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TyBo123
12-17-2005, 08:34 PM
I was just wondering who you guys think is the most political band. My vote would have to be Rage against the machine.

ratiug_player
12-17-2005, 08:40 PM
anti flag definently

OaklandRaider24
12-17-2005, 08:41 PM
sex pistols

Twilight
12-17-2005, 08:41 PM
anti-flag x2

Tedrick
12-17-2005, 08:43 PM
anti-flag has to be #1

supersonic23
12-17-2005, 08:44 PM
i'd say anti-flag, Sex Pistol's, Rage Against The Machine, Maybe Rise Against, and Definitely Bad Religon

misfits385
12-17-2005, 08:45 PM
anti flag definently

Yeah.

Uncle Salty
12-17-2005, 08:46 PM
nobody has said John Lennon or The Clash yet

supersonic23
12-17-2005, 08:47 PM
nobody has said John Lennon or The Clash yet

Them too

starsnostars
12-17-2005, 10:03 PM
most political without having to say a word would be godspeed you black emperor

Anghellic
12-17-2005, 10:36 PM
Napalm Death. Political Grindcore = awesomeness.

lcf218
12-17-2005, 11:52 PM
what about Propagandhi!?

YAY_FOR_PIE
12-18-2005, 12:40 PM
I agree with Anti-flag.

botchlariot
12-18-2005, 02:18 PM
RAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


AGAINST THE MACHINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

fo sho.

TimiHendrix33
12-18-2005, 02:49 PM
Rage Against the Machine
Anti-Flag
New Green Day
John Lennon
Sex Pistols

supersonic23
12-18-2005, 03:29 PM
Rage Against the Machine
Anti-Flag
New Green Day
John Lennon
Sex Pistols

ugh sorry but it was only a matter of time before somebody said Green Day

bored_stupid
12-19-2005, 03:07 AM
Dead Kennedys
RATM
Sex Pistols
Anti- Flag
The Clash
Bad Religion
(possibly) Megadeth.

Vindicare
12-19-2005, 05:08 AM
Rage all the way with out question.

telemaster1952
12-19-2005, 11:13 AM
Rage Against the Machine
Anti-Flag
New Green Day
John Lennon
Sex Pistols

i agree with that list exc. Greenday is a group of pot smoking idiots who in modernday society cant survive, they cant even play their instruments

the clash
bob marley

Gideon Ravenor
12-19-2005, 01:50 PM
RATM,
Bad religion,
dead kennedys,
anti-flag,
clash,
stiff little fingers,
REM,
Radiohead,
bob dylan,
manic street preachers,
Rise against,

u smell!
12-19-2005, 01:59 PM
for each country

Dead kennedys

the Clash

stiff little fingers

Choking Victim are quite political

any punk band is generally political it just sorting through the ****e to find the ones that are making the right points for the right reasons and arn't just doing it for kicks.

wireless89
12-20-2005, 03:50 PM
I'll second MSP,

And not that they get much press on here for obvious reasons, but what about Public Enemy?

i_strum_i_drum
12-20-2005, 04:19 PM
my vote goes to rage against the machine.

hardrock1315
12-20-2005, 04:22 PM
i agree with that list exc. Greenday is a group of pot smoking idiots who in modernday society cant survive, they cant even play their instruments

the clash
bob marley

You just said that Green Day were potsmoking idiots and then praised Bob Marley. Do you realize that?

And my vote goes to Aus Rotten.

sadistic_monkey
12-20-2005, 04:24 PM
RATM and SOAD

deusexbass2150
12-20-2005, 04:26 PM
Rage definatly and they were (imo) the most "in your face" band about it

ParaOrdance
12-21-2005, 01:12 AM
I would have to go with Bad Religion

danger_boy_13
12-21-2005, 08:09 AM
Anti-Flag for sure, then maybe RATM after them.

The Bled
12-21-2005, 04:39 PM
Dead Kennedys
Nausea
Crass
Discharge
Anti Product
Contravene

skeptopotamus
12-21-2005, 07:46 PM
Kelly Clarkson















Yes I was joking

whyvern
12-21-2005, 11:26 PM
For those of you saying Rage Against the Machine or Anti-Flag... you should probably look at some Crimethinc bands because they are definitaly more political than any of those bands could ever be. While I may not agree 100% with their politics they make every effort to live the life they sing about.

