• A Singsong And A Scrap

    19 Feb 2008, 21:11 by cha0sm0nkey

    I used to be a contributor to 'The Loop', a loose collective of compilation-tape swappers, until fatherhood distracted me for a while. I did make a couple of compilations for the kids, though: Thing One liked her third birthday Levellers cd, but this one is a massive hit with the under-six audience. Other families, we hear, have to listen to nursery rhymes in the car. Pah. Play ’em anarchist folk-punk. They love it.

    This was originally put together as a compilation of contemporary protest songs – but it took on a life of its own as its singalong qualities got the back seat involved and occupied on many long car journeys. There’s nothing quite like bombing down the motorway listening to your three-year-old hollering out Chumbawamba covering The Clash

    Loop XXIV (A Singsong and a Scrap)

    1 - Chumbawamba - Bankrobber - (2005)

    Everyone knows the Big Hit Tubthumping, but Chumbawamba have been doing all sorts of different things for ages now…
  • Political/Social/Topical/Protest Songs

    11 Jun 2007, 05:01 by heatherc

    For as long as I can remember, I've been hearing people dismiss political music. The most common reason I hear is why should I listen to this person about their political beliefs. In about 4 out of 5 interviews it seems Will Sheff is dismissing the genre. His comment is that he wants to hear someone challenge his beliefs, not support them. It seems people put some kind of double-standard on music that covers social issues and music that covers any other topic. When Will makes me sympathetic to the father in Black or think the girl in Westfall had it coming, then I'll take into consideration that the political songs I listen to tend not to challenge my beliefs. For a long time I've wanted to write a detailed response to these criticisms, but I never seem to get around to it. So for starters I'll list what I appreciate in political songs:
    1. provide information
    2. make you realize you aren't the only one out there with those beliefs
    3. inspire you to action
    4. vent (for the songwriter and/or listener)