In 1968, Austrian philosopher Ivan Illich gave an address to middle class American students on a mission service in Mexico about the hypocrisy of their charity, with a speech he called “To Hell With Good Intentions.” Illich was known for his often sarcastic, but clearly angry tone. That’s also a damned good description for the music of Mclusky. While it’s possible the members of Mclusky could be unfamiliar with the work of Ivan Illich, lines in their ferocious classic of the same name as Illich’s speech like “My love is bigger than your love” are fitting for the imposed benevolence of America’s middle class on poverty in other countries that pissed Illich off. As the old saying goes, the path to Hell is paved with good intentions. Mclusky and Ivan Illich would surely agree that we’re all going straight to Hell.
[Album: McLusky Do Dallas]