Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Music with a Message

Here are some of the songs I will be playing on my radio program this weekend. As you can see there are both a range of topics and styles. I have been interested to read about the differences between anthems and narratives – most of the songs I have played to date have been anthems but this week I have added a few narratives in.

Narratives are songs which tell a story, advocating for political change, they describe injustice through specific examples. One such song from this list is Bob Dylan’s song about the Boxer, Hurricane, who was targeted by the police because of his colour and found guilty of committing a triple murder. The decision was later challenged and eventually the charges were dropped.

Ice T, Freedom of Speech
Tom Robinson Band, Glad to Be Gay
Peter Tosh, Legalise It
Peter Tosh, Fight Apartheid
Stevie Wonder, Its Wrong (Apartheid)
Simple Minds, Mandela Day
Bob Dylan, Hurricane
Talib Kweli, The Proud
Madness, Waiting for the Ghost Train
Hilltop Hoods, Stopping All Stations
David Dondero, Pre-lnvasion Jitters
Red Gum, I was only 19
A Perfect Circle, Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drum
Country Joe & The Fish, I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die Rag
Donovan, Universal Soldier
System of a Down, Boom!
Jimi Hendrix, Star Spangled Banner
Morrissey, America Is Not The World
John Mellencamp, To Washington
Billy Bragg, Bush War Blues
Pink, Mr President
Barry McGuire, Eve of Destruction
Sarah McLaughlin, World on Fire
Michael Jackson, Heal The World
Eurythmics, Peace is Just a Word
James Brown, Peace in the World

Further Reading
Wikipedia, Hurricane (song) (30 July 2008) <> at 6 August 2008

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