Tuesday, May 03, 2005
Another Protest Song
I don't normally make music recommendations here--OK, I never have--but there's a first time for everything. I keep hearing how my generation (I'm 27) doesn't have "real" protest music like there was back in the day ("the day" being, of course, the 60's). Mostly, I have to agree--but not because the music isn't there, but rather because it's burried under piles of comercial garbage--99% of the music out there. Some bands use a serious message, but mostly it's marketing. Rebelion sells--in a "how do you afford your rock & roll lifestyle" sort of way. And most of rebellion is just image: the fine lads in Green Day apear to be serious about their message--too bad they don't communicate the meat of it lyrically. Sum 41 made a valiant--if slightly affected--attempt on "Black & Green" (The title itself a reference to primitivism and green-anarchy). But I honestly can't remember the last time that I heard something quite as powerful, poignant and politically charged as Rise Against's latest, A Siren Song for the Counter Culture. Watch the video for "Give It All" on their website, or wait until "Lords of Dogtown"comes out this summer--they perform a Black Flag cover for the soundtrack, and appear in the film.