Jason dropped off school young and yet scored an average of 94.8 when under Bruce's care. He stole Batmobile's tires without triggering an alarm. Solved a case with Bullock's help faster than Bat & Cat could. Sneaked his way to plant a bomb under Batmobile. Was praised by ton of people that was a quick study. Speaks more languages than any other bat. Makes his own weapons and explosives. And people say he is a brawns over brains ? Really ??? He's street smart guys.
He’s more than just ‘street smart’–he’s incredibly intelligent. I kind of feel some people use that term as a cop out or, tbh, classist bullshit.
All of the Robins are intelligent and no one should need to talk around using the label for more than one of them at a time.
[Letter from Richey Edwards to Alistair Fitchett, transcription below]
Sat 12 Jan
“Cut word lines – Cut music lines –
Smash the Control Images – Smash the Control Machine – Burn the
books – Kill the priests – Kill! Kill! Kill!” - William
Thanks for the letter. Pretty
inspiring, after all the tons of bullshit mail we get. It arrived on
Wednesday just as we were about to leave for London (again). At last
someone who understands the Situationists etc. We actually went up to
meet Jamie Reid. Still so full of hate and desire to change. Anyone
who turned a portrait of the Queen in a mass image must be cool.
Popularism. Afterwards we had an age long interview with Sounds. A
definite 2 page article, probable front cover. I don’t feel a
prostitute for appearing in the music papers. Like you said, there is
nothing wrong with HYPE if the goal is not profit. Best of all it’s
not even hype cos the papers ask to talk to us. It’s been so long
since they’ve met an intellectual band. Last night we played a public
school in Surrey and turned the place upside down. The assembled
forces of WEA/EMI/SONY/DEFJAM were all there and none can understand.
That we reject the audience. That we smash our instruments etc. We
celebrate our own obsolete form. That there is no value in production
line product. That for every broken Gibson guitar there is another
one off the shelf tomorrow. Capitalism ruins. Nothing is personal or
of value. They are all so dumb. WAR starts in a few days – the A+R
men accept that; they accept bodybags, amputees, cripples, walking
wounded, but they can’t accept a smashed guitar. On stage we destroy
ourselves, we destroy our form of communication. Cos deep down we
know music is irrelevant to real life. That’s what MOTOWN JUNK is
about. About how music sometimes offers salvation and inspires but
you still gotta face the poverty of work, life, forever. We realized
it a long time ago.
The first verse goes
“Never ever wanted to be with you All
you ever gave was the boredom I suffocate in Adrift in cheap dreams don’t stop the
rain Numbed out in piss towns just wanna dig their graves.”
And that last line sums it up. Here I
am, in a shithole home town and INSPIRAL CARPETS talk about T-shirts
sales in LA. Is that gonna save me??
All our songs offer is NEGATIVITY,
CHAOS, DESPAIR. I realize when you say that we should offer more but
that’s not what we’re about. We wanna create so much hate that
we get swept away, we get destroyed. We are building our musical
career on weak foundations that are designed to collapse within a
year of our 1st number one. We are the last rock n’ roll
band. Rock n’ roll is dead. But it’s our only culture. ‘Suicide
Alley’ spat on its corpse. We wanna be gone as soon as possible. The
biggest statement we can make is to become the biggest band in the
world and then immediately split up.
And that’s what I don’t understand
about Kevin Pierce (Esurient). I got a letter from him calling us
“faggots…cowards, etc”. Faggots because we wear eyeliner (We
wear eyeliner cos we wanna be seen as D.I.Y. style, surgeons, an
attempt to uglify ourselves; the same reason we spray our clothes
with slogans) and cowards because we smash equipment i.e. rock n’
roll cliche. Surely the biggest cliche is just being in a band, just
standing there and singing. That cliche is thousands of years old.
Believing in auto-destruction may be old-hat but at least there’s a
reason behind it. What reason trad rock format? Also he said we we
were pathetic appearing in N.M.E. Surely the biggest crime is not
appearing at all. Would Marx be a better person if he had never put
his thoughts to paper? Would Lenin be better if he realized there
would be revolution and then did nothing about it? I don’t think so.
Our aim is to reach as many people as possible. BY ANY MEANS
NECESSARY. We’re on SNUB TV on January 21st and MARK
GOODIER session Jan 28th. A tour starts Jan 23rd.
We’re off to Paris to meet some still revolutionaries in March and
then there’s a chance we’ll be working with the Bomb Squad (Public
Enemy producers) early summer in New York. And that will produce the
most vicious song ever. Anyway, thanks for the tape. Unfortunately we
are completely familiar with every single song. But I’ve used the
tape for some of our songs.
1/ REPEAT – Repeat after me Death sentence heritage Death camp palace Royal Khmer Rouge Imitation Demi-gods Useless Generation of Dumb flag scum Repeat After Me, Fuck Queen and Country
2/ METHADONE PRETTY -I accuse history, I accuse I don’t need your history
3/ FACELESS SENSE OF VOID We blur into images of state coercion Classified machines die misunderstood City reflections pour out misery We don’t count, so we hate
4/ YOU LOVE US – Until I see love in
statues Your lessons drill inherited sin
5/ GENERATION TERRORISTS Jam your brains with broken heroes Love your masks and adore your chaos MP’s dress up now TV is danger Westminster more ugly than a gas
chamber Don’t wanna see your face Don’t wanna hear your words Why don’t you just fuck off
6/ SOUL CONTAMINATION Everyone stares with the glaze of
obsession Interlocking cartels bypassing the bone The empty statement of art school
dissension Institutionalized expression of mass
7/ DEMOCRACY COMA Parliament mother of the United Nations Mother of history’s dead sun, dead scum D.N.A. of restriction and law Death, famine, darkness, and war I don’t see happy homes but the Belfast Wall, In Walkman Sounds hear Sony control
8/ MOTOWN JUNK Communal tyranny a jail that bleeds our
9/ SORROW 16 Cut your hair in front of businessmen Kill yourself and censor health Destroy work and ignore their truth Wanna die and have never worked The wall is a reason for you to believe There’s too many numbers for us to
10/ WE HER MAJESTY’S PRISONERS England’s glory lives on in worldwide genocide. So celebrate Buchenwald as her Majesty’s heir. Now an obsolete face on a currency of illusion. No matter what we own we can’t buy freedom.