Check out, Reqieum and Zegota for starters.

http://www.crimethinc.com/


For a good noncrimethinc band that is a little more tolerant... check out Kakistocracy:


http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=19611776

rblotnicky
12-22-2005, 02:59 AM
Rage against the machine, Otep, system of a Down, Anti-flag for sure, Bad Religion, and disturbed's most recent album is fairly political as well...

kirkisking
12-22-2005, 04:59 AM
I have a lot, but my favorites are Rage Against the Machine, Napalm Death, and System of a Down.

sundaybest
12-22-2005, 05:29 AM
RATM or Bad Religion

Hanzi_G
12-22-2005, 11:40 AM
Green Day:haha

haha in all seriousness, Bloc Party maybe? I dunno. I don't listen to alot of political bands.

funkyrabbit7
12-22-2005, 02:13 PM
RATM and SOAD

I agree with you

primusfan
12-22-2005, 07:00 PM
For those of you saying Rage Against the Machine or Anti-Flag... you should probably look at some Crimethinc bands because they are definitaly more political than any of those bands could ever be. While I may not agree 100% with their politics they make every effort to live the life they sing about.

Check out, Reqieum and Zegota for starters.

http://www.crimethinc.com/


For a good noncrimethinc band that is a little more tolerant... check out Kakistocracy:


http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=19611776

Listen to him. whyvern suggests only the best and nothing less.

daytripper75
12-22-2005, 08:11 PM
well, basically every Rage Against the Machine song is political, so ill say Rage.

though Anti-Flag is very political too, and so are quite a few punk bands.

crazygluedmybut
12-22-2005, 08:21 PM
definitley dk. i'm surprised it took several posts for it to show up!

FenderStrat21
12-22-2005, 08:40 PM
SOAD!!! etc

Jearl
12-24-2005, 02:24 PM
Ccr

telemaster1952
12-24-2005, 07:07 PM
You just said that Green Day were potsmoking idiots and then praised Bob Marley. Do you realize that?

And my vote goes to Aus Rotten.

ya so?

i hatethem for not being able to play their instruments and being considered "good", dirnt is the only one with any talent and he barely has that, their music is lousy

sorry i just really dislike modern greenday

u smell!
12-29-2005, 06:34 PM
[QUOTE=Hanzi_G]haha in all seriousness, Bloc Party maybe? I dunno. I don't listen to alot of political bands.[/QUOTE

did you really just say that

are you ok! had small trip or fall lately? are you drunk/stoned/joking please gear lord tell me you're joking! ]

spaulding91
12-30-2005, 02:57 PM
rise against


"If we're the flagship of peace and prosperity
We're taking on water and about to ****in' sink
No one seems to notice, no one even blinks
The crew all left the passengers to die under the sea

Countdown, to the very end,
Equality, an invitation that we wont extend
Ready aim, pull the trigger now,
in time you firmly secure your place in hell

State of the union address,
reads war torn country still a mess
the words: power, death, and distorted truth
are read between the lines of the red, white, and blue"

lespaul56
12-30-2005, 03:19 PM
Green Day is probably the most political band in my opinion. On the DVD Bullet in a Bible they said that the song Holiday was a big F- you to all the politicians. Thats my opinion.

"Zieg Heil to the president gasman
Bombs away is your punishment
Pulverize the Eiffel towers
Who criticize your government
Bang bang goes the broken glass and
Kill all the fags that don't agree
Trials by fire, setting fire
Is not a way that's meant for me
Just cause, just cause, because we're outlaws yeah!" :headbang: :peace:

Jearl
12-30-2005, 10:49 PM
[QUOTE=lespaul56]
Is not a way that's meant for me
QUOTE]


then get the **** out of the country if you dont like it.

with that being said, one part in a song doesnt really make you political. and just because you have the word "American" in a song doesnt really make you political.

newyorkdolls138
12-30-2005, 11:11 PM
John Lennon
Dead Kennedys are about 983742 times more political than anti-flag.
Crass are as well.
Bob Dylan has a lot.

starsnostars
12-30-2005, 11:49 PM
Green Day is probably the most political band in my opinion. On the DVD Bullet in a Bible they said that the song Holiday was a big F- you to all the politicians. Thats my opinion.

