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Tuesday, June 15, 2004

MISSION OF MYANMAR
Following the precedent I set when I offered (unsolicited) advice on an overdue name change for Sonic Youth, I now turn my sights on Mission of Burma.

A legendary punk-rock product of the late '70s and early '80s that wound up having an influence ranging far beyond its brief existence, the band is re-formed and out with a new album, "ONoffON".

Can they go home again? We'll see. But "Burma"? There's some dispute over it, including in Washington, but as of right now, the people running the country prefer to use the name "Myanmar". So I'm thinking the band needs to do an update.

You know what? Up until now, I could have sworn the band's name was Mission to Burma.