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I'm not sure how many of our AMers consider political interpretations of their favorite songs. But, in view of the Occupy protests that have been occurring throughout the US, I thought that I would take a crack at providing a list of songs that could be effectively used at Occupy protest. It would be great to see others provide their lists too.
Rolling Stones (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction 2
Marvin Gaye What's Going On 13
John Lennon Imagine 33
Clash London Calling 34
Martha Reeves Dancing In the Street 54
Elvis Presley Suspicious Minds 56
Johnny Cash I Walk the Line 81
Buffalo Springfield For What It's Worth 111
Rolling Stones Gimme Shelter 118
Creedence Clearwater Revivial Fortunate Son 124
Who Won't Get Fooled Again 126
Impressions People Get Ready 151
David Bowie Changes 167
Bob Dylan Blowin' In the Wind 279
Beatles Revolution 303
R.E.M. It's The End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) 306
Michael Jackson Beat It 308
Alice Cooper School's Out 325
Edwin Starr War 337
Sly & the Family Stone Everyday People 347
Bob Dylan The Times They Are A-Changin' 453
Ramones I Want to be Sedated 467
David Bowie Young Americans 478
Bobby Fuller I Fought the Law 484
Clash Rock The Casbah 499
Curtis Mayfield Move On Up 526
Rolling Stones Street Fighting Man 594
Gun N'Roses Welcome to the Jungle 599
Sister Sledge We Are Family 650
Blur Out of Time 751
Queen We Will Rock You 813
Marvin Gaye Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) 833
Bob Dylan A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall 885
Elvis Costello What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding 892
Elvis Costello Pump It Up 978
Martha Reeves Nowhere toRun 1080
Jimi Hendrix The Star Spangled Banner 1131
Green Day American Idiot 1173
Pink Floyd Money 1327
Rolling Stones Get Off My Cloud 1343
Stevie Wonder You Haven't Done Nothing 1424
Pink Floyd Us and Them 1446
Animals Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood 1486
Tears for Fears Everybody Wants to Rule the World 1530
Journey Don't Stop Believin' 1549
Clash Straight to Hell 1553
Johnny Nash I Can See Clearly Now 1566
Bachman-Turner Overdrive You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet 1585
Stealers Wheel Stuck In The Middle With You 1643
My Chemical Romance Welcome to the Black Parade 1735
Tom Petty Refugee 1767
Prince Let's Go Crazy 1781
Rascals People Got To Be Free 1988
Queen Another One Bites the Dust 2055
Frank Sinatra My Way 2222
Kool & The Gang Celebration 2260
Marvin Gaye Got To Give It Up 2401
Jimi Hendrix Fire 2465
Rolling Stones Time Is On My Side 2867
Band King Harvest Has Surely Come BU
Kinks Tired Of Waiting For You BU
Peter Frampton Do You Feel Like We Do BU
Beatles Taxman BU
Bob Dylan Most Likely You Go Your Way And I'll Go Mine BU
Peter Gabriel Don't Give Up BU
Rolling Stones Shattered BU
Pretenders My City Was Gone BU
Eric Clapton Change The World BU
Bruce Springsteen Prove It All Night BU
Pat Benatar Hit Me With Your Best Shot BU
Rolling Stones Let It Bleed
Style Council The Lodgers
Robert Palmer Every Kinda People
Utopia The Very Last Time
Argent Hold Your Head Up
Dave Mason We Just Disagree
George Harrison Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth
Kansas The Wall
Guess Who No Time
Joe Jackson Right and Wrong
Guess Who Share the Land
Glenn Fry The Heat Is On
Guess Who Hand Me Down World
Johnny Hates Jazz Shattered Dreams
Pat Benatar Hell Is For Children
Van Halen Dancing In the Street
