern dilemma of capitalism. The more you have, the more you want. And suggests that the guy in the street looking tough and cool, is on his own with his phone… … maybe isn’t as cool or happy as he is trying to project. Surely you don’t need the phone if you were really tough.. .if you were really John Wayne.
The video is an animation illustrates all of these elements simply as they are named.
Rebel ACA and French met nearly 15 years ago, as one managed, and the other produced a funk reggae band. And ever since – their completely opposite nature in almost every way – has kept them attracted, like a nut and ratchet.
They’re real life childhood nicknames happen to be The Bear, and The Wolf. No-one knows or tends to question why, as it would make sense if you met them – but yeah. We don’t know which one is which either.
Rebel ACA (The ACA stands for – Anti-clockwise Attitude… ) when in full (arm) swing – can break anything, and French meanwhile is an absolutely inspired fixer – sometimes with his monkey wrench.
French who sleeps under a harpsichord in his tiny flat with him and his daughter, and the Rebel who never wants to go to sleep – like a young petulant child.
And it would seem that they need each other – as apart from the fact you wouldn’t have this album – the Rebel would have no-one to fix his shit. And French would have not enough to do and would start fixing what wasn’t broke. And we all know how that’s not supposed to be a good idea – at all.