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I Blew Up The Clinic Real Good

Posted by NT Wrong on May 31, 2008

I like this song. From 1987, Steve Taylor, ‘I Blew Up the Clinic Real Good’.

“A very incendiary song indeed. Reasonable people on both sides of the abortion debate could argue that this was not a song that needed to be written, but it was the unreasonable ones who made the most noise: The director of an abortion clinic in San Diego threatened a lawsuit against a video show that aired the “Clinic” clip, and when I called her at the show’s request to explain that it was satire, she was so whining and obnoxious that I ended up giving her an earful of what I thought of her profession, then begged her to sue me. Australian TV’s version of Geraldo Rivera did a story on me prior to a national tour there, claiming I was advocating blowing up abortion clinics–the story got picked up by all the major newspapers and eventually forced cancellation of most of the tour (forever dispelling the show biz dictum “all press is good press”). I even spent an hour on the phone with an elderly bookstore owner in Arizona–he’d pulled the album because he thought it was wrong to blow up abortion clinics, and I congratulated him on his integrity in choosing principle over commerce before gently explaining to him the song’s satirical intent. So what happened? It all seemed obvious to me–the flashing neon lyric in the middle of the song that says, “the end don’t justify the means anytime.” What better example to use than a clinic bomber (except perhaps the nutcases that are now shooting abortionists?)”
– Steve Taylor, Now The Truth Can Be Told Insert Booklet, August 23rd, 1994


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