Howard Jones Things Can Only Get Better
Todd Rundgren Bang the Drum All Day
Police De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
Jimi Hendrix Freedom
Todd Rundgren Black and White
Thomas Dolby Dissidents
Kenny Loggins I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)
Tom Petty I Won't Back Down
Electric Light Orchestra Can't Get It Out Of My Head
Billy Idol Rebel Yell
Fixx Stand Or Fall
Crosby Still and Nash Carry On/Questions
Todd Rundgren Compassion
Isley Brothers Fight The Power
Foo Fighters Resolve
Todd Rundgren The Ultimate Crime
Todd Rundgren Temporary Sanity
Todd Rundgren Initiation
Todd Rundgren Fair Warning
Janis Joplin Down On Me
Derek & The Dominos Keep On Growing
John Lennon Mind Games
John Lennon Whatever Gets You Through The Night
John Lennon Nobody Told Me
Todd Rundgren Stood Up
Alice Cooper No More Mr. Nice Guy
Todd Rundgren Can't Stop Running
Todd Rundgren Property
Todd Rundgren No World Order
No Doubt It's My Life
Style Council All Gone Away
Style Council Walls Come Tumbling Down
Utopia Stand For Something
Fine Young Cannibals I'm Not Satisified
Staple Singers I'll Take You There
Utopia Freedom Fighters
Billy Joel Prelude/Angry Young Man
U2 New Year's Day
Simon & Garfunkel Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream
Sam Cooke Chain Gang
Romantics Our Day Will Come
Blue Magoos (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet
Youngbloods Get Together
Zager & Evans In the Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus)
Rare Earth I Just Want To Celebrate
Manfred Mann's Earth Band Blinded By the Light
Electric Light Orchestra Don't Bring Me Down
Beatles Carry That Weight
Neil Young Don't Let It Bring You Down
Stevie Wonder Big Brother
Todd Rundgren Couldn't I Just Tell You
Peter Gabriel Red Rain
Who I've Had Enough
Red Hot Chili Peppers Easily
Red Hot Chili Peppers This Velvet Glove
Police Truth Hits Everybody
Lynyrd Skynyrd You Got That Right
Collective Soul Smashing Young Man
Joe Jackson Don't Wanna Be Like That
Todd Rundgren Determination
Todd Rundgren Bread
Todd Rundgren Bleeding
Todd Rundgren When The Shit Hits The Fan - Sunset Blvd
Todd Rundgren Just One Victory
Todd Rundgren A Dream Goes On Forever
Todd Rundgren Heavy Metal Kids
Traffic Feelin' Alright
Traffic Freedom Rider
Todd Rundgren If Not Now When
Who Imagine A Man
Stevie Wonder Jesus Children Of America
James Taylor Shower The People
Johnny Nash Stir It Up
Jimi Hendrix Stone Free
Eagles Take It To The Limit
Weavers This Land Is Your Land
Jefferson Airplane Volunteers
Flaming Lips Waiting For A Superman
John Lennon Power To The People
Marvin Gaye Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
Guess Who Share the Land
Guess Who Hand Me Down World
A political protest list with no "Killing in the Name" is no political protest list of mine. :)
3 songs from 2011 albums
Ry Cooder - No Banker Left Behind
Ry Cooder - El Corrido de Jesse James
Tom Waits - Talking At The Sama Time
And, speaking of 2011 music, don't forget Radiohead's "The Daily Mail."
Todd Rundgren - Bang On The Drum All Day
Frank Zappa - We're Only In It For The Money (Entire album)
Occupy Wall Street isn't a real protest like the protests of the 60's. They actually knew what they were protesting.
The people of Occupy Wall Street are just some spoiled, snotty college kids with nothing better to do.
Anyway, some good protest songs I could think of are Bob Dylan's "Masters of War" and Bob Marley's "Get Up Stand Up". They don't really apply to this "protest", but they're great for protesting.