"Zieg Heil to the president gasman
Bombs away is your punishment
Pulverize the Eiffel towers
Who criticize your government
Bang bang goes the broken glass and
Kill all the fags that don't agree
Trials by fire, setting fire
Is not a way that's meant for me
Just cause, just cause, because we're outlaws yeah!" :headbang: :peace:

yeah, they were so political pre-2004

jonah_strong
12-31-2005, 11:56 PM
yeah definetley green day with ther american idiot stuff

telex289
01-01-2006, 03:49 AM
any lo-cash/hardcore punk band

The UG Squirrel
01-01-2006, 03:59 AM
Midnight Oil.

joshsirjoshules
01-02-2006, 11:50 AM
Midnight Oil.

YES!!! Finally someone around recognizes Midnight Oil.

Why does everyone say the Sex Pistols? They weren't all that political, they were more about pissing people off than anything.

The Clash
Stiff Little Fingers
Gang Of Four

newyorkdolls138
01-02-2006, 12:10 PM
ANY THING inolving Jello Biafra.

blood_to_bleed
01-05-2006, 10:39 AM
In my opion an obvious one would be nofx

theanswers41
01-05-2006, 12:13 PM
system of a down

starsnostars
01-05-2006, 01:10 PM
you guys do realize that a band may say that they hate bush and make an album of it, but that no way means they have any real political beliefs

Catch23
01-05-2006, 02:51 PM
Dead Kennedys
Nausea
Crass
Discharge
Anti Product
Contravene
I agree with this list.

Crobat
01-05-2006, 04:30 PM
anti flag, SOAD (just one person said it lol), RATM and maybe korn's new album =p

greenday2003
01-05-2006, 05:55 PM
Soad, Nofx,propagandhi,ratm, Randy, REFUSED, suicide machines, SlF

hardrock1315
01-05-2006, 09:19 PM
ya so?

i hatethem for not being able to play their instruments and being considered "good", dirnt is the only one with any talent and he barely has that, their music is lousy

sorry i just really dislike modern greenday

Yeah, but you used potsmoking as an insult. And I actually agree with you that Green Day is DEFINITELY not the most political band.

Anyone who has one non-political song is off the list, because many bands have ONLY politicaly songs, like Aus Rotten, Chaos UK, Conflict, Crass, Oi Polloi, Nausea, Reagan Youth, Subhumans, Varukers, Whitch Hunat, and more.

Constantine
01-06-2006, 01:34 PM
Bob Marley was very political... When he was still alive.

Draken
01-06-2006, 01:45 PM
Dead Kennedys, Bad Religion, Stiff Little fingers, The Clash, RATM, Anti-Flag, Pennywise, Rise Against, Bob Dylan, Manic Street Preachers, R.E.M., Radiohead, John Lennon, DOA,

These are the political bands i have on my PC.

seljer
01-06-2006, 02:37 PM
Propaghandi, just look at their wikipedia entry:

Propagandhi is a progressive punk rock/thrash band formed in Winnipeg, Canada in 1992 by Chris Hannah, Jord Samolesky and John K. Samson.

Featuring noticable political involvement especially taking on ignored topics and standing up against human rights violations, the band's political attitude includes anti-racism, anti-imperialism, anti-fascism, anarchism and anti-capitalism. Moral and ethical attitudes include pacifism and veganism.

prsfloyd
01-06-2006, 02:41 PM
Faget Ass System Of Crap

duncang
01-07-2006, 09:55 AM
Anyone who says Green Day deserves to be shot.

RATM
The Clash
Rise Against
Public Enemy

Andrew Zara
01-07-2006, 05:57 PM
System Of A Down

ParaOrdance
01-09-2006, 01:32 PM
Lol, never would of guessed Green Day would be considered political :D . Never listened to them. But considering the majority of Green Day's fans are young and most of the young people I know do not know one iota about politics, I would not of ever thought Green Day would have anything to do with politics.

no.1relientkfan
01-10-2006, 07:33 PM
I agree with all you hippies who put Anti Flag

Kartman
10-23-2006, 01:16 AM
Neil Young.

riseagainst0185
10-24-2006, 09:53 PM
the new ignite cd, some songs are so in your face it gives me chills. dunno if anyones heard of em but it's some pretty good music.

