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Caipirinha in a bottle, can you believe it?! Of course you can. For about twenty years now booze manufacturers have been stepping away from their main product to provide us with drinks that would otherwise require mixing skills on our part. I think peach flavoured vodka was one of the first of such beverages to appear in the alternative rock scene I used to be a part of. Dancing to Therapy?’s ‘Suicide plan, you first’ holding a glass filled with that prefab shite (pardon my French) seemed, to me at least, very out of place at the time. But there they were, those who actually gobbled it down by the bottle.
 So what’s this? Am I this disgruntled person with a grudge against something I don’t believe in, but that permeated my world anyway? I just might be that, or become it when I reach elderly status – as cantankerous as Statler and Waldorf put together (you remember the old geezers on the balcony of every Muppets shows, right?!). But for now I must say no, I am not that. The inner circle contained yet another circle whose base of appreciation for alternative rock in the nineties, was the punk rock of the eighties. Punk rock, really good punk rock, adheres to none but one rule: D.I.Y.
 Now my own particular tastes did not include punk rock pur sang (though I have always found its lyrical humour quite invigorating). But that credo, Do It Yourself, has stuck with me ever since. It’s ike a band-aid over a wound I do not wish to see healed. Practically everything I stumble across I meet with the most stubborn inclination to reinvent the wheel so to speak. I will do it myself, and encourage others to do the same if I get a chance. And the least of these encouragements, people, the least of these, is to keep mixing your own drinks. For what a swindle this bottle is.


Texto por: Peter-Jan Vermeij


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