American film composer Danny Elfman used to be a new waver in Oingo Boingo. Their 1981 album, Only A Lad, seems to include song topics meant to offend people. It’s debated whether this quirky paean to capitalism is satire or sincere, but the lyrics are delivered straight. Thus National Review magazine feels it’s a great ideologically conservative tune, though it has also been expropriated for the 2011 Occupy Movement.
The song was used in the documentary expose, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005), and suggests that socialists are lazy and don’t know the meaning and value of work. Instead, people make money so they can have nice lives, and shouldn’t feel guilty for believing in free enterprise.
Do you think the song is a parody or was Danny Elfman really sticking his neck out, especially given he’s neck deep in otherwise liberal Hollywood today?