Category Archives: Green Tunes / Protest Songs

(Nov. 11, 2017): Pussy Riot – Police State

From the 2017 Youtube release, Police State. A bit ironic that this finds its initial broadcast through a privacy shredding vehicle like Alphabet (Google’s parent). Still, the band nicely brings Trump and Putin into the same frame. As recounted in … Continue reading

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(October 27, 2017): Chip Taylor & The New Ukrainians – F**k All The Perfect People

Title track from the 2012 album, F**k All The Perfect People.  New Jersey native, Taylor, released his first single in 1961 and has, since 1971, put out at least 25 long players. He joins with a backing band from Sweden … Continue reading

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(October 26, 2017): Depeche Mode – Going Backwards

From the 2017 album, Spirit.  This Martin Gore piece is another tune that captures the dispiriting zietgiest of the second decade of the 21st Century. Most of the other tracks are likewise topical. Perhaps the stage is set for another … Continue reading

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(October 25, 2017): Avishai Cohen – Song of Hope

From the 2017 album, 1970.  Jazz bassist Cohen has produced a record that is not jazz; a much more mainstream offering that has him exercising his pipes. Cohen says this tune was prompted by “the state of the world and … Continue reading

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(October 11, 2017): The Gate 5 – Unknown [Unknowns]

From the 2004 EP, Rummy.  Here you have Donald Rumsfeld’s “existential poetry,” created in the lead up to the second Iraq war, set to music. Classic.

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(July 4, 2017): Steppenwolf: Monster/Suicide/America

From the 1969 album, Monster.  Happy 4th of July. These words from Thomas Jefferson also bear remembering: Thomas Jefferson to Roger Weightman Monticello June 24. 26 Respected Sir The kind invitation I receive from you on the part of the … Continue reading

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(June 25, 2017): Brewer and Shipley – Eco-Catastrophe Blues

From the 1974 album, ST11261.  Hate to say it because I like this duo very much.  But, this is one of those LPs that you can appreciate why it is not better known — even with guests like Al Kooper, … Continue reading

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