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Who Is Writing It Down?

Post by 101Walterton » 19 Jun 2017, 3:20pm

Like most (if not all) of us on here I was brought up listening to youngs bands singing about their struggles in life, the political problems that affected their lives and the world and terrorism. Bands like The Clash, The Ruts, Stiff Little Fingers, The Specials etc etc When I was in a band as a 14/15 year old we tried (badly) to write our songs on what was happening to us and our friends, the violence in every day life, the bomb threat, the horror of being in the army (after a friend's older brother was killed in Ireland at 17).
Today, with everything that is happening in the world, who is writing about it? Who is documenting these atrocities and writing the protest songs? I listen to the radio or my kids music and all I hear is songs about self indulgence, phones, clothes, petty squabbles, love and break up songs??

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Post by matedog » 19 Jun 2017, 4:18pm

101Walterton wrote:
19 Jun 2017, 3:20pm
Like most (if not all) of us on here I was brought up listening to youngs bands singing about their struggles in life, the political problems that affected their lives and the world and terrorism. Bands like The Clash, The Ruts, Stiff Little Fingers, The Specials etc etc When I was in a band as a 14/15 year old we tried (badly) to write our songs on what was happening to us and our friends, the violence in every day life, the bomb threat, the horror of being in the army (after a friend's older brother was killed in Ireland at 17).
Today, with everything that is happening in the world, who is writing about it? Who is documenting these atrocities and writing the protest songs? I listen to the radio or my kids music and all I hear is songs about self indulgence, phones, clothes, petty squabbles, love and break up songs??
Well yeah, pop music is going to be about self indulgence, clothes, break up songs, etc. It always has been, always will be.

Hip hop is probably the most vital genre in terms of documenting the struggles and violence in a particular community (almost always African American in this case). Kendrick and Run the Jewels are very obvious examples of just top tier music coming out these days addressing the issues of the day.

Rock is far less vital genre these days, but Jeff Rosenstock's amazing album "WORRY." last year addressed police brutality (The Fuzz), complacency in today's youth (To Be a Ghost), and a lot of more personal subjects (love and lost, etc.). Arcade Fire's albums are always great and always political.
Look, you have to establish context for these things. And I maintain that unless you appreciate the Fall of Constantinople, the Great Fire of London, and Mickey Mantle's fatalist alcoholism, live Freddy makes no sense. If you want to half-ass it, fine, go call Simon Schama to do the appendix.

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Post by Silent Majority » 19 Jun 2017, 4:56pm

Definitely in grime yeah

I was gonna put power chords to this but its less tacky as a poem.

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Post by oliver » 19 Jun 2017, 7:26pm

101Walterton wrote:
19 Jun 2017, 3:20pm
Today, with everything that is happening in the world, who is writing about it? Who is documenting these atrocities and writing the protest songs?
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Post by Heston » 20 Jun 2017, 1:16am

oliver wrote:
19 Jun 2017, 7:26pm
101Walterton wrote:
19 Jun 2017, 3:20pm
Today, with everything that is happening in the world, who is writing about it? Who is documenting these atrocities and writing the protest songs?
Sleaford Mods

They are loathsome offensive brutes, but I can't look away
Best live act I've seen in years.

There will be plenty of bands out there who are dabbling in politics (I love the King Blues for instance), but how much of it will drip through to the general public? The splintered nature of the current music scene means whatever you're after, you just need to go and look for.
So what does Marconi playing the mamba mean? "Marconi" is referring to the radio itself. It plays a deadly snake. The snake - the mamba - is slithering from the speakers. Ready to kill greedy corporations. Ready to free the world of all that is evil, and to leave behind only the youthful idealism encompassed by the tenets of rock and roll.

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Post by 101Walterton » 20 Jun 2017, 4:10am

Heston wrote:
20 Jun 2017, 1:16am
oliver wrote:
19 Jun 2017, 7:26pm
101Walterton wrote:
19 Jun 2017, 3:20pm
Today, with everything that is happening in the world, who is writing about it? Who is documenting these atrocities and writing the protest songs?
Sleaford Mods

They are loathsome offensive brutes, but I can't look away
Best live act I've seen in years.

