Off! to Music Fans: "Get Off the Computer and Go to a Hot Room With Actual Human Beings"
Closing in on 60 years old has done nothing to slow Keith Morris down.
Having founded Black Flag with Greg Ginn in 1976 and then the Circle Jerks when that relationship soured, Morris was behind two seminal outfits that will be synonymous with hardcore punk forever. And now four years into his latest project, the punk supergroup Off!, he's still ripping out new songs, tearing apart scuzzy clubs, and giving shit to the powers that be.
We here at Crossfade recently spoke to 38-year punk veteran. And here's what he had to say about politics, the power of rock 'n' roll, and 21st-century music fans.
Crossfade: I was supposed to interview you in 2005, but that fell apart because of Hurricane Katrina.
Keith Morris: Oh, wow. Hurricane Katrina and all those people that were displaced and had to move out of New Orleans.
You know, good old management from government.
Our wonderful government! We have the best government in the world.
That's what they tell us.
Does that make me a terrorist or unpatriotic because I say that our government is horrible? I live in California and the state of California is one of the largest economies in the world, we're like five or six in the world, just the state of California. We have so much stuff going on here. We have computer valley, porno valley. We have grapes and wineries, walnuts, pistachios. We have marijuana up in the hills.
But another part of our economy, here in Southern California, is the military complex. You know, building helicopters and jets and rockets and guidance systems. Halliburton and all of those people. So consequently, a large portion of our population is working for these people, which is really sad.
All that military stuff is big money.
Yeah, it's like we don't need any more weapons in our military and we don't need to be selling weapons to all these countries. I mean, we go to all these foreign places and we fight and we bomb and we kill, and when we're done, we leave everything behind because it is too expensive to bring it back with us.
Hasn't that been the M.O. since time immemorial?
Oh yeah. I have a question: How do you sleep at night when you're backing stuff like that up?
I wouldn't. But I don't stand to profit from that stuff.