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Where are all the protest songs?

Old 01-25-18, 07:57 PM
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Re: Where are all the protest songs?

Wasn't Neil Young a Reagan supporter in the 80s?
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Old 01-25-18, 08:08 PM
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Re: Where are all the protest songs?

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One of my fav songs. But it is over 30 years old now, and its anti-IMF diatribe is dated. Even so, the descriptions of characters and the woebegone nature of things still hold up.
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Old 01-26-18, 12:16 AM
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Re: Where are all the protest songs?

Here are a few all released after Drump was voted Pres


Hurray For the Riff Raff with Rican Beach”

Joey Badass with Land Of The Free


Vince Staples with BagBak


Margo Price with All American Made

Priest with Pink White House


And one of the best anti war song's ever from 2015
Damn That Valley by Us Girls
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Old 01-26-18, 12:20 AM
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Re: Where are all the protest songs?

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IMO, younger artists these days are too far removed from real world problems to have government be the muse for their music. Very different than in the 60's/70's.
Well most FM/top 40 radio is Producer driven with the majority of the artists reliant on a handful of middle aged Producers who churn out hooks on an assembly line. Max Martin is probably too busy to follow politics with as many songs as he producers. The youth who are making their own music with a few exceptions are not getting any airtime on mainstream radio.
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Old 01-26-18, 05:47 AM
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Re: Where are all the protest songs?

None of these "protest" songs have had any traction. For such an anthem to be effective it has to be sung at rallies and retreats and demonstrations and such the way "If I Had a Hammer," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?," and "Kumbaya" were sung ad infinitem at such gatherings in the 1960s.

I remember the Country Joe anti-Vietnam War song linked in an earlier post, "One Two Three--what are we fighting for? / I don't know, I don't give a damn, next stop is Vietnam," was repurposed for other anti-war demonstrations, e.g. against intervention in El Salvador in 1980-81, with slight changes in the lyrics. I know I remember hearing it that way back when I used to attend such events. (When I actually cared about what was going on in the world.) I can't recall if it was sung at any of the anti-Gulf War events I attended.
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Old 01-26-18, 01:55 PM
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Re: Where are all the protest songs?

The only one that comes to mind (and it's not all that much of a protest) is Leeroy Stagger's "I Want It All":



With all your privilege
You make the rules
But we won’t be trumped
Don’t you play the fool
It’s a beautiful world we’re born into
So take it back again
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Old 01-26-18, 06:44 PM
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Re: Where are all the protest songs?

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...I always thought a band like U2 would have something significant to say but on the other hand, look at how much grief they received for giving away their album on iTunes for free...
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1. I recall U2 stalled the release of their new album in order to go back into the studio to add content more relevant to the "post-election" America. I haven't heard the new album. Is there anything approaching a protest song?
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Old 01-26-18, 07:01 PM
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Re: Where are all the protest songs?



Eminem's cypher at the BET Awards, with 43mm views, is probably the biggest protest song of last year.
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