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Archive: Aug 2016

  1. Are We About To See A Rise In Political and Protest Music?

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    Should music make you forget about your everyday worries, the troubles of the world and carry you to a safe house of solitude? Or should music grab you by the scruff of the neck, drag you kicking and screaming to the real issues?  Man.  I think it’s kind of a combination of both. They do say that music is inspired by true events and stories, I guess all art is, so with the recent political atmosphere will we see a rise in politically inspired songs?

    I’m not going to sit here and type that all politically charged music is amazing and every piece of music made should be political. That would be ludicrous. I have nightmares of a Hokey Cokey-esque song commenting on the recent EU referendum and I don’t think I can deal with any song similar to Two Tribes by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. However, every now and then a band or artist will take it upon themselves to address a political matter and they will do this so well it forces you to listen. Here’s hoping the recent political climate can produce some songs in the same vein as these tracks.

    The Clash – White Riot

    Public Enemy – Fight the Power

    N.W.A – Fuck Tha Police

    Bob Marley – Get Up Stand Up

    Bob Dylan/Jimi Hendrix – All Along the Watchtower

    Dolly Parton – Just Because I’m A Woman

    Kendrick Lamar – The Blacker The Berry

    Harry Willicombe.

  2. Soundblog

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    I felt inspired to write a bit about Soundtracks, the source of the inspiration is a great Netflix show called Stranger Things

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    Without spoiling the show for you it is a really well put together series that draws a lot of creative influences from 80’s cinema.

    Stranger Things has a very moody soundtrack and constantly gives you clues about the era’s cinema through dialogue and well placed poster art. This made me feel quite nostalgic about the period when I first started collecting LP’s.

    I have always liked collecting Vinyl Soundtrack LP’s, the simple reason being that you not only got the music from the movie, you also got a 12” card sleeve covered in the poster art.

    So here are a few examples of what came to mind while watching the show.

     

    The Goonies:

    Brilliant poster art from Drew Struzan combined with 80’s pop!

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    Firestarter:

    Great story from Stephen King and “weird” synth prog from Tangerine Dream.

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    Escape From New York:

    John Carpenter’s music at it’s creepy best.

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    Close Encounters Of The Third Kind:

    Here the John Williams soundtrack manages to perfectly capture the scale of this epic piece of cinema (Genius).

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    Aliens:

    Simply terrifying, the soundtrack always makes me jump out of my skin, well done to James Horner.

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    Russell Milton