The Reality of Realpolitik & The Charade of American Democracy (Expensive Shit)


I was reading some entries about life in Lagos, Nigeria, which was home to Fela Kuti.  It is only appropriate to present another one of Fela’s brilliant Afrobeat efforts, Expensive Shit (1975).  Plus, the G20 summit is going on.  Fela, a supporter of the poor, exploited, and oppressed, would have called out the anglo-saxon (yes, this includes Barack Obama since he represents the anglo-saxon elites that still essentially run this country) politicians’ attempts to continue to swindle the underclasses.  At least, Sarkozy called them out and demanded stringent regulations and actual enforcement.  Except for the suits, the picture above looks like it was taken at a summer camp.  Be sure to drink up for the ones who can’t afford it boys.  We both equally need it to hide from the painful reality that the high times aren’t sustainable economically or ecologically.


Expensive Shit is a response from Kuti to the harassment he and his followers faced from the  the military government of Nigeria.  “Expensive Shit” is about an incident in which the police planted a joint on Fela, who swallowed it.  The police held him to wait on the evidence to pass through his system; however, the analysis of his stool revealed no drugs.  Fela had worked with fellow inmates to accomplish this.  Fortunately free, the whole incident still cost him a lot of money, thus “Expensive Shit.”  The second song on the album, “Water Get No Enemy” is laid back and jazzy.

Track Listing:

1. Expensive Shit
2. Water Get No Enemy

3 Responses to “The Reality of Realpolitik & The Charade of American Democracy (Expensive Shit)”

  1. notscarednews Says:

    I have to make it public. It’s suppose to be secret, however most people in Austin, Tx knows about it. The police department has machine that can read your mind. It can also change the way you feel. Sexual impulses, anger, and causing you to feel fear paranoia, basically anyway they would like to feel. This means it can cause a girl or boy to feel sexual. So sexual that they will have sex with strangers. This is just like rape. This is just one crime they commit with this machine. A machine that can read someone’s mind will be used to violate everyones civil rights. Ideas and secrets about company will be stolen by their competition with ease. People will be spied on in there homes, without a warrant. (this means someone will be able to watch you during intimacy without your knowledge.) There are a lot of people all over the United States knowing about this machine and the police department being able to use it. Start thinking about how the government has given the police department a weapon to commit not only one of the biggest civil rights violations of all time, but to commit war crimes such as rape and interrogation without the knowledge of the victim. I know it is hard to believe however if you happen to know someone in the police department, just ask if they have this machine. After that, I would also like people to think about how we are able to get the government to stop letting the police department violate civil rights and commit war crimes against there own citizens.

  2. this guy is making this up

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