Friday, June 04, 2021

Shock to the System

Cyberzombie Revolutionary

It was a night
Hell of a night, L.A., it really was
Oh what a riot
I said yeah, come on
It makes my life feel real
Fear police and civil corruption oh yeah
Is there a man who would be king
And the world stood still

In 1993 Billy Idol released his fifth album, "Cyberpunk".  Its questionable musical merits and cultural impact aside, it gave us the absolutely bomber song "Shock to the System"... and its slightly cheesy but enjoyable video.

The video's loose storyline is of a civil riot of some kind.  A lone camcorder-wielding man witnesses a group of police beating somebody. When they discover that he's seen them, they badly beat him in turn.  The smashed fragments of his camcorder incorporate themselves into his battered body to produce a lurching technological monstrosity with an enormous camera protruding from one eye socket. Totally not a metaphor for anything...

"It'd sure be weird if everyone could record what's
happening around them at any time..."

This conversion is based on a Khurasan zombie.

"This won't seem so farfetched in 2021, folks."


  1. "Its questionable musical merits and cultural impact aside"

    I sense heresy. But I will overlook it because I'm drooling over your work... again. :D

    1. I haven't given it a good listen lately, I'll admit. This was always my favorite song from it. Apparently it wasn't as popular as it should have been: early net nerds thought it wasn't cyberpunk*enough*, and everyone else wasn't that into the concept.

      Anyway, glad you like this one! Like a lot of ideas that percolate in my mind and then suddenly get done in a few days, I had so much fun with it :)


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  3. Billy Idol had a fascinating career. I only looked into it after his excellent cameo in Mad Dog Time (Also released as Trigger happy) opposite Jeff Goldblum!


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