I think it's rather fitting that the first piece I write on here is about what has become a phenomenon I want no part of. Why is that fitting do you ask? It's fitting, because it's ironic, I think Waddy Jones is a musical saviour, a visionary, but this time his vision and my better judgement aren't on the same page. Actually, we're not even in the same book.
I understand that Die Antwoord is a novelty act, I understand that they're poking at a variety of South African cultures and sub-cultures. Waddy has been responsible for some of the most innovative and interesting albums to ever come from SA. Think Max Normal's Songs From a Mall and Contructus Corporation's Ziggurat, those albums were sublime, but his latest bores me.
I've heard these beats before, I've heard him use the timings and rhythms before, I want something new, Waddy has always managed that, all he's managed this time is to use old beats and say "poes" a lot more. One aspect of Die Antwoord that I do like is the fact that they're a flash in the pan, they'll be forgotten in the not too distant future. I believe music should make you feel something when you listen to it, not induce laughter, which is what Die Antwoord does.
His lyrics are still scathing, angry, angsty (please make us a punk record Waddy) and clever as usual, but something feels like it's missing. I would like to see them use the publicity they've gotten from this to best effect. "And what would that be then Rick?" I hear you mumbling, well, make a serious record, conquer the world, make some money and become as famous and successful as I've always wanted you to be. Not too much to ask is it?
What are they "die antwoord" for? No reason that benefits me. But, what are the "die antwoord" to? Waddy's financial struggles and for that sir, I salute you.