Fuck You COVID 19 – Cool Ass (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

As John Lennon once sang…  “whatever gets you though the night.” And the same attitude applies to the stresses and worries of the pandemic induced lockdown. Whatever gets you through, whatever gives you the strength to carry on, whatever takes your mind off the world we find ourselves shut away from, requires no justification whatsoever. And Marc Marut, the man behind Cool Ass, has chosen to use music and humour as his support mechanism, reminding us of the things we all miss – though also the things we have to look forward too – whilst raising a big, sonic finger to the virus itself. I guess all of those little covids, I’m sure that’s the medical term for them, are immune to such provocative gestures but don’t you feel better for expressing yourself so openly? Of course you do.

And if the song is suitable hook driven and belligerently euphoric…or perhaps euphorically belligerent… in its spirit, it is the video which is the most surprising element hre. Whilst making the best out of a bad situation, the nature of the video reflects the times just as strongly as the song itself. A collage of home recorded footage from friends and fans around the world featuring hoovers as air guitars, heads being shaved, housework done and baking prepared, groovy dance moves and a wonderful feeling of community… albeit one united in its isolation… if that is possible.

It’s the perfect response to the situation. Whilst some are waxing lyrical about the desperation  and the darkness into which society is falling, Marc and his Cool Ass, is instead having a laugh at Covid’s expense. Yes Covid…you are the butt of the joke here, take that! It’s fun, frivolous and at the same time deadly serious and instead of offering a shoulder to cry on, rather offers a helping hand, a song to sing along to and an infectious and joyous tune to dance to, whilst also reminding us that we are all suffering together. It is that togetherness that will get us through the night. And the next night. And the next until the world starts to look normal again.

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