Can Partying Save Politics? | By David Pemberton | Uproxx
I felt pretty cool the day Andrew W.K. followed me on Twitter. To be fair, he does follow close to 80,000 Twitter accounts, most of which belong fans like me. Sure, that might make a return follow from the undisputed King of Partying seem like nothing special, but I honestly believe that the exact opposite is true. Andrew W.K. loves his fans, he bonds with them, he invites them all to the party. I was right to feel cool when I joined the thousands of accounts that W.K. follows, and I’d like to think that he’d agree.
If you’re not familiar, Andrew W.K. is a musician who gained notoriety in the early 2000s with party anthems such as It’s Time to Party, Party Hard, and Party Til You Puke (and yes, those are all tracks from the same breathtaking album). He’s since become an international pizza ambassador, an incredibly generous advice columnist, and the best pundit that Fox News has ever aired. He is, in short, a national treasure.
You can imagine the thrill I felt when I heard that Andrew W.K. was getting into politics. In a video that was released on March 31, W.K. announced the formation of a new political party. In the video, W.K. said that he “…had already filed all of the relevant paperwork with the Secretary of State,” before asking his supporters to sign an online petition to officially qualify it as a legitimate political party.
It should come as no surprise that the petition received the required signatures in an incredibly short amount of time.
Andrew W.K. has already made it clear that he won’t be running for president any time soon, and that his new political party has no political agenda other than to, well, party. But what are the practical implications of bringing the party to politics?
In a press release that was distributed earlier this week, W.K. explained, “If we open our hearts and approach the problems we face with an open mind, real change can be achieved.”
If, like me, you’ve been worn thin by the endless cavalcade of bullshit that is modern politics, then W.K.’s sentiment might feel trite, or delusional, or even obtuse. But the thing about Andrew W.K. is that, at the bottom of everything, he is incredibly sincere. He ardently believes that partying will save politics and—after speaking with him myself—I’m inclined to agree.
That’s right, I actually got to talk with one of my idols — a conversation which began with no small amount of anxiety. Don’t tell him you’re a fan, I thought. Be professional…be professional…be professional…
I want to talk about your political party, but before we do, I wanted to lay a foundation for what we’re talking about. So, what are you saying when you say the word “party”?
I always thought that this was a simple and direct word. Anyone from a three-year-old all the way up to a 114-year-old would understand [partying], so I don’t know that it’s anything more complicated than partying. Just like pizza means pizza and music means music. Partying is about enjoying one’s self and celebrating being alive.
Just like there are many types of music — but it all revolves around the same principles of melody and rhythm and sound — partying is a simple concept that has the space for all different types of enjoyment within it. As long as your party doesn’t inflict any pain or suffering on someone else or inhibit someone else’s ability to party in their own way, then it’s wide open.