It’s all about this story…
Rock and Roll… heavy metal, punk, indie and gothic industrial.
Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, The Ramones, Midnight Oil, Redgum, U2, Rage against the Machine.
Music is about getting a message across to the people who still have minds. It’s pointing out the fact that the English were invaders in Ireland and basically caused the troubles where the IRA were considered terrorists. It points out that the youth of the times do have problems with life and need to be understood.
Every song has a message written in it about something. AC/DC go out and sing about drinking and girls, U2 got their start singing about the problems in Ireland caused by the English and the IRA. Bob Dylan sang against the Vietnam War. Rage against the Machine sings about the abuses of human rights and the fact that the poor people of the world are getting ripped off by a select few people.
It’s not about sitting around listening to useless untalented people who get their fame from performing on a competition on TV to create a new rock star. These people have no talent and cannot write a good song if they tried. They do covers of songs that were written by real rock stars years ago.
To be perfectly honest, Pop Idol and Rock Star are everything that is wrong with the modern music industry. Casey Chambers and Shannon Noll, they are not musicians. They are pre-packaged pap for the general public who have allowed the music and movie industries to promote mediocrity as something good. Compare Shannon Noll and Jimmy Barnes, who really has the talent there? I can guess that it really isn’t Shannon, no matter how much the music industry promotes him.
The bands that are any good are to some extent protest bands, Cold Chisel’s Khe Sanh… quite probably the one song that everyone will sing to in a pub, is protesting about the Vietnam War and the treatment of the returned servicemen who got treated like dirt when they came back here.
There is protest in every part of our lives if we know where to look. And the people who still have some interest in what’s going on around them are always going to know where to look.
To all those of you who are complaining about the amount of protest music out there, go back to your rock star and pop idol tv shows and live out your life with the lies and mediocrity that you have grown to accept as good. STAY in your homes and don’t come out your front door because there is a real world out there that you don’t care about.
As for me… I will listen to anything that I want to… especially if it is drawing attention to something that I feel strongly about.