The average Occupy protestor is between 30 and 40 years old, and not a student. The protestors of the '60s are actually much closer to the people you describe. The initial stages of the protests in the '60s were very similar to what we're seeing now (except with students instead of unemployed people) and also didn't have a lot of media support. It wasn't until the Oglesby speech in DC that they really got a lot of media attention, and not until the Kent State shooting that things really started rolling (that's 5 years later).
The initial '60s protests were also pretty unfocused; they eventually rallied around the anti-war sentiment but the original protestors were about as unfocused as the Occupy movement is now. You seem to be rather misinformed; quite possibly by the American media which is still on the government's side for now and regularly casts the Occupy movement in a negative light they don't really deserve. Much of the European media actually does the same.
I'm not saying they're doing particularly well, or that it's going to be as 'successful' as the '60s protests, but to call it a 'fake protest' is a disservice to these very disillusioned and dedicated people.
They (including Julian Lennon and Rufus Wainwright) actually SANG "Material Girl" during one of their protest days.
While we're on the subject of the Kent State shootings, it only makes sense to include CSNY's "Ohio."
And now that I'm thinking of Neil Young, pretty much anything off of his "Living with War" album would fit too.
And what the hell, let's throw just about anything by Rage Against the Machine (not just "Killing in the Name") onto this list as well.
For those interested, here's are some links that helps break down some of the demographics of the OWS protests.
So yeah, not just college kids.
Thanks, very interesting stuff, that's even fewer unemployed people than I'd read.
Here's my take on the Occupy protests.
At their core, they have a very valid point about the government enabling of Wall Street abuses.
However, they have no:
-Real understanding of economics
-Desire to settle for a crappy, but attainable job to pay the bills until they can find the job they really want
It's all those 90s college kids with cushy childhoods where their parents had six figure 1990s incomes who majored in things like art history. Now, they could easily get some crappy job that pays the bills. But no, they were told they'd never have to settle, and they refuse to, so they expect other people to pay their bills until they get the fun job they expected.
Now I see. BillAdama's the pseudo for Herman Cain
Seriously how can you generalize things like that
I think that on the contrary they have a good understanding of a system where all the gains go private while you have to pay the bills when there are losses
And I suggest we continued that discussion in the non musical thread
Fuck it's not just a question of getting a job. There are things that gvts can do and tbat they refuse to do especially the US and Uk who refuse to touch their financial systems
Count me as one of those with no real understanding of economics. But there's one thing I know, the ones that it's supposed to have this real understanding are doing it really badly. If I did my work as bad as them, I'd be fired by now. But today is the opposite, they receive money coming from the taxes and, worse enough, they are taking the power in the way of a silent assault. Today in Europe the democratically elected presidents (and I'm not going to be the one defending people like Berlusconi or Papandreu) are being replaced by technocrats coming from the same financial élite that generated the crisis (both Monti and Papademos, the new presidents of Italy and Greece, worked previously for Goldman Sachs).
By the way, "Silent Assault" is a good name for a band, isn't it?
That's an incredibly inaccurate description of most European countries. That said, what many northern European countries have been doing has actually worked pretty well, and still does. Why is it that Americans immediately lump together every country in Europe?
Top 500 CEO wages have gone up 37% in the US in the last year, so I'd say the Occupy protesters may have a little something to complain about.
Today is a very sad day, because my most dear and favourite politician, Vaclav Havel, died. I recommend you all to read some of his books concerning his view of politics and peace. It might do you good ...
As 'simple' European I would like to see political and economical systems that work in the interest of the humans' health and personal development. It is commonly accepted now, that communism does not really support this interest, it is less commonly known that capitalism does not do a much better job either. Who needs a free market to generate value, and who needs growth when it means that we do not solve the upcoming energy and environmental problems. Sometimes less is more, I would suggest.
Nobel prize Joseph Stiglitz and economist Jeff Madrick among others expressed their support to the Ocuppy Wall St movement. I think they are neither economically ignorant nor European so...
And it's not just a fiscal question, although I'm in favor of taxes on financial profits.
