Sunday, May 01, 2005

There Are No Saints, No Patriots

Political songs can range from pretty fucking atrocious to hellof inspiring. In the interest of extra credit, I am sifting through my CD's in an attempt to create a cogent mix CD for one of my Professors. A political mix almost certainly means opposition, whether from the left or from the far left or from apathy. There is truly a dearth of decent Conservative leaning bands putting out worthwhile music. What the implications of that are, I don't particularly care.

So far, (and it has been like a minute and a half since I started mind you!) I've decided on "American Way" by Nas (legitamately once a master fucking word smith, Illmatic is such a great album, appropriately revered by hip hop geeks), "Baby, I'm An Anarchist!" by Against Me! (legitamtely one of the best frantic acoustic leaning bands ever with the exception of their last fairly hit or miss album), "Henry K" by the Ex (sorry post-punk fags, the Ex are consistently more entertaining in their droning way then the Fall), and "Jerusalem" by Mirah.

Punk Rock practically has a sub-genre of just political music. Anarcho-punks Propaghandi for instance can't contain themselves, their last album Todays Empires Tomorrows Ashes was a pretty amazing collection of songs (even the thrashier ones managed to hold my interst for once) and they have a pretty good track record of spot on rantings that are too radical for me ("Meat is still murder/Dairy is still rape") but head nod worthy and think thought worthy in any case. But for every Propaghandi there is an Anti-Flag, who God bless them, have their hearts in the right place, but are so obviously pulling their lyrics out of A People's History Of The United States and possibly something Noam Chomsky wrote on his napkin. Trust me, I've been there, the kids (at least 90%-and yes, this is hellof a scientific guess and I am right and I am right about everything except that Ratzinger wouldn't be Pope, but I actually did know that, I just didn't want to utter it and make it true but oh well!) at Anti-Flag shows DON'T GIVE A FUCK about their politics. Or they do in that really limited "Oppose everything in power" type way, which is hardly going to enact social change.

In this big mess of double time and three chords a whole host of bands exist that are more or less politically aware. Strike Anywhere are a band out of Virginia and more or less know their shit and aren't so dogmatic about their declarations of solidarity and their love of the living wage.

Good Riddance...Well, I usually don't like Good Riddance.

The Minutemen were very radical, very awesome, and very hard to pin down, musically or politically. They were around during the Reagan years, a political darkness that inspired punk bands like mushrooms after a rain (as George R.R. Martin ALWAYS says). Possible Minutemen songs for the mix are "The Politics of Time", "Joe McCarthy's Ghost", "Untitled Song For Latin America", "King Of The Hill" and probably hellf others that are escaping me. Speaking of the Minutemen, PLEASE PROTECT OUR BORDERS, THE BORDER PATROL NEEDS YOUR HELP AND THEY REALLY LIKE YOUR COMPANY (EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE NOT REALLY A BORDER PATROL BUT A MESTIZO ESCORT SERVICE)

How clever some people are, how gosh darn clever.

The (International) Noise Conspiracy probably have a place on this mix as well. Perhaps "Capitalism Stole My Virginity". To be fair, we were totally leading capitalism on and capitalism was calling us a "tease" so you know, we had to give in or else facism would make fun of us at the political ideology playground. Perhaps "New Nails" by Mission of Burma. "Family Happiness" is a sweet draft dodging tune by one of the best bands of all time, the Mountain Goats.

An easy way out would just be picking up one of the nine million "Rock Against Bush" type compilations and pass it off as my own. But if some dipshit in my class reveals me in front of my love (she sits a couple rows ahead of me and is always drawing flowers on her notes-what a sweetie pie) I'd definitely be in trouble, and the timetable for my eventual victory over her loins will be inumberably set back. Considering how I haven't even talked to her yet, that's pushing it pretttttty fucking far back.

I am in love with the sound of my keyboard.

Suggestions welcome.

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