Posted tagged ‘Jello Biafra’

Top 5 songs to play for someone attending a white pride rally

2012/03/23

I’ve never met a white supremacist, or at least a vocal one, but I’ve often thought about what I’d say to them if I did. I figured maybe – as a favor of one Caucasian to another – I could help debunk all their racists myths. You know, show them the holes in the articulate arguments used to support their hatred, such as the profound statement: “deyy toooke arrrrr jeeeeeeeebbbbs!”

And we ain't talkin' about Steve here.

Yep, getting into a socio-economic-political-and-other-hyphenated-words discussion was one option, but I have friends that have tried that and had their lives threatened, so I thought I’d maybe go with a more indirect approach. You know, just play them some songs and let them think about stuff for themselves.

So, if you are trying to get through to someone that is down on their luck, maybe blaming personal misfortune on others, directing their potential towards bad instead of good, or just a racist jerk – this might help. And if you live in Edmonton, now might be a good time to do this since there is a white pride rally planned for this Saturday.

These songs can be played in any order, but I’ve strategically arranged them for maximum impact:

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this post is approved for all audiences

2011/07/20

If President Lukashenko wasn’t so busy running a dictatorship in Belarus, he might have had time to open a history book before banning songs from the radiowaves. The book he should have looked at, The Time Tipper Gore Tried to Censor Music in America, would have told him a story about politicians going after musicians’ right to freedom of speech. While it cost many artists big time cash in legal fees, all Gore and the “Parents Music Resource Center” got out of it were advisory stickers added to some album covers, and a whole lot of publicity for the bands they attacked. Plus, her husband only made it to Vice-President. They must have kicked themselves for not going for environmentalism earlier.

Anyways. Lukashenko has taken a page from the Parents Music Resource Center’s book. Hopefully it causes a grassroots Viktor Tsoi craze in the Belarus that helps topple him from power.

“Belarusian state radio bans politically sensitive songs”
“Belarus has banned the radio broadcast of several popular Russian songs with dissident undertones amid protests against the regime of the President Alexander Lukashenko, sources said today. Over the past few weeks several songs – including late Soviet-era dissident rock icon Viktor Tsoi’s famous “We Are Waiting for Change” – have disappeared from the airwaves of radio stations.”

“Viktor Tsoi’s song banned on Belarusian radio”
“Syarhei Budkin says that one cannot find a logical explanation for such a decision of the radio leadership. ‘I am convinced this ban is to become additional promotion for musicians. Such things happened before. And it was beneficial to Belarusian musicians to have an image of prohibited singers – interest of listeners grew because of that.’ As for the prohibited song by Tsoi, the expert believes that it really can become an anthem of changes in Belarus. ‘It is often heard from cars. Remarkably, there were attempts to ban it in the Soviet times as well. But after so many years it remains relevant,’ Budkin believes.”

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What Krist Novoselic Has Been Doing Since Attaining Nirvana

2010/09/21

Most people know what Dave Grohl has been up to since his days in Nirvana.

Kirst Novoselic, on the other hand, has stayed out of the public limelight (at least compared to Grohl) – BUT he’s still been a very busy bass player.  He’s played in bands like Sweet 75, Eyes Adrift and Flipper. And he’s also been very active in political…activism.

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1st world problems getting you down?

2010/07/30

Is your allowance not high enough?

The car your parents bought you not quite flashy enough?

The clothes you were given for a new school term just not trendy enough?

You were asked to take out the garbage TWICE in order to get the new iphone?

Wow, sounds like you need a holiday!

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Punk and Protest: Laws, Counterculture, Action! Part III

2010/05/22

Now then, here’s part III. You may have noticed that the theme of this blog is supposed to be about the American underground music scene. BUT here I am yattering on about a Canadian band, and “direct actions” that occurred in Canada. Well fear not: This is the part of the story that explores the wider punk community and that means I bring in AMERICA.

Well, eventually I might mention them, so read on!

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Punk as Political

2010/03/08

As mentioned already in the post what the heck do we even call it?  there is a considerable amount of danger in applying labels to music scenes and the bands involved with them. Another serious danger, on par with walking through a minefield that also happens to be in an avalanche area, is defining the terms being used to characterize the scene, or the movement.*

A term that always comes up when discussing punk is “political.” Some define political, or politics, as actively taking part in the political process – voting, running for office, and the like – the argument is that if you go outside that definition, then everything could be defined as a political action, from watching television to walking down the street.

Now many people, myself included, consider punk to be very political. BUT it was usually outside the normal political channels.  There are some examples when people involved in the punk scene became active participants in the political process – Jello Biafra running for mayor of San Francisco for instance – but mainly you didn’t see punk governors or punk prime ministers (sadly).

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