There are many things in the credit and lending systems that are unethical not to say almost criminal in the US (and it's coming to Europe too). Let me quote Stiglitz
"Our financial markets have an important role to play. They’re supposed to allocate capital and manage risk, but they’ve misallocated capital and created risk. We are bearing the cost of their misdeeds. There’s a system where we’ve socialized losses and privatized gains. That’s not capitalism! That’s not a market economy. That’s a distorted economy, and if we continue with that, we won’t succeed in growing, and we won’t succeed in creating a just society."
See the whole discussion here.
And BillAdama, if I compared you to Cain, it's because he said something very similar like "if you don't have a job it's your fault, don't put the blame on banks". It's a little shorthanded, I admit, but the problem is much wider and complex than that.
I couldn't agree more, Henry
I don't understand why average citizens are so against OWS. So what if there isn't a coherent platform? There are hundreds of things wrong with the current state of the economy that if you "coherently" go after just one we'll still have a problem. I believe it's much more coherent to sit outside the buildings of the people screwing things up and say to them and the government that things suck and they need to fix it.
I think the worst thing is that it's partisan. Clinton screwed things up just as much, if not more than Bush and it goes back further than that. I don't get why the middle class is taking sides with this. The only side they should be taking is their own. It's not just about wealth, it's about not being able to live and compete in the market anymore. You can't open your own business anymore because it will crumble to the ground trying to compete with the big corporations. That's as much as our fault as it is the governments or the corporations for allowing that to happen. But, to be against OWS for trying to drum up support to take a little bit of their country back is ludicrous and again, I don't know why anybody outside of the few would be against it other than that is what they are being told.
No Woody Guthrie song ? You must be kidding me !
I didn't mean to seem like I was attacking Europe, I'm just tired of being compared to GOP candidates whenever I suggest that regulation may possibly have unintended side effects that are harmful.
Now, if you compared me to Ron Paul, I wouldn't have been offended. (Though he is significantly to the right of me on fiscal issues). I would say if Europe is 0, Herman Cain is 100, and democrats are 50, I am at about 60 or 70.
It's obvious there are problems. Money has too much influence in lawmaking, there's all kinds of government-enforced monopolies, banks are being rewarded for making bad investments, and that doesn't even get into environmental abuses.
But it's not nearly as simple as 'Take from the rich and give to the poor and everything will be peachy'. Honestly, I don't care if the rich people are making a lot of money. I'd rather raise up the poor than knock down the rich, and I honestly don't believe knocking down the rich is an effective way to help the poor. Let's put it this way. If nobody is starving, and everybody has enough money to live a decent life, what do you care if a few people have a lot more?
Raising the cost of businesses to do business, or reducing the amount of investment capital is going to stagnate growth and employment. So why can't we address the abuses without attacking the entire system and automatically villainizing anyone who is successful?
I like the idea behind the Occupy movement, but I think as long as they're unwilling to play the game as it is played (Because they think proudly that they shouldn't have to), they're not going to win it.
I really don't think there is any way to totally fix the problem without major, potentially crippling risks. The government bought and sold a global economy and the public bought into the low prices with blinders on as all of their businesses went under. But hey, they could still buy a t-shirt for a couple bucks. People my age, 30 and younger no nothing else but corporate America. The risk of removing tax breaks for rich corporations is that they'll move overseas and still sell their products here without benefiting us. If everyone agreed to support local businesses it wouldn't be an issue and we'd be a self sustaining country again, something we robbed ourselves of... but I don't think we can trust ourselves to do this.
The bleakest and most ominous protest song: The Specials - Ghost Town...
"as long as they're unwilling to play the game as it is played (Because they think proudly that they shouldn't have to), they're not going to win it."
Man, how old are you, 20-so, and you're still resigned ? those people believe the system can be changed, because the game is rigged as Henry said.
There are people who dream about better days, a better world. Why do you think nothing has to be changed ?