Dingoman
10-25-2006, 07:24 AM
If they havent completly sold out,chances are there political
ex)Bad Religion,System of A Down,AntiFlag,RAGE,Rise Against...

robertpisarek
07-16-2007, 06:20 AM
Look, Rage against the machine and the other one's are Bull****

The Clash (Listen to the lyrics in they're songs)
Sex Pistols
Bob Marley
Dead Kennedys
NOFX (By Tons)
SHAM69
Stiff Little Fingers

The Clash win by far like Spanish bombs, Know your rights , White man in hammersmith palais and NOFX (BAND) WIN 2ND BY TONS
!!!

Bob marley is raggea but he still counts

PunK lIves

robertpisarek
07-16-2007, 06:22 AM
Anarchism Is ****ing stupid ppl would just go and kill each other You would ****ing die 1st day if you didn't i would kill you!

Left-Wing is the best! Up Socialism/Communism

slayer1516
07-16-2007, 10:53 AM
Megadeth is very political

and greenday are not political, they just jumped on the anti-bush bandwagon

Eruption_Rocker
07-16-2007, 01:31 PM
Here are my favorite political bands:

System Of A Down
Rage Against The Machine
Black Flag
Sex Pistols

Doolittle
07-16-2007, 01:49 PM
YES!!! Finally someone around recognizes Midnight Oil.

Why does everyone say the Sex Pistols? They weren't all that political, they were more about pissing people off than anything.

The Clash
Stiff Little Fingers
Gang Of Four
Thank ****ing God for you, joshsirjoshules.
I was gonna say what the hell? The Sex Pistols? as most political band ever?!
And i was gonna say Gang of Four!
so i'd say
Gang of Four
The Minutemen
Public Enemy
The Roots
Mos Def
yeah some hip-hop, OMFG

BloodyK13
07-17-2007, 04:22 PM
Dead Kennedys are number 1 in this contest without a doubt basically any punk band is up at the top anyway but DK is number 1 imo

ndakasimba
07-17-2007, 07:51 PM
Anyone heard of State Radio?

There's a local band around here that has a song called "How to get ****ed in the ass with a flagpole and like it." That's fairly political, I'd say...

xX*Zeppelin*Xx
07-17-2007, 08:21 PM
Woody Guthrie

Slipping_Away
07-17-2007, 11:11 PM
Pretty much reposting what most people have said... but...

Rage
Anti-Flag
Bad Religion

If I had to chose one it'd definitely be Anti-Flag, though I think Rage speaks a stronger, more forceful message.

Sneak King
07-18-2007, 12:35 AM
Propagandhi most definately.

They also make a lot more of an effort to actually live by their politics than a lot of other political bands.

bobbyj84
07-18-2007, 12:43 AM
U2 anyone?

jpx52
07-20-2007, 02:12 AM
RATM
John Butler Trio
Anti-Flag
Bad Religion
A Perfect Circle

guitarist_with_
07-20-2007, 07:34 AM
Midnight Oil outweighs them all.

vortex of life
07-20-2007, 09:05 AM
In the world of nu-metal
Mudvayne's album 'The end of all things to come' went quite anti-terror
And Stone Sours second album 'come what(ever) may', some songs were directed at George Bush, songs like Sillyworld and comewhat(ever) may

Skam127
08-20-2007, 07:09 PM
Easily Midnight Oil the great Australian band even though Peter Garret has kinda sold out on his old ideals they still rock and really push the political agenda in a smart and powerful way.

Perhaps Rage Against the Machine could be there but they oversimplify, something Midnight Oil never did.

Logan_B
08-21-2007, 02:43 PM
anti flag definently

yeah Anti Flag who are the prime example of Left Wing politics.....they are like the Liberals of Canada......they think our Prime Minister Stephen Harper is a MotherF*cker......He's the best thing thats happened to Canada since the last time Conservative was in power!! yay no more Liberal bastards

Kizna
08-24-2007, 01:47 PM
A lot of bands from a lot of stateless nations that want the independence.
Fermin Muguruza could be a good example, from Euskal Herria.

neidnarb11890
08-24-2007, 01:56 PM
Crass

European Son
08-24-2007, 01:58 PM
How could someone be "the most political band"? What are we judging by? Their lyrics? How politically active they are? How?

