From the Heart

by Bill Hicks

If you play New Kids on the Block albums backwards they sound better. "Oh come on, Bill, they're the New Kids, don't pick on them, they're so good and they're so clean cut and they're such a good image for the children." Fuck that! When did mediocrity and banality become a good image for your children? I want my children to listen to people who fucking ROCKED! I don't care if they died in puddles of their own vomit - I want someone who plays from his fucking HEART!


Bill Hicks, who died in 1994, was a comedian who challenged mainstream beliefs. He often criticized media and popular culture as oppressive tools of the ruling class, meant to "keep people stupid and apathetic." His six sentences are excerpted from a 1989 performance.