Tuesday, August 31, 2010

To Mold a New Reality

OK, long time for a response to Dave's classic rock post. Rock has been used to express rebellion against authority since the style was invented ("Yackedy Yack. Don't talk back!").

I'm interested in those songs/albums that protested totalitarian government-not the vapid songs like "Signs" sung by Five Man Electrical Band while they performed from a stage surrounded by security guards and signs that said "authorized personnel only."

For example,

Rush (2112, Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures);
Pink Floyd's The Wall;
Paul Kantner - Blows Against The Empire;
Rage Against the Machine
Sid Vicious
Black Flag,
Anti Flag,
Bad Religion,
Dead Kennedys,
Oi Polloi
Styx' Mr Roboto.

Rush, for example, puts the source of change and hope in the government:
And the men who hold high places
Must be the ones who start
to mold a new reality
Closer to the Heart
Closer to the Heart
The irony is that these groups tend to be pro statist and in favor of socialism. 

Rush's lyrics could be (and sing this to the tune of "Closer to the Heart")

"O Oysters, come and walk with us!"
The Walrus did beseech.
"A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
Along the briny beach:
We cannot do with more than four,
To give a hand to each."

"It seems a shame," the Walrus said,
"To play them such a trick,
After we've brought them out so far,
And made them trot so quick!"
The Carpenter said nothing but
"The butter's spread too thick!"

"O Oysters," said the Carpenter,
"You've had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?'
But answer came there none--
And this was scarcely odd, because
They'd eaten every one.

Dave, your question was about "Classic Rock" and what makes it "Classic." I think the word "Classic" means "I'm more than 35 years old and this is the stuff that was popular when I was in high school. Now I can't get a real job, so I DJ at the radio station and this is my collection." 

"Wrong, Do it again!"
"If you don't eat yer meat, you can't have any pudding. How can you have any pudding if you don't eat yer meat?"

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