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