666_Pounder
08-24-2007, 02:03 PM
The Nightwatchman

Led Head
08-24-2007, 03:18 PM
U2 anyone?

Definately U2, there songs are quite political, and Bono himself is quite political, U2 is the most political, bar none

GreenDayChris
08-24-2007, 03:24 PM
Crass

EDIT: Fucking Green Day! :haha

ufossuck
08-24-2007, 03:33 PM
Country Joe and the Fish, The Almanac Singers, The Weavers, but most of all, Phil Ochs.

myself101
08-25-2007, 04:34 AM
Lol, never would of guessed Green Day would be considered political :D . Never listened to them. But considering the majority of Green Day's fans are young and most of the young people I know do not know one iota about politics, I would not of ever thought Green Day would have anything to do with politics.

They had like 2 "political songs" and like sharing their opinion at concerts and stuff. Thats about it though. But its "cool" to bash Green Day so thats what the bickering was over.

Kizna
08-25-2007, 02:02 PM
How could someone be "the most political band"? What are we judging by? Their lyrics? How politically active they are? How?

You're right.
I said it by their lyrics, what they say in interviews or in their blogs, being politically active depends a lot in the place where you are. It's not the same over here than in America.

I am a catalan independentist and I know bands that talk about how the spaniards have stolen our faces, our culture or how they've made turn the country what it wasn't, what we've been losing... they talk about while we're in a place where we can have more than necessary in other places don't, remember times from the civil war.

Their shows are full of flags.

(...)
08-25-2007, 05:55 PM
Anti-Flag or Megadeth

frd_marshll
08-25-2007, 07:15 PM
properly some old hardcore band

perry589
08-26-2007, 08:56 PM
SOAD, RATM, Megadeth, Anti-Flag, Pearl Jam, U2, The Nightwatchman, Green Day, Serj Tankian.

They had like 2 "political songs" and like sharing their opinion at concerts and stuff. Thats about it though. But its "cool" to bash Green Day so thats what the bickering was over.
They actually have quite a few political songs from over their career: Stuck with Me, Minority, American Idiot album. Well, this list sucks like new Green Day.

the glue man
08-26-2007, 08:57 PM
Crass, Dead Kennedys, Aus Rotten

Really, just listen to punk.

joshsirjoshules
08-26-2007, 09:22 PM
john cafferty and the beaver brown band!!!















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TOcheesehead
08-27-2007, 12:12 AM
RATM no question

S)E-Javelin
08-27-2007, 10:49 AM
John Lennon
Radiohead
U2

Mental-lica
08-27-2007, 04:19 PM
Depends...
If you mean sings about government problems and all about how its bad its Megadeth

If you mean that they actually try to stand against the government than RATM

GreenDayChris
08-27-2007, 04:52 PM
I'm gonna restate Crass as being much more solid contenders than most bands being put up here and actually put some points down as to why, so as people might actually pay attention (who am I kidding?)
Firstly, pretty much every song they wrote was political in some way another, anti-war, pacifism, anarchism, freedom, feminism and some pretty violent attacks on religion were common themes. (See 'Reality Asylum' and 'So What')
Secondly, they actually lived (and certain members still live), in an open house. They actually lived what they sang about, creating their own self-sufficient community away from the 'mainstream' society. They even organised food-chains, supplying other similarly minded establishments with food they had grown. At one point this stretched to about 20 houses.
They actually opened an Anarchist center, and though it was a pretty bad failure, the fact they did this - with their own money - shows more devotion to their ideals than most bands entire careers.
They were active in groups such as the CND and in the organisation of the 'Stop the City' protests of the 80's as well as pretty much every show they played being a benefit for one thing or another, from anarchist groups, anti-racism groups to the striking miners come '84.
They released all sorts of propaganda against the government (including leaflets given out to fans to further explain the bands ideals), most notably the 'Thatchergate' tapes - edited tapes of speeches made by Thatcher and Reagan cut to expose Thatcher's true intentions regarding the Falklands war. When the tape surfaced, it was initially thought to have been distributed through the KGB. Incidentally, the band got such a reputation for having confidential information regarding the Falklands after this incident, that they were actually visited by members of the Russian Secret Service.
Compare this to, 'oh they sang a couple of songs about the war'....

