New Wat nu, Koetsier? Archive

Looking at Koetsier's work 'You Suffer – Terribly' (1973), we couldn't help but to think of a specific song by the British grindcore band Napalm Death. Titled 'You Suffer', and recorded in 1986, the song's lyrics consist of one single question: "But why?”

Clocking in at 1.316 seconds, the track gained something of a ‘novelty’ value; in fact, it was once listed in the Guiness Book of Records as being the shortest song ever recorded. In retrospect, it's not difficult to see the brevity of the song as a Fluxus-like gesture – that's why we felt it was only logical to somehow merge Koetsier's phrase with Napalm Death's lyrics.   

Moreover, we feel that the question ("But why?") might revive Koetsier's slogan, and hopefully inspires the reader to more actively investigate the possible causes behind our collective suffering. Without doubt, we all suffer (to varying degrees, and each in our own way) – but what are the social, political, economical, biological and/or existential reasons behind this suffering?   


Experimental Jetset


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