A brief interruption to the Times Of Our Lives series but vaguely related to the recent post on 1979.
Ahead of the final Presidential debate this week, the Guardian carried a piece about musicians cobbling together a protest against Donald Trump. The notion isn’t new; protest songs have been the backbone of music since before the lyre was first invented.
In England, Maggie Thatcher came along at just the right time, for music. Punk had liberated, her politics activated people in opposition to her and her policies, so in that spirit, a selections of those songs is below. And I emphasize that this is a selection; Elvis Costello and Paul Weller were both keen social observers in this time and frankly, both wrote dozens of songs damning Thatcher’s Britain.
Back with another in the ‘Times Of Our Lives’ in a couple of days…
|The Larks||Maggie Maggie Maggie Out Out Out|
|The Council Collective||Soul Deep|
|Hue and Cry||Labour of Love|
|Tears For Fears||Sowing The Seeds Of Love|
|Elvis Costello||Tramp The Dirt Down|
|The Faith Brothers||Easter Parade|
|The Redskins||Keep On Keeping On|
|Morrissey||Margaret On the Guillotine|
|Billy Bragg||Between the Wars|
|The Blow Monkeys ft. Curtis Mayfield||Celebrate (The Day After You)|
|The Specials||Maggie’s Farm|
|The Beat||Whine & Grine / Stand Down Margaret|
|The Style Council||The Lodgers (Or She Was Only A Shopkeeper’s Daughter)|
|The Men They Couldn’t Hang||Shirt of Blue|
|Newtown Neurotics||Kick Out The Tories|
|Angelic Upstarts||Two Million Voices|
|Pink Floyd||The Fletcher Memorial Home|
|The Jam||The Great Depression|
|Robb Johnson||More Tea, Margaret?|
|Kitchens Of Distinction||Margaret’s Injection|
|Heaven 17||(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang|
|UB40||One in Ten|
|Barrington Levy||Robin Hood|
|Simply Red||She’ll Have To Go|
|Sinéad O’Connor||Black Boys on Mopeds|
|Fine Young Cannibals||Blue|
|Madness||Blue Skinned Beast|
|Aztec Camera||Good Morning Britain|
The playlist is below or can be opened in your browser here.