Icing on the Cake

Time for a music break. Proceed with caution if in the office or too seriously into economics to countenance such an outrageous waste of cyberspace. The economic content of what follows is arguably minimal. Arguably, it is not even arguable. As always with music breaks, your mileage may vary. It’s unavoidable. I’m sorry. And I feel your pain. Heteconomist has its own core set of musical influences, and it is virtually inevitable that these expose themselves from time to time. The good news is that it’s always possible to infuse the blog with new influences via the comments section. And, of course, if you choose not to click on the videos, no one will ever be the wiser. Perfect.

If I am interpreting La Roux correctly in the following track (highly unlikely), the powers that be (“he”) want to mess around with the economists “at the Sexotheque”. The rest of us (“she”) would prefer the economists did their job without fear or favor. The economy, after all, remains in pretty bad shape. Received theory, devised mainly down at the Sexotheque, suggests that it’s our fault.

It is sometimes alleged that economists (“Jezebel”) are easy to buy off on Wall Street (“Easy Street”). And it might be thought that when Wall Street gets its way, Main Street (“we”) roll over rather agreeably. It’s possible, I suppose, that the Thompson Twins had other considerations in mind, but doubtful.

The message of this next Duran Duran video should make sense to homo economicus. “When it comes to making money, say, ‘Yes, please. Thank you.'” It makes perfect sense, at least, so long as you don’t question it.

Trouble is, sometimes questioning does occur (yes, I’m looking at The Veronicas). Homo economicus, we assumed you’d never question the purpose of your existence. We assumed it for your own good. Questioning leads to confusion and identity crises. If not careful, you’ll start acquiring grand ideas about yourself. Like you’re human, for instance, and not homo economicus at all.

Humans desire all sorts of irrational things. Fulfillment. Hope. Love. Please. You should have listened to the economists before it was too late. There’ll be no turning back.

After trial and tribulation you might even realize you’re Stephen “Tin Tin” Duffy’s icing on the cake. If many more realize this, the days of the economists could be numbered.


8 thoughts on “Icing on the Cake

  1. Pete

    “The rest of us (‘she’) would prefer the economists did their job **without fear or favor**.”

    That sounds like the closing lines of Andrew Bolt’s show… 🙂

  2. Aaaahhh Peter …. after such a long drought, the music arrives!! Really liked the bass line in Roll Over (Again). The creativity in all of the videos – young people, switched on, wanting to fulfill their hearts. (Sorry, but I have to pass on to you one empty bucket cannot fill another – you have to look inside and fill your own, but from a very large well)! I wish these old fossil economists were as creative. Even Beyonce understands the essence of economics (way better at figures too)!

    I Was Here – pointing to her heart … everybody’s heart.

    “Being human is the greatest accomplishment humanity can achieve” [Prem Pal Rawat]

    Can we get some of these bloody economists and ‘world leaders’ to understand that …..??????

  3. jrbarch & Pete

    “The creativity in all of the videos – young people, switched on, wanting to fulfill their hearts.”

    I myself liked best the last video with the good-looking… — sorry! — creative chicks. 🙂

    I could imagine myself in that video, surrounded by those girls: as my blood pressure goes sky-high, I start giggling nervously, until I have a heart attack and drop dead. 🙁

    Regarding the rest of your comment, jrbarch, luckily I managed to dodge the “being economist” bullet; unfortunately, I couldn’t dodge the “old fossil” one. 🙂

  4. Magpie: “That sounds like the closing lines of Andrew Bolt’s show…”

    OMG. If I’d known that, I might have rephrased so as not to alienate readers with another of my customary right-wing diatribes. 🙂

    Glad you got something out of the ‘icing on the cake’ video. I really like its whole look and choreography.

    jrbarch: “…. after such a long drought, the music arrives!!”

    Valiant efforts behind the scenes were frequently waylaid by there being too many videos to choose from, yet too few actually “on topic” for this particular post and so difficult to identify. (Of course, anything could be interpreted as on topic given sufficient leeway, hence the eventual post.)

    That Thompson Twins sound is still distinctive after all these years. I nearly included another of their tracks but summoned a modicum of self-discipline.

    Thanks for the music link! Enjoyed it and it is very much “on topic”, or at least as much on topic as any of the others.

  5. Pete

    I’m not sure whether the problem lies in your “customary right-wing diatribes” or in my TV-viewing habits.. 🙂

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