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post Mar 18 2018, 12:56 PM
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Apologies if there is a thread already for this one and I've not seen it!

What are your favourite songs that are inspired by politics? Are there any albums or songs you think tackle a political or social issue? Are there any moments you have enjoyed where an artist has used their platform to discuss politics?

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post Mar 18 2018, 12:58 PM
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I've been listening to Paloma Faith's "The Architect" a lot recently and after seeing her live, I'm really starting to enjoy and love the entire album being about social observation.

For me the standout track would definitely be "Guilty" which is about Brexit and it is absolutely sublime wub.gif



Another musical-political moment would have to be Stormzy calling out Theresa May at the BRITS this year. I'm not a fan of Stormzy really but it is good to see someone in his position speaking up for something horrific that has happened.

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post Mar 18 2018, 01:01 PM
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First one to come to mind is Plan B's 'ill Manors' wub.gif
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post Mar 18 2018, 01:11 PM
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What a song! Billy Joel, or someone else should do an updated version soon for more recent events!


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The first song to come into my head is courtesy of my favourite band. This is 'Revolution' by The Beatles, which was their response to The Vietnam war and political protests related to it in 1968. They had been told by their manager to stay quiet about the war but John Lennon said that he just could not be silent about it any more and here came this brilliant song. My favourite incarnation of it is the hard rock version that is the B-side to 'Hey Jude' with its energetic guitar instrumental. *.* The slowed down bluesy 'Revolution 1' is enjoyable enough as well. I could never take to 'Revolution 9' though which just gives me the creeps. laugh.gif
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post Mar 18 2018, 01:23 PM
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Pink's Dear Mr President wub.gif
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post Mar 18 2018, 01:24 PM
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QUOTE(Liаm @ Mar 18 2018, 01:23 PM) *
Pink's Dear Mr President wub.gif


This. Still so relevant 12 years on.
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post Mar 18 2018, 01:25 PM
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One that I'm listening to a lot atm is the live acoustic version of I Know A Place by MUNA that they put out the other week on an EP to celebrate 1 year of the album it's from and they've put in a new middle eight which they've only ever performed at gigs before that shades Trump *.*

" Even if our skin or our gods look different, I believe all human life is significant, I throw my arms open wide in resistance, he's not my leader even if he's my president no, lets build a place we can go where everone's gonna lay down their weapon" wub.gif

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post Mar 18 2018, 01:27 PM
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QUOTE(Liаm @ Mar 18 2018, 01:23 PM) *
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I was thinking of this one as well! wub.gif
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post Mar 18 2018, 01:28 PM
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Too many to mention, but I really loved this modern one from M.I.A.

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post Mar 18 2018, 02:19 PM
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QUOTE(Liаm @ Mar 18 2018, 01:23 PM) *
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And on the same topic, Lily Allen's 'Fuck You' *.*
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That was one of my absolute favourite songs when the album came out, so simple yet poetic! heart.gif

Some others I have thought of:

Fifth Harmony - Bridges (aimed at Donald Trump)
Alicia Keys - Kill Your Mama
Katy Perry - Chained To The Rhythm
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post Mar 18 2018, 02:55 PM
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Love myself a good political song. Always better when a song feels like it has a message, even if it does make hearing the song on any form of commercial radio a bit of a sobering experience as you realise so many people are just ignoring the lyrics.

I'd love an update to We Didn't Start The Fire, but preferably to a different tune, loads of amateurs have made versions but there's so many, and most of them fail to recognise that outside of the last few verses of the song, it's almost all 50s/early 60s events because that was Billy Joel's own childhood, whereas they try to cover, say, 30 years from 1990 to today almost equally. Also as much as I love changing lyrics of songs to fit other, similar tunes (I'm sure if you gave me enough time I could write a parody of We Didn't Start The Fire for the Roman Empire or the Age of Discovery) the tune is getting played out and the motif of not starting the fire is getting a bit outdated. So basically I'd love a similar song that covers a different time period in detail.

I like the message of 'Where Is The Love?', how it both feels so in tune with the climate of the early 00s and yet how relevant it is as an anti-media/political song still today. Lily Allen's really good for this as well, 'The Fear' and '22' are both superb societal digs.
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post Mar 18 2018, 03:59 PM
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QUOTE(The Hissmobile @ Mar 18 2018, 01:11 PM) *


What a song! Billy Joel, or someone else should do an updated version soon for more recent events!


Someone actually did! It only goes up to 2012 (you could get another song entirely since then tbh kink.gif)



It's a great choice anyway, Zombie by the Cranberries is another one I love.
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post Mar 18 2018, 08:10 PM
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QUOTE(Jade @ Mar 18 2018, 01:11 PM) *
The first song to come into my head is courtesy of my favourite band. This is 'Revolution' by The Beatles, which was their response to The Vietnam war and political protests related to it in 1968. They had been told by their manager to stay quiet about the war but John Lennon said that he just could not be silent about it any more and here came this brilliant song. My favourite incarnation of it is the hard rock version that is the B-side to 'Hey Jude' with its energetic guitar instrumental. *.* The slowed down bluesy 'Revolution 1' is enjoyable enough as well. I could never take to 'Revolution 9' though which just gives me the creeps. laugh.gif


I throughly support that choice, it was a double A side as far as I'm concerned laugh.gif
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If social matters can be called politics so many great songs:

Eve Of Destruction - Barry Maguire

Save The Country - Fifth Dimension

Anarchy In The UK - Sex Pistols

Shipbuilding - Robert Wyatt

War - Edwin Starr

The Lodgers - Style Council

Strange Fruit - Billie Holliday

Take A Look Around/ Ball Of Confusion - Temptations

What's Going On/ Mercy Mercy Me - Marvin Gaye

Give Peace A Chance - Plastic Ono band

off the top of my head...newer ones dont spring to mind as easy - over to others!
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Shipbuilding was written by Elvis Costello, as were Pills & Soap and Tramp The Dirt Down.

I would also mention

Glad To Be Gay - Tom Robinson Band
Winter Of '79 - Tom Robinson Band
Ghost Town - The Specials
Biko - Peter Gabriel
Don't Give Up - Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush

Strange Fruit (as sung by Billie Holliday) is probably the most powerful political song you will ever here.
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Theresa May's Liar Liar?

Otherwise U2 would be my go-to, Sunday Bloody Sunday would be a big one. (Not to be a stereotype or anything...)
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I did think of Chained To The Rhythm but 30STM also came to mind



pretty much aimed at the radicalization of both sides of the political spectrum and how we need to forgive each other and work together for a better tomorrow. "Do you believe that you can walk on water?" speaks VOLUMES.

there's also this



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