Infamous Taser incident inspires Clash rocker

Thu Apr 24, 2008 5:31am EDT
 
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By Dean Goodman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - One of last year's most infamous Internet sensations, the "Don't tase me, bro!" arrest of an excitable college student, is getting a new lease of life from former Clash rocker Mick Jones.

He told Reuters on Wednesday that he has written a song by that name for his second album with Carbon/Silicon, the band he formed with fellow punk veteran Tony James.

"It's gonna go like this, dun-dun-dun ... Aaaargh!" Jones said backstage at the inaugural NME Awards in Los Angeles, after he received a special honor for his inspirational work and then played two songs with Carbon/Silicon.

Jones, along with millions of people around the world, was entranced by footage showing the subjugation of University of Florida student Andrew Meyer during an appearance by U.S. Sen. John Kerry last September.

Campus police swarmed Meyer when he attempted to ask Kerry a question and dragged him to the back of the venue. Despite his pleas to "Don't tase me, bro," an officer did just that with a stun gun.

The phrase spread like wildfire, appearing on T-shirts and in commercials.

"It was disgusting," Jones said of the police reaction.

The long arm of the law and civil disobedience inspired such Clash tunes as "Police & Thieves" and "White Riot." But in Meyer's case, the band's cover of "I Fought the Law" might be more appropriate.   Continued...

 
<p>Mick Jones, former guitarist and vocalist of English punk rock band The Clash, performs with his new band Carbon/Silicon at the 2008 NME Awards USA at El Rey theatre in Los Angeles April 23, 2008. The awards are given out by New Musical Express, a British weekly music magazine. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>