Johnny Cash's last music video is finally finished, and it's a star-studded affair. Some of the stars you know are legit Johnny fans--Iggy, Flea, Woody Harelson, Rick (obviously)...I'm sure all these guys legitimately grew up with Cash tunes playing. But Justin Timberlake? Travis Barker of Blink 182, tha man who's probably most famous for marrying a playmate and then having a terrible reality show about it?
You get the very sad feeling watching it that most of these people (does Kanye really like old-school country?) aren't in the video to pay their final respects, but rather are in the video beacuse Johnny's popular again, and you sure wanna attach your horse to something popular. It's like the way major studios put out art-house movies once a year to prove they're legitimate producers of art and then go back to making Fart House: The Re-Awakening of Boner starring that delightful Jack Black, with a hilarious supporting role by Jimmy Fallon. It's fairly sickening.
But I'm sure every one of them will do an interview with song long-winded interview about how much his music meant to all of them ("Yeah...I mean, totally, if you listen to eary Blink, you can really hear his influence...I'm pretty sure he was big fan of regurgetated dick-jokes and ersatz punk..."), but if they really wanted to indentify with him, maybe they could all start writing a song or two about things that matter. Or better yet, instead of trying to act like they're hard-core and have been to prison, maybe they could actually go meet prisoners, like Mr. Cash so famously did.
Like all people who side with the poor, when they're alive, they're reviled for doing it, and when they're dead, everyone acts like they were with them all along. For some reason, this video rings as hollow as the new sculpture of Martin to be on the national mall.
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