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Rock Bands Who Make "Social Comment".

Fri Jun 03, 2005 6:55 am

I bought the Kaiser Chiefs album "Employment" today. I had never heard of them until I saw them on the Jools Holland show recently performing "I predict a riot"

I've played the CD a couple of times in the car and it's really good. Great to here a band whose lyrics aren't just about love but which comment on today's society.

It got me wondering about which other of the modern bands use their music to make social comment.

So I pass this on to the younger 'rockers' out there to enlighten me!
 
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Fri Jun 03, 2005 6:57 am

Quoting Purpleheepster (Thread starter):
So I pass this on to the younger 'rockers' out there to enlighten me!

Buffalo Springfeild and the Jefferson Airplane  bigthumbsup 
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Fri Jun 03, 2005 6:59 am

Usually preaching to the converted, and tend not to mind using big corporate to spread their 'message'. Weren't Rage Against The Machine on Sony? Hmmm.
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Fri Jun 03, 2005 7:08 am

The only two I can think of straight away that do so are System of a Down and Marilyn Manson will occasionally throw in some social commentary. Rage Against the Machine used to until de la Rocha left the band and they toned down the politics with Audioslave, although Tom Morello does remain quite politically active, forming the Axis of Justice with SOAD's Serj Tankian to help motivate youth interest in politics.
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Fri Jun 03, 2005 7:11 am

Green Day tries to, poorly.

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Fri Jun 03, 2005 7:11 am

I think Bruce Springsteen and the group Green Day are easily the best-known for making political commentary as part of their music, at least here in the USA.
 
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Fri Jun 03, 2005 7:12 am

Some do it well. U2 comes to mind.

Most annoy you with their silly preachiness.

Anyone remember Joan Baez' "Bangla Desh?"

Not only was it goofy, the music sucked too.
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Fri Jun 03, 2005 7:12 am

Quoting Purpleheepster (Thread starter):
It got me wondering about which other of the modern bands use their music to make social comment.



Quoting Superfly (Reply 1):
Buffalo Springfield and the Jefferson Airplane

Modern???  Wow!

Very good, though. Throw the Plastic Ono Band in the mix while you're at it. Wink

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Fri Jun 03, 2005 7:25 am

Quoting Logan22L (Reply 7):
Modern???

Remember, Logan...Superfly's calendar doesn't go further than 1979  Wink

Other "social commentary" bands

Red Hot Chili Peppers
Rammstein
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Fri Jun 03, 2005 7:39 am

Quoting Jaysit (Reply 6):
Some do it well. U2 comes to mind.

U2 for sure! You could also say Incubus to some extent with Meglomaniac

CCR with Fourtunate Son (Vietnam)

Coldplay with Politik (NAFTA)

Quoting RayChuang (Reply 5):
I think Bruce Springsteen and the group Green Day are easily the best-known for making political commentary as part of their music, at least here in the USA.

Correction: Green Day tries to include social commentary. I wouldn't say the successfuly do so...

[Edited 2005-06-03 00:40:11]
 
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Fri Jun 03, 2005 7:39 am

Green Day do it extremely powerfully.

The Neoclowns won't agree but do you expect them to?

REM have done it too, but much less aggressively. "Bad Day" is probably their standout track.
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Fri Jun 03, 2005 7:39 am

Quoting Garnetpalmetto (Reply 8):
Remember, Logan...Superfly's calendar doesn't go further than 1979

 rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 

Quoting Jaysit (Reply 6):
Some do it well. U2 comes to mind.

I own 5 U2 albums and I just can't get passed Bono's voice no matter how hard I try. Same goes for REM with that goat as a lead singer. YUCK!
I'd much rather listen to Joan Baez.
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Fri Jun 03, 2005 7:44 am

Rammstein does it as well, albeit in their own weird way Big grin . A side question about SOAD (currently my fav band) though: What are they gonna sing about after 2008  Confused ?
 
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Fri Jun 03, 2005 7:46 am

Quoting DAL767400ER (Reply 12):
What are they gonna sing about after 2008 ?

