But where are all the protesting offended fat people? Don’t they care they’re being made fun of? I suppose in 1969 it was OK to mock the corpulent. Besides it’s all very lighthearted. Ian Anderson liked to poke hard at things that met his disapproval. Like the for instance the Church of England and the after-effects of the Industrial Revolution. That and his penchant for writing extremely long songs with political overtones earned Jethro Tull a reputation of pompousness, and Anderson himself became known as, er, kind of difficult. But much as he’s been fond of making big statements, he’s not a self-serious character at all. All the experimentation, long-windedness and deep thinkification that comes on a JTull record is always leavened with that dry English hilarity. Their live recordings are priceless just for the banter.