Why should people shouldn't be indignant ? Why always talking about growth, growth, growth ? I don't think it makes people happy if you want my opinion, I don't think it is the standard by which you evaluate a country's development.
Why shouldn't people say no to that model ? Sometimes I think that most people who're against the indignant movements all around the world are afraid to question the system they live in.
There was a time when most artists especially rock musicians and rock lovers were rebels.
if you're happy with that system (free market capitalism), good for you. I'm not. You say that regulation can do wrong. I see acountry(the US) in which the absence of regulation caused a major crisis. And I'm gonna say it loud.
Why should I play this game ? Did i chose it ? No
And, sorry to come back to that non musical discussion but when u say «Europe is 0» this is ridiculous, as if Europe was a whole and there was no difference between the right and left here, between the different countries, etc.
I'm done with this debata, let's talk music nowVj
"If Europe is zero" will SOOOO become my new meme... btw, nice read, but this clearly doesn't belong into the music section... Henrik, do you mind if i erase this thread from the Max Headroom library?
My college research that i'm finally starting this week is about trying to find a link or a network among the revolts we saw this year and the up and coming economical crisis. OWS is a minor one. I really focus on what happened in Northern Africa, England, Chile. Now a whole system is fearing a collapse in the hands of greeks, italians. Europe is facing such a growing political-economical crisis, it will surely affect the countries that have any connection to them. People are even starting to talk about those russian protests. There are those rumors that Germany is even considering walking out of EU. I'm starting the studying right now. I must say: it's weird to see the americans and the occident countries fighting to assure dictatorship in many countries that need to be more favorable to them in the Cold War than to the Soviets and a few years later watch the NATO intervene in those very same countries.
The rebels need cohesion and coherence. During the imperialist days of the arly 20th century, countries of the middle east managed to get their independence via protests and then they started internal fights over power, religion as part of the state, which group should take over, which not. If a group doesn't have a identity, they don't have nothing. If Egypt rebels have a islam identity like so many claim when it comes about this arab spring, they will surely start a theocracy in the molds of 79 Iranian Revolution. Democracy is possible in the Middle East, we just need to adapt it to its culture and its people. Democracy is a term that has changed its meaning so much during times, that it amazes me that the neo-liberal way of democracy is usually seen as the only standing.
The chinese could take EU out of the crisis in a minute or two. Will the chinese rule the world? Will the chinese people and its middle class start claiming for changes in their system and then another big protest will emerge? The BRICS are pretty much convenience over real cohesion. EU is cohesion, EU + USA are cohesive. But they both are facing their system newest crisis and each state is starting to look for itself over outright cooperation. Is the US falling out of the high height of international politics gracefully just like England before the First World War?
A professor of mine was arguing about the similarities between our times and the beginnings of the '29 crisis. It's not about economic recession only. Last time, in the between war times, the atmosphere was perfect for the emerging of fascist governments and right-wing, left-wing dictatorships. The '73 oleo crisis was enough to transform the Middle East. Protests have been happening since the crisis of 2008 and i remember the Iranian Election of 2009 that forbidden the people to put their elected candidate in power because of a sent from above decision of the ayatollah. Beware of those economical crises, they never miss the opportunity to spread into politics.
China is a bubble, built on American investments, I wouldn't put too much faith in their ability to "take the EU out of the crisis".
nj you got a point. We really should talk about music;
But the number of posts here suggests that this OWS thing triggered something in many of us, even if like any other group we have our differences (ideological but also cultural).
So let's get back to music and open a thread in the apropriate section of the forum for further discussion
So sorry for those who went looking for protest songs playlists and had to go through our barroom discussion
This thread has become an unstoppable machine lol
I agree with you HRS, I don't want to stop people from expressing themselves, especially after I've done so.
So now please if you want to go on with the political part of this discussion please post in this thread
If Europe is zero...
(I can't believe no one else has posted this before me...)
...then what are 1, 2, 3, and 4? Because I think we all know that man is 5, the devil is 6 and God is 7.