Some of the things that already show up thematically in their work - the Armenian Holocaust, for instance.
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Fri Jun 03, 2005 7:56 am

Quoting WhiteHatter (Reply 10):
Green Day do it extremely powerfully.

The Neoclowns won't agree but do you expect them to?

Green Day do it really, really badly. Cliched lyrics, with no real point other than 'we don't like Bush.' Yeah, great. They took advantage of public opinion in the US to sell records, there's nothing 'punk' about them.
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Fri Jun 03, 2005 7:59 am

Green Day's also sings with a fake British accent.
Aren't they from here, San Francisco Bay Area?
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Fri Jun 03, 2005 8:09 am

I don't know. The way I see it, is it's just like having Babs Streisand, Michael Moore, or Chevy Chase jab the Bush Adminstration. Great, you don't like the Bush administration or their "redneck agenda," but at the same time most of you don't hold a college degree, you have never been a part of any kind of government and I'm supposed to listen to you about what I'm supposed to believe? Yeah, right. I can deal with the New York Times editorial page bashing the administration, fine with me, most of their editorialists are very well educated and knowledgeable in world affairs. They just happen to have a different view than I do. In my opinion, the work of Green Day, Michael Moore, etc. is to score the imbeciles that are politically indifferent by saying that it's "cool" in American pop culture to hate conservatives. I railed against the "Get Out and Vote" movement here in October because all it does is incorporate pop culture in an attempt to get dumbasses to vote. It's different if you're liberal and you actually keep up with politics and are able to develop these thoughts by yourself.

And I do have all of the Rage Against the Machine albums, I disagree with them, but I like their music. And as 777236ER pointed out, it's always good for a laugh that these guys are so anti-corporation but they are signed with Sony.
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Fri Jun 03, 2005 8:12 am

Dave Matthews does it a lot too...good thing I don't pick my music based on politics.

They all have the right to say what they want to, I just couldn't care less about their political beliefs.
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Fri Jun 03, 2005 8:37 am

I am as liberal as they come and I love music but I would never buy an album just because I like someones politics. It's all about the music.
Many bands I do like may have a lyric that is political but they don't run around chasing headlines either.
I'd be happy if Bono went in to politics and never, EVER sang again!
I love his politics but I hate his singing!
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Fri Jun 03, 2005 8:39 am

Quoting 777236ER (Reply 14):
Green Day do it really, really badly. Cliched lyrics, with no real point other than 'we don't like Bush.' Yeah, great.

I agree... it all comes off at a suburban teen-age white girl level.

SOAD has some political stuff, but I can't listen to more than a few tracks without getting a headache...
 
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Fri Jun 03, 2005 8:57 am

The Clash
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Fri Jun 03, 2005 9:15 am

Same goes for REM with that goat as a lead singer. YUCK!

I'm with you on that one.

I can't stand that pretentious skinny twit twisting around and bleating on stage while attempting to make some political point which is usually "I'm skinny, the world is mean, I hate the establishment, therefore hug me."

Who the hell cares?

I railed against the "Get Out and Vote" movement here in October because all it does is incorporate pop culture in an attempt to get dumbasses to vote.

How noble. Now what about those anti-gay GOP ads that used the Bible to get a different kind of dumbass to vote?
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Fri Jun 03, 2005 9:23 am

Quoting Garnetpalmetto (Reply 8):
Rammstein

I would hardly say they make a social comment - most of the time, they're usually trying to piss off the people who call them nazis etc.
 
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Fri Jun 03, 2005 9:29 am

Quoting CPH-R (Reply 22):
I would hardly say they make a social comment - most of the time, they're usually trying to piss off the people who call them nazis etc.

Amerika? The music video for Sonne? I'd say that, combined with media statements some band members have made (I believe Flake, in particular) would qualify as social commentary.
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Fri Jun 03, 2005 9:49 am

Limp Bizkit has touched on it a little in their latest album "The Unquestionable Truth Part 1"
Cleared for the option...
 
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Fri Jun 03, 2005 10:08 am

I will disagree with Superfly on U2.

I like Bono's voice for the fact it is not the most perfect. It works well with their music and there is no denying they are a great live band.

