Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Music With a Message

Here are some of the songs I played in my radio program last week. I had a ‘womens hour’ first up with some great songs about being independent, reflecting on the place of women in society and addressing issues that women face. The second half of the program was more general political music:

Helen Reddy, I am Woman
Pink, Stupid Girls
Tracy Chapman, Behind the Wall
Sinead O’Connor, No Mans Woman
Sinead O’Connor, Daddy I’m Fine
Lions Gate Chorus, Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves
Alicia Keys , A Woman’s Worth
Christine Aguilera, Can’t Hold Us Down
Queen Latifah, U.N.I.T.Y
Vitamin Spins/Destiny’s Child, Independent Women Part 1
Ani DiFranco, Out of Range
Merideth Brooks, Bitch
Neneh Cherry, Woman
Just a Girl, No Doubt
Aretha Franklin, RESPECT

Arrested Development, Revolution
Arrested Development, Mr Wendel
Joni Mitchell, Big Yellow Taxi
Pixies, Monkey Gone to Heaven
Country Joe McDonald, Save The Whales!
Buffy Sainte-Marie, Universal Soldier
Blue King Brown, Comin’ Through
Blue King Brown, Come & Check Your Head
John Butler Trio, Fire in the Sky
Dukes of Windsor, It’s a War
Billy Bragg, Help Save the Youth of America
Pete Seeger, We Shall Overcome
Yoko Ono etc, Give Peace a Chance

I really like the sarcasm in 'Just a Girl' by No Doubt and the Destiny's Child song 'Independent Women' also stands out as a great feminist song.

The Country Joe McDonald 'Save the Whales!' song was an unexpected find from eMusic - I am loving having the opportunity to explore new music - check this song out if you get the chance.

This week (barring any computer crashes) I hope to be playing these tunes:

Blue King Brown, Us and Them
Pattie Smith, People Have the Power
Ghost Writers, Political Animal
Anne Feeney, Have You Been to Jail For Justice?
Edwin Starr, War
The Neville Brothers, With God On Our Side
The Clash, The Guns of Brixton
Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Oliver’s Army
Pete Murray, George’s Helper
U2, Walk On
Paul Kelly & The Coloured Girls Bicentennial, Bicentennial
Our Land Our Home, Solid Rock
Our Land Our Home, Land Rights

Arrested Development, Lost Soldiers
Arrested Development, People Everyday
Billie Holiday, Strange Fruit
Len Chandler, Murder on the Road to Alabama
Chuck D & the SLAMjamz Artist Revue, Say it Loud: I’m Black and I’m Proud
Billy Bragg, Ideology
Billy Bragg , Days Like These
John Butler Trio, The Gov Did Nothing
John Butler Trio, Ocean
Salt Water, Julian Lennon
Anne Feeney, The Corporate Welfare Song
Joe Glazer, There’s Power In a Union
James Brown, Peace in the World

Anne Feeney’s Corporate Welfare Song is one favourite from this list (although there are many that I really like) – this song speaks of the stupidity in governments providing subsidies and financial support to corporations at the expense of its own people. The James Brown song 'Peace in the World' is also worth a listen and is available on eMusic .

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