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Protest Music Revival?  
User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4124 posts, RR: 8
Posted (10 years 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 961 times:

I can no longer find the original article, but it was about a new rise in songs that express discontent with the current situation of things here. When thinking about it even more, there's a few new songs out there that can qualify as "protest music"

Green Day - American Idiot

...Don't wanna be an American idiot.
Don't want a nation under the new media.
And can you hear the sound of hysteria?
The subliminal mindf**k America...

...Well maybe I'm the faggot America.
I'm not a part of a redneck agenda.
Now everybody do the propaganda.
And sing along in the age of paranoia....

and more...

Papa Roach - Getting Away with Murder
The video constantly has background images of Florida alternating between red and blue along with other Iraq related images in the background.

Jadakiss - Why
The video has people marching down a street with protest and anti-Bush signs.

I think its interesting to see how the actions of this administration have galvanized this type of activity. I'm wondering what other people's opinions are on this.

"Look Lois, the two symbols of the Republican Party: an elephant, and a big fat white guy who is threatened by change."
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User currently offlineJasepl From India, joined Jul 2004, 3582 posts, RR: 39
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 957 times:

I don't know about specific instances to the current administration in DC, but I think it is a good way to protest. The artist can vent, people who feel the same can feel a bit better listening to the music and no one needs to get killed or bombed.

User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8707 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 945 times:

In Europe, we have:

"Mass Destruction" by Faithless
"Amerika" by Rammstein
"Der Sheriff" by DAF (Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft)
and certainly a heap of others

Would be nice to see more protest against Bush in the US - but of course, every protestor is a pinko-commie terrorist-hugger and a threat to national security...  Yeah sure

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User currently offlineZak From Greenland, joined Sep 2003, 1993 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 940 times:

"protest music", i dont know, but anti globalization music or the so called "world music" and mestizo has been very popular all over europe for the last 5 years or so.

User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8114 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 939 times:

Yeah, there's a great singer in the UK called Rob Reynolds with a track called Sweet Mother which is an ace protest song: "Sweet mother of mine, we're running out of time." Amazing vocals, this guys is going to be big. No link to the actual track but there are other MP3s on here:

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User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4124 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 932 times:


So does this guy generally protest issues in the UK?

"Look Lois, the two symbols of the Republican Party: an elephant, and a big fat white guy who is threatened by change."
User currently offlineTitch From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 328 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 926 times:

Without wanting to start a flame-war with all the pro-Bush A.net members, how's about the song 'Idiot Son Of An Asshole' by NoFX....

taken from http://www.lyricstime.com/lyrics/49165.html

He's not smart, a 'C' student
And that's after buying his way into school
Beady eyes and he's kinda dyslexic
Can he read? No-one's really quite sure
He signs stuff and he executes people
Maybe that's why, he doesn't have any friends
Cocaine and a little drunk driving
Doesn't matter, when you're the Commander-in-Chief

Idiot son of an asshole
He's the idiot son of an asshole
Idiot son of an asshole
He's the idiot son of an asshole

Put on some make-up, turn on the 8-Track
I'm putting a week back on the shelf
Suddenly I'm the President, of the United States
But then I woke up, and realized I'm still me

He's too dumb to eat pretzels
Apparently smart enough to fix an election
Moved boldly into the White House
But most people voted against him

He likes naps, He's good at naptime
A couple of naps and then a nap and then he's ready for bed
He may be from Bush decent
He's always gonna be unpresident

Idiot son of an asshole
He's the idiot son of an asshole
Idiot son of an asshole
He's the idiot son of an asshole
Idiot son of an asshole
He's the idiot son of an asshole

And he's our president

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User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4304 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 911 times:

Modern protest music was born in Argentina during the Perón years in early 50s for various, domestic reasons. The "Nueva Canción" era, with folkloric and Pampa music as it's base, marked the end of the Classic Tango Era of the 30's and 40's in Argentine popular music. Nueva Canción quickly spread to Chile (Victor Jara, etc), where it really took off. From Argentina and Chile it spread to the rest of Latin America, including Cuba of course, where it's political tones gained their greatest strength. Protest Music then spread to the US in the 60's and eventually to the rest of the world.

Nueva Cancion and Mexican or Cuban Boleros dominated the 50's and early 60's in Argentina. In turn they declined late in the 60's as the 'sunny' pop of Palito Ortega, Club del Clan, and the rise of Argentine Rock revolutionized Latin American youth music, and early Adult Contemporary pop began dominating the charts.

I think Protest Music had it's 'era', certainly in Argentina at least. While I don't mind groups that mix a bit of politics in their lyrics, I start vearing away from them if their politics begin to outshine their sound.

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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14026 posts, RR: 62
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 905 times:


I don´t think political music has been restricted to South America. I´ve got a collection of German political songs (Der grosse Steinitz, Lieder demokratischen Charakters), with songs dating back to the peasant´s rebellions of the 15th century and early industrialisation. I have similar song texts from Britain, also songs connected to the Jacobite rebellion in Scotland and the Irish fight for souvereignity.Don´t forget about songs from the Spanish Civil War. Also, listen to songs from the American trade union movement of the late 19th, early 20th century, like songs by Joe Hill or Woody Guthrie. They all influenced modern political music.


User currently offlineWellHung From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 900 times:

Unlike the older protest music, today's stuff sucks. It's just angry young men yelling about shit they don't even understand.

User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 887 times:

I have to, uhh, umm, agree with WellHung on this. I'm not sure if he'd go back to the musicians I'm going to name here, but anyway...Someone like Pete Seeger or Woody Guthrie painted a picture with their words. Bob Dylan, in his '61-'63 period wrote some of the most intellectual and effectual protest music ever (IMO). While I get a kick out of some of the new stuff, it's really so much recycled garbage disguised as innovation.


[Edited 2004-09-16 23:52:51]

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