Globo Whip It Good
Author: Jonty Skrufff
Wednesday, 17 October 2007
"You know that scene in the film 'If', where Malcom McDowell is prostrate over some gym equipment getting a savage whooping from the prefects- That was school for Globo.
"For us, 'Whip It' is a love song about two people urging each other to survive all of life's trials and it was Devo's biggest hit," they added.
Their painful revelations coincided with the publication of a lengthy piece on the history of flagellation by US website, Slate, which suggested that 'the purpose of the lash has always been to excite passion, desire, and fantasy - to arouse the imagination.'
'The Allure of the Whip' article also suggested whipping fans do it 'in the service of self-creation, as a route to a more authentic self, as a rejection of norms, as a tribute to the power of theatricality and performance in making a life', to the full approval of Globo.
"All hail the power of theatricality and performance; Globo has always believed in it. We also like how people who like whipping each other have developed such a lofty rationale for it.
"Mel Gibson hit the nail on the head with that kinky Jesus film of his, didn't he- All that whipping, all that pain, all that suffering. Ooh yeah, baby.
"When Devo originally released 'Whip It' in 1980, is was widely thought to be about masturbating and/or S&M...Devo always asserted that the song was about sorting problems out, putting bad experiences behind you, pulling yourself up by your bootstraps. So do we," they said. Tags