Hope is an orientation towards the future, but I worry that trying to think about hope in this way makes it serious – po-faced and a rather somber affair. But this runs counter to real-life experience - some of the times that we might feel that sense of the future opening up, of possibility, of that anticipatory consciousness, are moments of joy, of laughter, and of celebration. All of this happens in bleak, dark times too – sometimes laughter is most necessary when the world is at its worst if only to establish, for a brief moment, the impermanence of the horrors around us.
Mogwai guitarist Stuart Braithwaite explained “We decided to proclaim our dislike of one of the weakest bands on the planet by putting out these shirts. We sold out in one day and Super Furry Animals and Pavement have put in an order for more. The thing about the shirt is it’s like a dictionary definition. Blur: Are Shite. It’s factual and if there’s any legal problems about it I’ll go to court as someone who has studied music so I can prove they are shite.”