Pearl Jam is another great band that gets involved in politics.

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Fri Jun 03, 2005 10:30 am

Quoting Newark777 (Reply 4):
Green Day tries to, poorly.

I wonder how many of you people have heard Green Day's "Jesus of Suburbia" Medley? That and the rest of the American Idiot CD is arguably one of the best socio-political CDs in the last 10 years.

Quoting Garnetpalmetto (Reply 8):
Red Hot Chili Peppers

HAHAHA... ...wait... you were joking... right?

Quoting DfwRevolution (Reply 9):
CCR with Fourtunate Son (Vietnam)

Coldplay with Politik (NAFTA)

CCR was political with more than just Fortunate Son. Alot of the songs Fogerty wrote were big on society's flaws. Also, Coldplay's "Rush of blood to the head" has a little bit of social commentary in itself as it goes into the theme of teen dissoulusionment when he says "i'd go buy a gun and start a war if you could give me something worth fighting for."

Add to the list A Perfect Circle, with their songs "Pet," and the album "Emotive" as well as Radiohead for their "Hail to the Thief" cd.
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Fri Jun 03, 2005 10:37 am

What I would like to think about is seeing the lead singer of any band as president. Could you see someone like the lead singer of Green Day running the country? That would be some fu**ed up looking mess.


Who would you suppose, in terms of rock stars, would make the best president or prime minister?
 
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Fri Jun 03, 2005 10:41 am

Quoting WhiteHatter (Reply 10):
REM have done it too, but much less aggressively. "Bad Day" is probably their standout track.

The sad thing is that the song was written in the late 1980s around the time "It's The End of the World As We Know It" was written (They both sound remarkably similar). Shows you how much things have changed since then.
 
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Fri Jun 03, 2005 10:41 am

Quoting DLKAPA (Reply 26):
HAHAHA... ...wait... you were joking... right?

Dead serious. What do you think songs like "Californication" and "Venice Queen" are about precisely? Mind you they do stay away from social commentary to the extent that bands like SOAD engage in, but it's there nonetheless.
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Fri Jun 03, 2005 11:53 am

It's really annoying to listen to "the world sucks/my father beat me as a child/please help" lyrics, a la Staind, for example. You'd figure with all the millions of albums sold, the guy would be able to afford some awesome psychiatrical help by now.
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Fri Jun 03, 2005 12:51 pm

Quoting Senorcarnival (Reply 30):
It's really annoying to listen to "the world sucks/my father beat me as a child/please help" lyrics, a la Staind, for example. You'd figure with all the millions of albums sold, the guy would be able to afford some awesome psychiatrical help by now.

Actually I like Staind alot. Let's just say they're lyrics helped me through some tough times ala the song "Blow Away."
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Fri Jun 03, 2005 4:32 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 18):
I'd be happy if Bono went in to politics and never, EVER sang again!
I love his politics but I hate his singing!

What's wrong with Bono's voice?

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Fri Jun 03, 2005 7:13 pm

Quoting 777236ER (Reply 14):
Green Day do it really, really badly. Cliched lyrics, with no real point other than 'we don't like Bush.' Yeah, great. They took advantage of public opinion in the US to sell records, there's nothing 'punk' about them.

Too Bloody right. They're about as punk as Michael Jackson is normal...

Quoting Aerobalance (Reply 20):
The Clash

Amen. Add The Dead Kennedys, The Ramones, NOFX, Bad Religion etc to that. There are many out there.

Quoting DLKAPA (Reply 26):
That and the rest of the American Idiot CD is arguably one of the best socio-political CDs in the last 10 years.

Except it's a direct diluted pop rip-off of NOFX - War on Errorism CD (especially 'The Idiots are Taking over') which is far better and far more of a cutting commentary on society.

Quoting DLKAPA (Reply 26):
CCR was political with more than just Fortunate Son. Alot of the songs Fogerty wrote were big on society's flaws.

That however I agree with you entirely. CCR are one of the alltime greatest bands in my opinion.
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Fri Jun 03, 2005 7:24 pm

I like Midnight Oil. Great band.
 
