Tyson Meade, the enigmatic and legendary frontman for the pioneering 80s band DEFENESTRATION and 90s stalwarts the CHAINSAW KITTENS, is back with a new solo album on Detroit's Jett Plastic Recordings.
Robbing the Nuclear Family – Statement by Tyson Meade
“It is not an accident that many homosexuals should show a special preference for sailors, for the sailor on shore is symbolically the innocent god from the sea who is not bound by the law of the land and can therefore do anything without guilt.” - W.H. Auden
“Religion insists we’re sinners and so we’ve become soulful sensualists. The result is the unique, sensual feeling, elegant sensibility of the sexual outlaw.”
- John Rechy
Some of us – the ones who question the world around them – are fringe dwellers, the outcasts of the empire. We question this world because we do not fit into this world. We are the lost astronauts looking for those golden secret moments with shored sailors, unscripted actors in non-existent films.
Me the misfit, a dandy born on a farm in rural Oklahoma, I navigated my way through tractors, baseball, hunting and fishing. Art – Warhol, Rauschenberg, Pollack – and music – the Beatles, Janis Joplin, Bowie, the New York Dolls, Melanie – saved me. Later literature – Jean Genet, John Rechy, Salinger – gave me the affirmation that those around me had seemingly found a place in their Judeo-Christian world in which I never belonged because I am an outcast, a misfit, the boy who hid his Barbies in a dresser drawer in his room. As a child, my best friend from school found them, outed me, damned me.
I was humiliated, cast out into the desert of loneliness. In this loneliness, I developed and embraced my outsider status. Eventually, in high school and college, I found some others on the fringe who played the game of normalcy. I at times even played that game but we knew it to be a game. Nothing mattered. Everything mattered. Rock and roll mattered. Music mattered. Patti Smith mattered. Ramones mattered.
But me, being observant, I saw cracks in the veneer of the nuclear family – extramarital affairs, abuse, alcoholism, madness – because the constraints of the nuclear family are nothing more than a straitjacket to those who question their surroundings, those who don’t fit into those surroundings. These cracks and flaws I embrace as my identity.
My art is dedicated to those other fringe dwellers and friends of fringe dwellers, those who want something beyond reality TV, casino gambling, car payments, 401k, church on Sunday, family portraits on the mantle. We will build new kinds of families. The nuclear family is dead. Long live the dead nuclear family.
I willingly and lovingly now put my life on parade, every crack and blemish proudly metaphorically displayed. I have freed myself from the bondage of judgement of the nuclear family. And me and mine will rage like a fire through the world of bigotry, ignorance, lies, oppression, piety for the sake of piety, unholy holiness.
Thus, I am robbing the nuclear family of their power over me.
We're beyond excited to share the new album by iconic poet/activist and former manager of the MC5, John Sinclair. Mobile Homeland (out 12/30) is the culmination of over fifty years of experience, living in Detroit through downtrodden times, and by bearing witness to the rebirth of the arts. This new album featuring ten of Sinclair's poems with new instrumental backing cements his legacy as a provocateur and innovator in the poetic realm.
Featuring an absolutely stellar all-star cast of Detroit musicians and produced by Tino Gross, this album features Wayne Kramer (MC5), Mary Cobra (Detroit Cobras), Jimmie Bones (Kid Rock), Johnnie Bassett (Legendary Detroit Bluesman), Harmonica Shah, Jeff Grand, Dave McMurray, Johnny "Bee" Badanjek (Detroit, Mitch Ryder, Alice Cooper) and Kenny Olson (Kid Rock), among others.
This is hopefully the first volume of 'Mobile Homeland,' with more volumes planned in the near future. John Sinclair's unique brand of poetry comes across fabulously on this album, and we're beyond proud to partner with Funky D Records and share this with the world!