Tuesday, September 20, 2016

“Jensen” by Cessna Deathwish – A Song Review

     “Network” was a 1976 film that satirized the news media and its ability to affect the public. The character Howard Beale (played by Peter Finch) and his rants (“I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore”) are the most memorable features of the movie. There are other main characters, including Faye Dunaway’s portrayal of the programming director. Still, the Indie band Cessna Deathwish wrote the song “Jensen” about an important yet far less noteworthy character – Arthur Jensen, the chairman of a communications conglomerate.
     In the movie, Jensen lectures Howard Beale about the realities of the international economy. A portion of his explanation is embedded in the Cessna Deathwish song:
  “There are no nations. There are no peoples. There are no Russians. There are no Arabs. There are no Third Worlds. There is no West. There is only one holistic system of systems.” 

     Cessna Deathwish is from Brighton, UK. The members are George McCanna, Alex Cockburn, Dave Harding, and Jack Greenwood.
    “Jensen” by Cessna Deathwish

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