California Über Alles Redux
When the Dead Kennedys wrote, recorded and released the single “California Über Alles,” a nasty litte ditty about hippies’ more fascist tendencies (and the irrational fear of the same), Jerry Brown was governor. And when singer-songwriter Richard McGraw released his cover version (a B-side from his excellent album Popular Music) earlier this month Jerry Brown, of course, sat once again in the Governor’s mansion.
Despite what some might call dated references to the “suede-denim secret police” McGraw manages to make the song seem timeless with little more than a guitar and a Roland. And fans of fat now staring down the barrel of a statewide foie gras ban might relate to the line “Zen Fascists will control you.”