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Skepta is now top of the tree and his Konnichiwa album has protest songs (so says the BBC). But how long can you sing songs about being held by cops; when you are a slick hitmaker? The glamour, the people, the money, the need for minders that surround you… the busy schedule that steals your day away …. he may have got there by a DIY route and kept control late in the day. Will he be able to keep it real when its all red carpets and feigning models. I mean Puffy Daddy has run his own businesses for many years; there comes a point when DIY ceases to mean much. It was cute that just before his album started the Time Out rolled up this house and found it used as a storage place for his business. but even then he wasn’t sticking stamps on himself like wot real DIY publishing means.

How long is he gonna rap “The feds wanna shift man / Wanna put me in a van / Wanna strip a man / I ain’t a Chippendale / Wanna strip a male / Put me in a prison cell / Got me biting on my finger nails.” with any conviction?

The analysis will have to get more political, more theoretical, more abstracted from his personal situation. And probably threatening to his own pro feet ability…

Can integrity survive success? Can a radical message survive institutionalisation or being framed on corporate media?

But for now Ok this Tottenham boy wants people to ‘shed preconceptions’ that’s not bad thing. I’m reading Mike Hales book on ‘Thinkwork’ from 1980 and he had this idea of ‘pre conceptualism’ and it set me thinking about whether cultural works can reach out into that pre-idea stage of thinking. There’s a hope music or art might be able to get past the normalisation of our thinking as it enters onto cultural or intellectual platforms… But to do that it would have use very undercapitalised platform, autonomous underground venues, collectively run shows, illegal shebeens maybe, but not a gallery. How is it done? How is it done?

 

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“A Nigerian singer known for singing about corrupt politicians has been found five days after he was kidnapped.”BBC 29 June 2016

This song, ‘Gyara Kayanka’, is the reason he was kidnapped and threatened. Ado is from the state of Adamawa and I think the song is in the Hausa language. Anyone have a translation of the lyrics?

 

 

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

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Vinyl Therapy lets people play three tracks on the theme of the month – This month it was politics! photo(1) photo(2) the tracklist for #vinyltherapy Politics (2/5/15) London was:

Gianna ‘The Ballad of Ho Chi Minh’ Ewan Macoll ‘The Times They Are a’ Changin’ Brothers & Sisters ‘Fight the Power’ Public Enemy

Worth ‘For What It’s Worth’ Stapel Singers ‘Political Science’ Randy Newman ‘I Spy (for the FBI)’ Jamo Thomas

Simon ‘Synthetic World’ Jimmy Cliff ‘Lie Down and Be Counted’ Neil Innes ‘Abraham, Martin & John’ Marvin Gaye

Marc ‘Oh Bondage! Up Yours!’ X-Ray Spex ‘Venceremos – We Will Win’ Working Week ‘Struggling Man’ Jimmy Cliff

Carmel ‘I’m Going Left’ Syreeta ‘Clean Up THe Ghetto’ Philadelphia All Stars ‘Takin’ It To The Streets’ Doobie Brothers

Gill ‘Diet’ Au Pairs ‘Little Hitler’ Everything But The Girl ‘Children of the Revolution’ T-Rex

John ‘Get Up Stand Up’ Big Youth ‘Inner City Blues’ Grover Washington Jr. ‘Funky President’ James Brown

Kim ‘Graffiti Limbo’ Michelle Shocked ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ Joan Baez ‘You Haven’t Done Nothin’ Stevie Wonder

Sally ‘(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang’ Heaven 17 ‘News at Ten’ The Vapors ‘White Riot’ The Clash

Christine ‘Hard Times’ Human League ‘Somesay’ Wah! Heat ‘Sweet Talking Guy’ The Chiffons

Rachel ‘Part of the Union’ The Strawbs ‘I’m Alright Jack’ Tom Robinson ‘Big A Little A’ Crass Eva ‘Glad to be Gay’ Tom Robinson Band

Pete ‘Johannesburg’ Gil Scott Heron ‘Right On Be Free’ Voices of East Harlem ‘Hell’ James Brown

Billy ‘This Is Your’ Captain Sensible ‘Floating Anarchy Radio’ Here & Now ‘Kill For Peace’ The Fugs

Clive ‘How Can a Poor Man Live Such Times?’ Blind Alfred Reed ‘Outlaw’ Eugene Macdaniels ‘Mao! Mao!’ Claude Channes Maya ‘Keep On Keepin On’ Redskins ‘Babylon’s Burning’ The Ruts ‘English Civil War’ The Clash

Bryan ‘Wind of Change’ Robert Wyatt & Jerry Dammers ‘Breadline Britain’ Jimmy Sommerville ‘Handsworth Revolution’ Steel Pulse

Lisa ‘Margaret on the Guillotine’ Morrissey ‘Good Evening Mr Waldheim’ Lou Reed ‘Belfast’ Boney M