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Fri Jun 03, 2005 10:05 pm

Quoting AV8FAN (Reply 34):
I like Midnight Oil. Great band.

I would say they are the one and only band that 100% fits into this category.



THE DEAD HEART
(Midnight Oil)

We don't serve your country
Don't serve your king
Know your custom don't speak your tongue
White man came took everyone

We don't serve your country
Don't serve your king
White man listen to the songs we sing
White man came took everything

We carry in our hearts the true country
And that cannot be stolen
We follow in the steps of our ancestry
And that cannot be broken

We don't need protection
Don't need your land
Keep your promise on where we stand
We will listen we'll understand

Mining companies, pastoral companies
Uranium companies
Collected companies
Got more right than people
Got more say than people
Forty thousand years can make a difference to the state of things
The dead heart lives here
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Fri Jun 03, 2005 11:42 pm

Jaysit & Mir:
I know that I am all alone in my dislike of Bono's voice. The three other members are excellent performers but Bono comes off as a drama queen.
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Sat Jun 04, 2005 12:10 am

I think there are two different subjects here: one is using their music to express a politic point of view and other is making social comments without getting too much involved in politics nor politicians, partys, etc.

I like the second type of songs, I especially love the way Paul Simon make social comments of his time in songs like Richard Cory, A Most Peculiar Man and particularly I Am A Rock and The Sound Of Silence:

" And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more.
People talking without speaking,
People hearing without listening,
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dare
Disturb the sound of silence.

Fools said i, you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows.
Hear my words that I might teach you,
Take my arms that I might reach you.
But my words like silent raindrops fell,
And echoed
In the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon God they made.
And the sign flashed out it’s warning,
In the words that it was forming.
And the sign said, the words of the prophets
Are written in the subway walls
And the tenement halls.
And whisper’d in the sounds of silence."

Most amazing is that this is still applicable for our today's society.

I read that years later, 1972, he wrote a song called American Tune to show that he was not happy at all with Richard Nixon being elected as US President, however the lyrics do not say that.

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Sat Jun 04, 2005 1:58 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 36):
Bono comes off as a drama queen.

......and Morrison, Tyler, Plant and Daltrey don't? Kind of hard to just stand behind a mic and sing without an instrument.....
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Sat Jun 04, 2005 2:24 am

Aerobalance:
I am not crazy about Jim Morrison and I can't stand Steven Tyler. Robert Daltry is OK but Robert Plant is a God!  bigthumbsup 

Robert Plant has a natural voice that was made for singing. Same with Steve Perry, Gino Vannelli, Freddie Mercury, David Coverdale, John Cougar Mellencamp and Bruce Dickenson as far as 'vocalist only'.
I tend to like groups where the lead singer mainly plays an instrument but just so happens to sing such as Geddy Lee, Michael McDonald, Peter Cetera, Dennis DeYoung, Tommy Shaw, Tom Petty, Steve Walsh (Kansas), Sting and Justin Hayward just to name a few.

The ones I listed aren't all household names even though the bands they are in are very popular. Manly because they are artist who’s main focus is creating music rather than headline grabbing attention whores with mediocre talent such as Bono.
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Sat Jun 04, 2005 2:39 am

System of a Down is very political.

I think Green Day is full of shit. They all of a sudden got political, where were they in 2000? They had many CD's before their newly released one, they never got into politics, now they do because its cool..
As far as I'm concerned Green Day broke up after 'Dookie'
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Sat Jun 04, 2005 2:43 am

Quoting AA61Hvy (Reply 40):
As far as I'm concerned Green Day broke up after 'Dookie'

Out of purely idle curiosity, have you listened to the Pre-dookie albums, Kerplunk and 39/Smoothed?
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Sat Jun 04, 2005 2:55 am

I've heard Kerplunk, but not in quite some time. I love Dookie, one of the best cd's I own.
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Sat Jun 04, 2005 3:02 am

Quoting AA61Hvy (Reply 42):
I love Dookie

That just sound hillarious!
Bust I understand you're talking about Green Day.
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Sat Jun 04, 2005 3:04 am

Quoting DLKAPA (Reply 26):
That and the rest of the American Idiot CD is arguably one of the best socio-political CDs in the last 10 years.