neidnarb11890
08-27-2007, 07:32 PM
GreenDayChris is right, Crass beats pretty much everyone when it comes to this.

papercut665
09-03-2007, 10:18 AM
Crass :D

Maby the casulties? they remind me of the dead kennedys

Jimbleton
09-04-2007, 07:31 AM
Tom morello on his new nightwatchman album (one man revolution) is a good contender for most political, anyone who puts green day is an idiot the song american idiot had nothing to do wih the government or george bush it was written cos billie joe was listenin to lynryd skynyrd and didnt like everything that the song sweet home alabama stood for, namely bein a redneck, and then wrote the song, wheres the polotics it that i ask you

Agony098
09-04-2007, 07:31 PM
Tom morello on his new nightwatchman album (one man revolution) is a good contender for most political, anyone who puts green day is an idiot the song american idiot had nothing to do wih the government or george bush it was written cos billie joe was listenin to lynryd skynyrd and didnt like everything that the song sweet home alabama stood for, namely bein a redneck, and then wrote the song, wheres the polotics it that i ask you
Seconded.



And also Serj Tankian's solo album should be really political...his new song "The Unthinking Majority" is pretty damn good. www.serjtankian.com. Go there and read his little speech.

SonOfUncleSam
11-30-2007, 03:46 PM
I'd say Joe Hill was the most political because the US government actually sentenced him to death for something he didn't do just because he was involved with the IWW (International Workers of the World aka "the wobblies")

Crass is definitely up there.

The fact that Tupac Shakur (named after Peruvian Indian revolutionary Tupac Amaru, and raised by the Black Panthers, check out his aunt Assata Shakur) shot and killed those two off duty racist corrupt cops has to put him up there in my book.

But the reply to this thread without a doubt is RICANSTRUCTION

http://www.ricanstruction.net/propaganda.html

These four Puerto Punx have lived the life just as much as Crass by being at every rally for Mumia, Getting the Navy out of Veiques and distributing anti-propganda to curtail the effects of army recruitment in the projects of the bario or marching to the UN to protest the FBI assignation of the Puerto Rican Robin Hood: Filiberto Ojeda Rios.

On the music side, you like political hip hop? Chuck D and Dead Prez are on their record.

You like hardcore punk? They sound alot like Bad Brains, they have covered a Black Flag song "Revenge" and covered Fugazi's (Which was Ian McKae's, formerly of Minor Threat, band) "Suggestion"

Are you into rage? Well you like them to because it's hard rock meet hip hop vocals.

You like Reggae? They covered Bob Marley's "war", they played Fugazi's Suggestion like a reggae song, and wrote the ultimate political weed song based on Peter Tosh's "Legalize it" (Peter Tosh was in the Wailers with Bob Marley) they called it "Illegalize it", and it has awesome lines like

"Marijuana in my left hand,
Molotov in my right
No more confusion
As to which one to light
Destroy the illusion
Make wrong into right

Sitting around on the street with my sistren
Strumming the sound of the slum on a six string
the hour of black power dread + disorder
+ rumblings for bread inside the slave quarter
We lit up a spliff to $hit down the $hitstem
the revolution is I and I sistren
She said that the smoke will rise like the people
And burn down the churches right up to the steeple"

Just how political, get their mp3s of their website:

http://www.ricanstruction.net/propaganda.html

"settin it off like I'm droppin bombs
like another rastafari freedom song
like shoot and loot and demonstrate
and burn and learn and agitate
like ho chi min i'll take whats mine
like brothers working overtime
like lenon marx and mao tse tung
and freedom from a loaded gun"

"we the ghetto people if we really
want it equal gotta fight without
hesitation gonna find our destination
in the street from the highest steeple
we the holy and the peaceful gonna riot
batter bruise and beat us cheat us we
thus will only take what we need"

"Perdo's got a pipe bomb
Set for the fourth of July
A detonator slow fuse
Loisada high
Demolition dope fiends
Toking Tompikins Square
Take the world in hand
And fu(k it

When Pedro died
The $hitstem lied
And Hiram and Elias tried
As Ponce bled
Jayuyga spread
And Oscar and Griselio fled
With dreams and dignity
A people could be free
Through selfless sacrifice
A nation could rise"

"This is a lesson of your brief history
A walk on part in the start of a slave drive
A work of art, a direction chart
A manifesto from the heart that they targets as to too live
Funkin' to the fusion from Fanon to Farrakhan
The Message mars the mall on the wall you're writing on
Malcolm said 'Too Black is too Strong'
A deeper definition to burn down Babylon...

