Now That’s What I call Financial Independence! 11


According to geologists, the Jurassic Period spanned 56 million years from the end of the Triassic Period 201 million years ago to the beginning of the Cretaceous Period 145 million years ago.

People that lived through the Jurassic period said it sometimes felt like it would never end…and yet it still seemed mercifully brief compared to the Now That’s What I Call Financial Independence! Series.

The Escape Artist is back once again in the guise of a music critic from the NME…armed with earnest prose, tortuous metaphors and psycho-babble to review more classic songs about financial independence.

It’s a long way to the top (AC/DC)

One criticism of financial independence is that it’s easier for higher earners to get to financial independence. This is obviously true but earning more is not cheating.

There’s a lot of competition for high salaries…a big part of which is: who’s prepared to work the hardest People sometimes seem to assume that all jobs have the same hours and the same level of stress. But I don’t see it that way. I’m pretty sure being Prime Minister is harder than being a local government clerk.

Most people have no idea what it takes to climb all the way up the ladder in a competitive world. AC/DC get it though.  It’s a long way to the top.

Free your mind  (En Vogue)

Conditioning forms a prison for your mind. This is a song about being open-minded.  En Vogue suggest we treat people as individuals rather than members of a racial group: “Be colour blind, don’t be so shallow”

But its also applicable to financial independence.  For example, En Vogue instinctively understand the dangers of debt and the trap of Big Hat, No Cattle spending.

So I’m a sistah
Buy things with cash
That really doesn’t mean that all my credit’s bad

Money’s Too Tight To Mention (Simply Red)

This song dates from the early 1980s when Reagan and Thatcher were lazily portrayed as the root of all evil by left wing activists (and others that should have known better). The video plays on 1930s imagery (cloth caps, back street alleys and pool halls) to evoke folk memories of the Great Depression.

This song may not have toppled Thatcher and Reagan but that’s not to say it didn’t achieve its primary objective, which seems to have been to get lead singer Mick Hucknall laid.  Prof. Geoffrey Miller provides an explanation in his paper Political Peacocks.

Everybody Wants To Rule The World (Tears for Fears)

One of the fundamental principles of The Escape Artist is:

Get your own shit together before criticising The World

Comically, this principle is regularly violated by a large chunk of the population… including (but not limited to) pop stars, Social Justice Warriors, most journalists, champagne socialists, Hampstead Guardianistas, outraged Daily Mail readers, Big Company CEOs, Hollywood actors / actresses, professional politicians and Jeremy Corbyn. Did I miss anyone out??

These clowns talk as if everything would be sunshine, magic fairies and unicorns…if only they were put In Charge Of Everything.

The Escape Artist says: doubtful…very doubtful.

Fight The Power (Public Enemy)

That’s not to say that everything is perfect in the world. The world is a big place and there are plenty of problems…most of which I don’t need to remind you of. Life is not fair. It never was.

The Escape Artist is here to help you play the hand you’re dealt and to get as much freedom as you can in your life.  In a very real sense, money is power and power is the ability to control your own life.

Lola’s Theme (The Shapeshifters)

Lola’s Theme can be interpreted in one of 2 ways:

  1. The Disney interpretation is that a lost soul is saved by meeting their romantic soulmate. This “Wait For Your Prince / Princess” approach is…how shall I put it?…sub-optimal, relying as it does upon the benign intervention of a cold and indifferent universe.
  2. The Escape Artist’s interpretation is that this an anthem of self-improvement.  Rather than waiting for the cavalry to come and rescue you, why not invest in yourself?  Only you can decide to turn your world around.

Whatta Man (Salt ‘N” Pepa featuring En Vogue)

The media now portrays masculinity as “toxic”, pushing lurid coverage of the #metoo, gender war narrative etc etc.

Shouty feminists and pathetic Nice Guys compete to show who’s most loudly in favour of a new politically correct paradigm in which all men are guilty and to hell with equality of opportunity. The result: feminism got hijacked. Radical feminism became a shonky trade union pushing promotions for the girls.

The Escape Artist is pro-women and pro-men. In this game, you’re allowed to support both teams. Maybe we need a reminder from Salt N Pepa of the value of positive masculinity?

Freefall VIP (Metrik)

The Prison Camp broadcasts all sorts of unhelpful messages at us all day long via The News and adverts. These messages multiply our wants, whilst depressing us and making us less effective. The Prison Camp presents and manipulates the “frame” through which we see the world. 

You may need to unplug from “The Matrix” to set yourself free.

Walking on Sunshine (Katrina & The Waves)

To me this song represents life force, exuberance and optimism.

Gloom and pessimism comes naturally to us Brits. I think its something to do with the weather…that and the hangovers. But researching this article, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Katrina and The Waves were based not in California but in Cambridgeshire, England…where The Escape Artist was born & bred.

Optimism is a superpower. And why not enjoy the journey?

The Escape Manual is explained * here *


  1. Everybody Wants to Rule the Word is one of my favorite songs from the 80’s. Period. Holds up well and it didn’t fall victim to the super-over-produced crappy 80’s production like so much of the era did.

  2. ladyaurora · · Reply

    “The FI community incudes introverted analytical types”
    Not me… I’m an artiste ( singer and hairdresser) I’ve now arrived at FI and it feels gooooood!
    Have I done without?? Not really.
    I’ve always bought what I wanted but my wants are in balance.
    I agree Brits are pessimistic and it is probably to do with the weather.
    Drinking booze is a no no ,so easy to get alcohol dependant then it’s becomes costly to health and finances.

  3. Urban F. I · · Reply

    Great article , makes total sense. Respect !

  4. Hi TEA,
    SPOT on with the AC/DC side of things – as you say not all jobs are equal. I have friends who are jealous of what they think my pay packet is (they don’t know the actual) but do nothing to improve their lot – they only work max 37.5 hrs a week (same as my contract, but I usually do close to double that). Its a long way, its hard work, but it IS worth it!
    Cheers, see you hopefully in August at the next FI Meet up!

  5. This made me giggle- thanks for that! And thank you for all your excellent advice over the years- I was able to quit my job a few months ago and we’re now exploring Europe by Motorhome. We would never have heard of FI without bloggers like yourself sharing their knowledge- so thank you.

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