Yes, I know “Career Opportunities” is a song by The Clash, but I thought I’d present a version of this song that you’re less familiar with. Last week, I featured a song that I think is a fist-pumping anthem for Dudeists everywhere. This song frankly is an encapsulation of all things Dudeist set to a laid-back ska melody. Frankly, it’s almost like The Clash envisioned The Dude before the Coen brothers did. I should mention that King Django (from New York) modified the lyrics to suit his time and place.
The offered me the office, offered me the shop
They said I’d better take anything they’d got
Do you wanna make coffee at NBC?
Do you wanna be, do you really wanna be a cop?
Career opportunities, the ones that never knock.
I hate the army an’ I hate the Marines.
I don’t wanna go fighting in the desert heat.
I hate the civil service too
And I won’t open anthrax letters for you.
They’re gonna have to introduce conscription
They’re gonna have to take away my prescription
If they wanna get me making toys
If they wanna get me, well, I got no choice
See what I mean about this being an encapsulation of the Dudeist ethos? Do you really want to be a cop, you know, like the fascist The Dude encountered in Malibu. He hates the army and Marines and won’t go to fight in the desert heat, so he is clearly a pacifist like The Dude. Furthermore, The Dude just isn’t looking for any career opportunities, and I have to give props to anyone who falls into that category.