So TV-news footage of ex-Velvet Underground drummer Moe Tucker bemoaning our march toward socialism at a Tea Party rally surfaced online recently, triggering much dismay and “All Tomorrow’s Tea Parties” pun warfare. Our good friends at the Riverfront Times in St. Louis tracked Tucker down at her south Georgia home and conducted a remarkable email interview, assuming that she’d care to elaborate. She would, in fact.
So here’s the full Riverfront Times/Moe Tucker interview. Highlights from this disconcerting little chat: Her reminisces about her Long Island upbringing (“There were no food stamps, no Medicaid, no welfare. If you were poor, you were poor. You didn’t have a TV, you didn’t have five pairs of shoes, you didn’t have Levi’s, you didn’t have a phone; you ate Spam, hot dogs and spaghetti. We all survived!”), her thoughts on Bloomberg’s war on salt (“screw you, pal!”), some anti-pork venom (“It drives me nuts to see that X millions are being allocated to build a turtle tunnel, a donkey museum, a salamander crossing, etc, etc, etc.”), some cautionary words for those looking to pigeonhole her (“Anyone who thinks I’m crazy about Sarah Palin, Bush, etc. has made quite the presumption. I have voted Democrat all my life, until I started listening to what Obama was promising and started wondering how the hell will this utopian dream land be paid for?”), and, yes, the assertion that “anyone who knows me knows that I’m not a fool, a racist, a Nazi. Anyone who knows me knows I’m afraid of flying, afraid of bugs, but not afraid to say what I think.” No, she is certainly not.