Deciding that my reading about the prospects for the Trump presidency wasn’t scary enough this morning, Spotify decided to troll me with a incipient fascism soundtrack, going from First We Take Manhattan through The Man Comes Around to Under The God. Now, some of you may take this a sign that I have too many songs about the dangers of fascism on my main playlist (and it didn’t even get to If You Tolerate This…), but I instead see it as a challenge to go and find more of them.
So, I thought it was time to throw open the field to suggestions for other songs about fascism, just to get an idea of what else is out there, and as a preparatory soundtrack to fighting back. And to make it even easier to contribute I’ve created a collaborative Spotify playlist for your suggestions, and others that occur to me in time. Or you can just throw them out in the comments and we can have a good argument about whether certain tracks are against fascism or not.
So, there’s a meme going round Facebook, LiveJournal and various other places that for once doesn’t seem to be a way to get you to answer questions that might give away the security information for your bank account.
The Rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen albums you’ve heard that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. Tag fifteen friends, including me, because I’m interested in seeing what albums my friends choose.
So, as it’s a quick way to get some content on here, my fifteen are:
Matthew Sweet: Girlfriend
Manic Street Preachers: Generation Terrorists
Guns’n’Roses: Appetite For Destruction
Frank Zappa: Broadway The Hard Way
Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band: The Rising
Doves: The Last Broadcast
Julian Cope: Jehovahkill
Alabama 3: Exile on Coldharbour Lane
Warrior Soul: Drugs, God and the New Republic
Pulp: This is Hardcore
Sugar: Copper Blue
Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here
Roger Waters: Amused to Death
REM: Out of Time
Pearl Jam: Vs
As I’m now supposed to tag other people to do this, I hereby tag you unless you think fifteen other people reading this have done it already.
Thrillingly, Team Cameron appear to travel with their own Surrey wedding DJ, who thought he really knew how to warm up the largely middle-aged and pensioner crowd at Marston’s. “Don’t give up, you’ve got the music in you!” insisted the New Radicals.
I do love it when they choose such inappropriate songs – though I guess ‘You Only Get What You Give’ could be a coded warning to Lord Ashcroft that they need more cash if he’s going to get his desires. This, however, is a song that talks about how the ‘bad rich’ have God flying in for their trial, while advising ‘fakes’ to ‘run to their mansions’ before they come round and kick their asses. Add to this the fact that it comes from an album entitled ‘Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too’, and you start to wonder why Tories bother with any post-1900 music at all.
The video, however, may well be a depiction of one of David Cameron’s nightmares, as a bunch of kids (some in hoodies) storm a mall and take all the respectable people hostage:
And amidst all that, the line ‘we’re flat broke, but hey, we do it in style’, which is surely a description of the Liberal Democrat Campaigns Department.
One of my favourite songs is Barry McGuire’s 1965 protest song, Eve of Destruction:
I was interested to discover that a group called The Spokesmen had responded to McGuire (and PF Sloan, who wrote Eve of Destruction) with a song called Dawn of Correction:
As ever, you can see why the original is remembered, while the answer song has faded into obscurity, but it’s an interesting response to Eve of Destruction that doesn’t just berate McGuire and Sloan for daring to protest, but instead requests that they look at the alleged positives of life in the mid-60s – ‘instead of condemning, make some recommendations’. It’s a protest song that the Decent Left could approve to, something could be used as a soundtrack to the Euston Manifesto.
For anyone complaining that Eurovision is a ‘fix’ and blighted by ‘block voting/neighbour voting’: if it’s such a massive problem that occurs year after year, why is it that Serbia are the first Balkan country to win the contest since 1989?