Complete rubbish. Someone at the record company obviously saw NOFX, and decided Green Day should do something like that. Obvious, trite, sensationalist and preacy lyrics that pander to the 'whine whine I hate Bush' teenage kids who keep bands like Green Day going aren't a socio-political comment. You tell me any underlying political comment in American Idiot other than 1. Bush is bad 2. Americans are idiots and 3. companies (apart from Sony and EMI) are bad.

Now, NOFX on the other hand, aren't on a major label, don't do interviews, release singles, they're never ever had a video on MTV or a review in any magazine that wasn't in a fanzine and made better satirical political points in War On Errorism than Green Day could even hope for.
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Sat Jun 04, 2005 3:16 am

Dead Kennedys, "Holiday in Cambodia" and Ramones "Bonzo goes to Bitburg"
comes to mind...
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Sat Jun 04, 2005 3:23 am

I have no problem with a political CD, System of a Down and Rage Against the Machine are two of my favorite bands, I don't really agree with their stances and messages, but if the song sounds good then who cares (I own all CD's by both bands) I enjoy Marilyn Manson because he is original and he has a nice sound, I don't really like his messages in all his songs, but the sound is great. My point is these bands did it because they believe something, groups like Green Day did it because it was popular and cool. To me they are nothing but uneducated guys banging on guitars bitching about Bush.
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Sat Jun 04, 2005 3:32 am

I've had this discussion with some of my friends that are a lot more liberal than I am (yes they do do exist).
I was saying that music really isn't a good avenue to express politics. They disagreed with me but I think it's a waste.
Not a single rock or rap artist has made any tangible political impact within the last 15 years despite the attention they receive. No matter how much I may agree with an artist, if most of there fans are just dancing to the music and lyrics aren't sinking in, what’s the point?
It bastardizes there ideology and doesn't help those that are down in the trenches and lobbing Congress for change.
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Sat Jun 04, 2005 6:17 am

Rage against the machine are the most political band I can think of. Never heard someone mean it (instead of just trying to sell it) like them.

"he may be a real contender for this position should he abandon his supposed obediance to white liberal doctrine of non-violence...and embrace black nationalism through counter-intelligence it should be possible to pinpoint potential trouble-makers... and neutralise them?

Wake up! wake up! wake up! wake up!
Wake up! wake up! wake up! wake up!

how long? not long, cause what you reap is what you sow!!!!!!!!" baaamm drums


Also, I never heard someone do to a guitar what Morello does to his old piece made up of pieces from ten different guitars....
Not a melody soloist, more like a weird but great sounds maker..





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Sat Jun 04, 2005 6:28 am

Bad Religion, SoCal Punk stalwarts, this is Kyoto Now! from 2002's Process of belief album.

It's a matter of prescience
No, not the science fiction kind
It's all about ignorance,
and greed, and miracles for the blind
the media parading, disjointed politics
founded on petrochemical plunder
and we're its hostages

If you stand to reason
you're in the game
the rules might be elusive
but our pieces are the same
and you know if one goes down we all go down as well
the balance is precarious as anyone can tell
this world's going to hell

Don't allow
this mythologic hopeful monster to exact its price
Kyoto now!
We can't do nothing and I think someone else will make it right

You might not think it matters now
But what if you are wrong
You might not think there's any wisdom in a fucked up punk rock song
But the way it is
cannot persist for long
a brutal sun is rising on a sick horizon

It's in the way
we live our lives
exactly like the double-edge of a cold familiar knife
and supremacy weighs heavy on the day
it's never really what you own but what you threw away
and how much did you pay?

In your dreams
You saw a steady state a bounty for eternity
Silent screams
but now the wisdom that sustains us is in full retreat
Don't allow
this mythologic hopeful monster isn't worth the risk
Kyoto now!
We can't have vision for the future if it can't be fixed
Alien
We need a fresh and new religion to run our lives
Hand in hand
the arid torpor of inaction will be our demise

Oh, Kyoto now!

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