The name of my blog, "public witness program," comes from a Fugazi song. Before I talk about the song, I will begin by saying that Fugazi was one of those bands that I tried really hard to like when I was about 13 years old. Throughout high school, my favorite band was Minor Threat. I was known locally as Minor Threat Mel and made Minor Threat mixtapes for my friends in high school. It was only a matter of time before Fugazi became one of my favorites. Minor Threat was easily applicable to my high school lifestyle being that I was straight edge and didn't feel like I related to my peers. Their cookie cutter lifestyles of partying and shopping didn't interest me. I was into politics, international affairs and music.
As I became increasingly more active politically, Fugazi's albums became the soundtrack to my junior and senior year of high school. Their emotionally and politically driven songs spoke to me on a level that no other band, neither then nor now, seemed to reach. Fugazi was and is on this pedastal, from the way they manage their music, themselves, write their songs, and make themselves accessible to their public, I can easily say that Fugazi is my favorite band of all time, HANDS DOWN.
Thus, upon making this blog I decided to select "public witness program" as my blog title, the second track on Fugazi's third album. The song itself is fast-driven and punk. I love Ian's voice but Guy really murders the track. Also, I find the lyrics to be applicable to modern society, be it 1993 or 2007. Oftentimes, being a working contributor to society, I often feel like a public witness. I am on the outside of things, and in the same regard I am being watched, as we all are. The lyrics, as well as the song title, are multi-layered. Hence, the title of my blog.
The eyes have it and the eyes always will
The eyes have it and they're watching you still
Public witness charter - look out don't touch
Public witness says he's seeing too much
I like to walk around it
And i'm paid to stand around
Public witness seen it all