Archive for June 29, 2016

Rear View Mirror #24: Shape of Things to Come

Okay Geezers — do you remember Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin — the “Yippies”? One of Jerry Rubin’s catch phrases was “Don’t trust anyone over thirty”.

Do you remember that in 1968, the movie “Wild in the Streets” told the story of Max Flatow, a precocious, social miscreant who runs away from home only to emerge seven years later as Max Frost, the world’s most popular entertainer. When a congressman uses Frost as a political ploy to gain the youth vote in his run for the Senate, Frost wills himself into the system, gaining new rights for the young. Eventually, Frost wins the presidency and issues an edict: everyone over 30 is required to live in “paradise camps” where they are forced to ingest LSD.

“Shape of Things to Come” was a single from the film, originally credited to the fictional “Max Frost and the Troopers”. Written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, it peaked at #22 on the US charts in 1968. There is also an instrumental version by Davie Allen and the Arrows.

 

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