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“Darcus Beese OBE, President, Island Records and son of prominent British Black Pantheractivists, Darcus Howe and Barbara Beese, explains why music was critical to this movement and shares a selection of tracks which reflect this.”

This is what we used to call recuperation; notice the TATE branding! Its pretty full on though and in the context of a show that many people admire as including the most political work of the time. The w word oppression is used… I guess the Tate wouldn’t see themselves as ‘oppressors’ and it will be interesting to see if reviews bring class into the analysis.



Michael Kemp writes on F*Bk: “Walked out in the rain a couple of days ago and spied a ‘REMAIN’ poster in the window of the student household at the bottom of the street. That put a spring in my step, so, when I got home, I made them a CD compilation – “A Song for Europe” and lobbed it thru’ the letterbox.”

01 Should I Stay or Should I Go? (3:07) ~ The Clash
02 If You Want Me to Stay (3:01) ~ Sly & The Family Stone
03 Welcome to Craggy Island (2:57) ~ Father Ted
04 A Song for Europe (5:47) ~ Roxy Music
05 Together Stronger (3:48) ~ Manic Street Preachers
06 Boris the Spider (2:30) ~ The Who
07 Mon amie la rose (2:17) ~ Françoise Hardy
08 Stay With Me (By the Sea) (3:23) ~ Al Green
09 Stormy Weather (1952 version) (3:43) ~ Billie Holiday
10 Emotional Weather Report (3:47) ~ Tom Waits
11 Flood (4:47) ~ Jocelyn Pook
12 I Love EU (5:05) ~ Gruff Rhys
13 Café Europa (4:17) ~ Deep Forest
14 The Hall of Mirrors in the Palace at Versailles (7:59) ~ John Cale & Terry Riley
15 Let’s Work Together (3:12) ~ Ry Cooder


Stefan played his 45s first. Chronological with a few themes interwoven:  class and language; class oppression; local musics; post colonial solidarity; subversive B-sides; Psych-pop and youth consciousness forming on a very emotive plane.

1958 ‘Life of a Millionaire’ by Scrapper Blackwell  (record 1967) Replacement for a lost Sonny Boy Williamson 2 EP

1958  ‘Three O’clock Thrill’ by Kalin Twins. One hit wonders.  Subversive B-side theme  Media gatekeeping good taste/ vulgarity/ key word= BOWDLERISATION

1960  ‘My Old Mans a Dustman’ by Lonnie Donegan – Royal Variety story  theme: class and language  Smash Deference/ class oppression theme. Connection to music hall.

1964 ‘In The Bath’ by Flanders and Swann – Genteel English rap music?!  Hygiene? Class dirt?  class oppression theme. Connection to music hall via respectable and regulated Variety.

1965  ‘My Generation’ – The Who  “Why doncha all FFFF… fade away!” Primetime TV fracture of the media screen.

1966 ‘Shanty Town’ – Desmond Dekker. Lived in Thornton Heath.

NOT THIS ONE !  1978 Sex Pistols do ‘God Save the Queen’ in the UK conspicuous by its absence among my 45s – now very rare. Smash deference!

1977 Oh Bondage Up Yours – X Ray Spex. Poly Styrene at Oval House workshops in Seventies. (not played in Sheffield – left of the printed list I used)

1979 ‘Common as Muck’  – Ian Dury  theme: class and language.

‘Reasons to be Cheerful’   an artwork, or as young Rocko said “Lots of detail”.

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She was a model of upward mobility in our divisive meritocracy. But she was also driven by hatred for working class people who don’t want to aspire to values of the upper classes. When the Poll Tax Refusal-to-Pay campaign brought her down the Tories tried to find another lower class frontman. But John Major with his musichall roots was mild in comparison; Tony ‘Gulf War’ Blair did a better job. Now they are not trying to hide behind a lowerclass nutcase. Now its down to putting forward the best toff illusionists and smarmy charm merchant they can find amongst their own ranks. Bring in Darren Brown to expose their chicanery. They will fail.

Thatcher was a symbol and so is her death. If she stood for lower class division and self-hatred and the coldest free market ‘logic’ then her death can be a symbol of how that must perish. The alien worm of class hatred had entered her brain at some stage. Once she had felt the admiration of the rich and eminent she was hooked on the power they lent her.

Now she is dead the minds of all the remaining zombies of aspiration to self-hatred can finally be freed from their ‘Belief’ in humilating Toff Coalition bollix. But there is only one thing that must be done first to clear out any lingering psychosomatic effects. Shake to this ritual concoction of music.

ONE  Test Dept.

TWO  The Beat

THREE  Crass

FOUR Hard Skin

FIVE  Demon Rockers

SIX  Hefner

SEVEN Pete Wylie

EIGHT  notsensibles

NINE  The Specials

TEN The Newtown Neurotics

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