There will be plenty of bands out there who are dabbling in politics (I love the King Blues for instance), but how much of it will drip through to the general public? The splintered nature of the current music scene means whatever you're after, you just need to go and look for.
I realise there must be some bands writing about the troubles but I was referring to the mainstream. You don't hear it in commercial radio or in the charts like you used to. Is it only for underground now?

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Post by Heston » 20 Jun 2017, 4:37am

101Walterton wrote:
20 Jun 2017, 4:10am
Heston wrote:
20 Jun 2017, 1:16am
oliver wrote:
19 Jun 2017, 7:26pm
101Walterton wrote:
19 Jun 2017, 3:20pm
Today, with everything that is happening in the world, who is writing about it? Who is documenting these atrocities and writing the protest songs?
Sleaford Mods

They are loathsome offensive brutes, but I can't look away
Best live act I've seen in years.

There will be plenty of bands out there who are dabbling in politics (I love the King Blues for instance), but how much of it will drip through to the general public? The splintered nature of the current music scene means whatever you're after, you just need to go and look for.
I realise there must be some bands writing about the troubles but I was referring to the mainstream. You don't hear it in commercial radio or in the charts like you used to. Is it only for underground now?
The charts are for children now.
So what does Marconi playing the mamba mean? "Marconi" is referring to the radio itself. It plays a deadly snake. The snake - the mamba - is slithering from the speakers. Ready to kill greedy corporations. Ready to free the world of all that is evil, and to leave behind only the youthful idealism encompassed by the tenets of rock and roll.

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Post by 101Walterton » 20 Jun 2017, 4:56am

Heston wrote:
20 Jun 2017, 4:37am
101Walterton wrote:
20 Jun 2017, 4:10am
Heston wrote:
20 Jun 2017, 1:16am
oliver wrote:
19 Jun 2017, 7:26pm
101Walterton wrote:
19 Jun 2017, 3:20pm
Today, with everything that is happening in the world, who is writing about it? Who is documenting these atrocities and writing the protest songs?
Sleaford Mods

They are loathsome offensive brutes, but I can't look away
Best live act I've seen in years.

There will be plenty of bands out there who are dabbling in politics (I love the King Blues for instance), but how much of it will drip through to the general public? The splintered nature of the current music scene means whatever you're after, you just need to go and look for.
I realise there must be some bands writing about the troubles but I was referring to the mainstream. You don't hear it in commercial radio or in the charts like you used to. Is it only for underground now?
The charts are for children now.
Because the children aren't interested?
Can't imagine either of my kids listening to songs about suicide bombers at pop concerts or random knife massacres and both are older than I was when I was singing about riots and bombings.

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Post by Marky Dread » 22 Jun 2017, 1:29pm

Heston wrote:
20 Jun 2017, 4:37am
101Walterton wrote:
20 Jun 2017, 4:10am
Heston wrote:
20 Jun 2017, 1:16am
oliver wrote:
19 Jun 2017, 7:26pm
101Walterton wrote:
19 Jun 2017, 3:20pm
Today, with everything that is happening in the world, who is writing about it? Who is documenting these atrocities and writing the protest songs?
Sleaford Mods

They are loathsome offensive brutes, but I can't look away
Best live act I've seen in years.

There will be plenty of bands out there who are dabbling in politics (I love the King Blues for instance), but how much of it will drip through to the general public? The splintered nature of the current music scene means whatever you're after, you just need to go and look for.
I realise there must be some bands writing about the troubles but I was referring to the mainstream. You don't hear it in commercial radio or in the charts like you used to. Is it only for underground now?
The charts are for children now.
Hey Heston leave those kids alone.
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Post by Spiff » 25 Jun 2017, 7:57pm

Green Day.
Let fury have the hour, anger can be power
D'you know that you can use it?

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Post by daredevil » 26 Jun 2017, 10:06am

drowninghere wrote:
23 Jun 2017, 5:21pm
Never heard of her, but this was great.

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Post by Carpentologist » 03 Jul 2017, 3:07am

My band Crash & The Crapenters are writing about issues that are relevant in Australia at the moment!
The sentencing for paedophiles in our justice system is a fucking joke, this track of ours relates to the issue;


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Post by Carpentologist » 03 Jul 2017, 3:13am

Youth suicide is an epidemic in Australia at the moment, this is our track relating to the issue, cheers to anyone who checks these out;

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