Matt ‘The more that I see (the less I believe)’ Fun Boy 3 ‘Comrades’ Test Department ‘Economics’ Bumbites

Mick ‘If a Peanut Framer can do it (so can I)’ Ed Townsend ‘Get Involved’ George Soule ‘I’m Backing Britain’ Bruce Forsythe

Wayne ‘Dirty Laundry’ Curtis Mayfield ‘Independant Intavenshan’ Linton Kwesi Johnson ‘Same Song’ Israel Vibration

Ian ‘The Last of England’ Simon Fisher Turner/Derek Jarman ‘Bonzo Goes to Bitburg’ The Ramones ‘Kennedy’ The Wedding Present

Rod ‘Nixon’s The One’ Kathryn Duffy & The Enemies ‘(For God’s Sake) Give More Power To The People’ Chi-Lites ‘Revolution’ The Beatles

Andy ‘Holiday In Cambodia’ DJ Lebowitz ‘Jerusalem’ Mark Stewart & The Maffia ‘I am the fly’ Adam Sky

Denise ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ Johnny Cash ‘Kill The Poor’ Dead Kennedys ‘Forward To Death’ Dead Kennedys

******** Extras included: ‘Elected’ Alice Cooper ‘Crazy Baldhead’ Bob Marley & The Wailers ‘I hate Hate’ Razzy & The Neighbourhood Kids ‘The Message’ Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five ‘Gonna Be a Showdown’ Archie Bell & The Drells ‘Harlan County’ Jim Ford ‘Autonomy’ Buzzcocks ‘Cunts are still running the World’ Jarvis Cocker

Their archive of past events:   https://thelisteningcure.wordpress.com

Finally winning a Brit award for her last album ‘A Perfect Contradiction’ that was supercharged by Pharrell Williams and Plan B contributions. A working class hero is something (not easy) to be – Paloma has apparently hired fluffy Owen Jones to be her support act, or is it well-educated mouthpiece, in London and Brighton gigs. Jones is perhaps hoping for a return of ‘Rock Against Racism’ to turn back the tide of Ukip buffoonery . Let’s hope the suffocating world of suck-cess doesn’t shut Paloma up.

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“My mum gets upset when I say I’m working class. She goes, ‘I worked bloody hard for you not to be working class! At least say you’re lower middle class!’ But if I’m looking at what has been praised in recent years there do seem to be a lot of white middle-class boys who, in my view, have it easiest in the entire world… They’re very well represented in the music industry at the moment.” from an interview with Adrian Deevoy in the Mail 14-2-15 She has said she can’t write political songs, but as we showed with Agit Disco there are ‘shed loads’ of political songs out there she could do or team up with the singer-songwriter of… So come on Paloma but your mouth where your money is. At the same time MasterCard is cashing in on her in the Brits and Paloma is an ‘ambassador’ for the Prince’s Trust who helped her out when she was younger – so success suckers you in sly sorts of ways.

Owen Jones later considers his experience in a Guardian Article

Charles Trenet’s patriotic ‘Douce France‘ 1943 was reinterpreted in 1986 by the French rock band Carte de Séjour (meaning “green card”, “residence permit”), whose lead singer was Rachid Taha.

“The social context of the time and the identity of the musicians (born in France from Algerian immigrants) give it a completely different meaning. To take this standard patriotic song and to sing it with this “furious irony” was actually very provocative and can be considered as an act of protestation against discrimination.”

Here is a more recent version by Madjao:
 Thanks to Sharon Kivland

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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A barefoot star from my youth has turned up as an unlikely champion of working class musicians. Attacks the Simon Cowell ersatz music star machine into the bargain. Speaking to a Culture, Media and Sport select committee Shaw said:

“Finance is the biggest barrier for emerging artists… At the moment, unless you’re Mumford & Sons and come from a public school and have a rich family that can support you, you’re on the dole and you’re trying to work and by the time you get a sniff of a record contract you just grab anything that they might offer you.”
Shaw told MPs: “So many artists are disadvantaged. They cannot start because of their background and the best music comes from those in challenging backgrounds, it comes from Glasgow, Manchester, Essex, it comes from places and people that are really struggling to make some meaning out of their existence… So all we’re getting is a load of Simon Cowell-type stuff that is being paid for and owned by people and the artists are just mere puppets.”
Fuller report here:
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/sandie-shaw-hits-out-at-music-industry-dominated-by-simon-cowell-8550494.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-21951431

You have to admire the sheer bravado of this Fugee rap star in the way he looked back at his Haitian heritage, was appalled at the current situation and decided to take it in hand by running for president! As interventionist performance art its brilliant. He’s now turned the adventure into a musical product which I could be cynical about it it wasn’t for the fact that he’s put or raised about $9M with Yele Haiti to put into clean water and education. I’ve always wondered why some of the working class hero pop stars millions can’t be seen to go towards class emancipation. Maybe we don’t hear about it often enough … I know George Michael does stuff…