As long as they were bucking the odds by crafting an amazing reunion album 28 years after breaking up, Van Halen apparently figured they might as well take over for the recently retired R.E.M. as rock’s environmental advocates too. Don’t believe us? Check out their new planet overcrowding anthem, ‘Outta Space.’
It seems Roth’s been watching as our resources get stretched to the breaking point: “Need no polar bear to scare me / No Eskimo to share with me his fate / We outta space / No blogger needs to sell me / No dolphin needs to tell me / No starving kid, to make a case.”
The way in which he calls out the cultural changes responsible for this dilemna may not be particularly original —“Eighty acres of one-stop shopping / Has somewhat changed the place” — but the fact that he steps up to take his share of the blame certainly is: “I did not refuse it / I am guilty / I do use it / I am the reason / We outta space.”
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