All I Really Want

I don't want to buy another thing
I don't want to watch TV
I don't want that pale blue light to
Shine on me

All I really want is you
All I really want is you
I don't need whiter teeth
Or clear skin
I don't need them to tell me
The shape I should be in

All I really want is you
All I really want is you

They sold me a car
A crashing dream
They sold them to everyone
And counted the beans

Bumper to bumper
Jam to jam
Inch by inch
Scam by scam

All I really want is you
All I really want is you

Sitting on a broken train
Just outside the station
Trying to work out which line
I should be chasing

The artificial needs of a slave population
Searching for freedom in the arms
Of those that enslave them

I don't want to be a fat Western pig
Consuming everything in sight
I don't want to crush you
With my military might

All I really want is you
All I really want is you

And a new house
New face
New wheels
No taste
All grace or sympathy
Compassion or love

All I really want is you
All I really want is you

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'The Artificial Needs Of A Slave Population', a photograph by John Squire which features in the debut LP collage. In his work, Jean-Jacques Rousseau addresses freedom more than any other problem of political philosophy and portrays how man in the state of nature is blessed with an enviable total freedom. This freedom, he argues, is total for two reasons. First, natural man is physically free because he is not constrained by a repressive state apparatus or dominated by his fellow men. Second, he is psychologically and spiritually free because he is not enslaved to any of the artificial needs that characterize modern society. Rousseau believed modern man's enslavement to his own needs was responsible for all sorts of societal ills, from exploitation and domination of others to poor self-esteem and depression. The creation of "conveniences" was the first yoke that man made for himself. For the first time, man developed artificial needs which Rousseau notes in a way became "true needs". Once man had created certain tools or conveniences for himself, he became unable to live without them; man became a slave to his own invented needs. What Rousseau says of these first conveniences holds for all future tools. "It became much more cruel to be deprived of them [conveniences] than to possess them was sweet and men were unhappy to lose them without being happy to possess them." {Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on Inequality, 1754}. What is progress and benefit from a material standpoint is burden and loss from a psychic one. The growth of possessions only multiplies the growth of needs so that, ever richer, we still lose ground. Rousseau fostered the emancipation of the subject in relation to the object (to that which is). The subject is left without defense faced with public opinion (one need only think here of the horror of abortion). From the rejection of the object comes the evanescence of the subject, which is thus ripe for undergoing all forms of slavery. Subjectivism, by exalting freedom of thought, results then in the crushing of thought.

John Squire made an artistic work entitled 'All I Really Want', a face mask of his partner Sophie Upton, in 2002:


'All I Really Want' (plaster of paris, acrylic, cellulose and gloss, 2002). The taxi number referred to can also be found on a previous John Squire work from 1999, 'IJ52' (acrylic on canvas, 42" x 42"), from the Manchester exhibition, May 2004 (right). It can also be seen on the DIY typography of Squire's debut solo gig apparel (King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow, 11th November 2002), photos of which can be viewed at the following links: [(1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8)].

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