Everybody Loves A Dead Rebel (music video)

On the pros and cons of non-conformance...

As flesh and blood you were all alone.
But, hey, everybody must get stoned.
Now everybody loves you, dead rebel!

Now that we've snuffed out your lamp,
it's safe to put your face on a postage stamp.
Died with rags on your feet in the dirt.
Reborn as the world's most famous t-shirt.

Too red for the white, too white for the red.
But now you're just right, cuz now you're dead.
Everybody loves a dead rebel!

Everybody loves
Everybody loves dead rebels

I'm an artist if I make you dance and romance.
But what if I bring you out of the trance?
Everybody loves a dead rebel!

Baked, boiled, or barbecued,
Sliced, filleted, or wrapped and skewered -
Mmmm...dead rebels!

Line em up, spread em out.
Topped with a little sauerkraut.
Mmmm...dead rebels!

Everybody loves
Everybody loves dead rebels

Running time:

3 minutes 46 seconds

  • Moving images from Internet Archive (http://www.archive.org):
    1. Prelinger Archives: "Design for Dreaming", "Classic commercials", "Making of a Shooter"
    2. Universal Newsreels: "Lumumba Seized..."
    3. "The James Dean Story" and trailer for "Rebel Without A Cause"
    4. VJ loops
    5. Silent films: "Strike"
  • Still images from Wikimedia Commons (http://commons.wikimedia.org)
  • Quotes, in order of appearance:
    • One has to grow hard, without ever losing tenderness. We are fighting against misery, but we are also fighting against alienation.
      --Che Guevara
    • The moment of change is the only poem.
      --Adrienne Rich
    • If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.
      --Lenny Bruce
    • The first step towards reimagining a world that has now gone terribly wrong would be to stop the annihilation of those who have a different imagination.
      --Arundhati Roy
  • Featuring (in order of appearance):
    James Dean, Lenny Bruce, Che Guevara, Rosa Luxemburg, Jim Morrison, Jesus Christ, John Lennon, Bob Marley, Antonin Artaud, Patrice Lumumba, Tupac Shakur, Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Dedan Kimathi, Viet Cong, Mexican revolutionary, Jolo Moros, Hanoi Citadel rebels, Nepal and Indian alleged Maoists, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Huey P. Newton
  • Music is an original work (no rights reserved), based on "Burning Down The House" (Talking Heads).