...You're gonna burn, You're gonna burn you are Babylon
You gonna pay for all the crimes that you have done
You're gonna die, you're gonna fry, you're Babylon
History avenged by the brown sons...

...I believe in the heart,
I believe in the start
I believe we can tear the system apart
I believe it will catch
With the strike of a match
And Burn, Baby, Burn."

http://clamormagazine.org/issues/35/people.php

Interesting no one mentioned that many guitarists or musicians of color. I took a while for Public enemy to come up:

Also, off the top of my head:

Curtis Mayfield
Stevie Wonder
Peter Tosh
Living Colour (Cult of Personality!)
Bad Brains
Fishbone
Puya
Dead Prez
The Coup
Immortal Technique
Tupac
Blackstar (Mos Def & Talib Kwali)
Anthrax
Biohazard
One Minute Silence
Pink Punk
Roger Waters (of Pink Floyd)
Nine Inch Nails
Woody Guthrie
Pete Seeger (the Weavers)
Joe Hill

All more political than Green Day.

BTW, check out Not4Prophet from Ricanstruction new hip hop protect with DJ Johnny Juice (Public Enemy):

www.x-vandals.com

Sometime
11-30-2007, 04:17 PM
The Dead Kennedys.

human panda
11-30-2007, 05:51 PM
I was just wondering who you guys think is the most political band. My vote would have to be Rage against the machine.
Then you would be right then in my opinion.

sconley1028
09-13-2008, 12:07 AM
Future Leaders Of The World

eschaton
09-13-2008, 04:22 PM
All answers other than Crass, Confict or Rudimentari Peni are wrong ;)

Answers of RATM are to be laughed at until start living their speil, even a tad.

grimguitarist91
09-13-2008, 04:23 PM
Lamb of God ftw!

gopherthegreat
09-16-2008, 09:51 PM
Crass for sure

And Anti-Flag doesn't live what they sing, so I wouldn't count them.

wilsonis24
09-19-2008, 09:03 PM
Rage Against The Machine definitely. More recently there is Green Day with the American Idiot Album.

PenFighter19
09-19-2008, 09:18 PM
Rage is more politically active than 90% of politicians. and they go far beyond American government too, recall Guanto Bay and the Zapatista movement. The only one that comes close is John Lennon. But every RATM song, besides Microphone Fiend and the like, is about government and such. And each and every one gives a big "Fcuk you I wont do what ya tell me!!" to the man.

And everyone that says Green Day is the American Idiot. Way to be brainwashed by bullsh*t.

Nashag
09-20-2008, 05:11 AM
John Lennon. Mainly because he was one of the first artists to get politically active. Sure, before him there was anti-vietnam, Eve of Destruction and such, but Lennon definately took it to new levels

U2 Since they are one of the most "active" bands in the mainstream sector, sitting somewhere in the middle of the line that divides mainstream artists and underground activists.

Rage Against The Machine, same motivation as U2

PenFighter19
09-21-2008, 04:10 PM
U2 is active, but moreso in everything rather than in their music. Bono can go talk to the president whenever he wants, for now atleast, but his lyrics vary.
REM is another BIG one.

mercedesisbenz
09-21-2008, 04:18 PM
Problem with rage is that they can't get any politicians to listen to them because of how they sound, so they sort of nullify their message with their audience consisting mostly of 16 year olds who are "sick of being oppressed."

Woody Guthrie. Look him up.

PenFighter19
09-21-2008, 04:34 PM
Politicians arent going to listen to Lennon or REM and they have a considerably softer sound ya kno?

mercedesisbenz
09-21-2008, 04:40 PM
Are you joking me? If you played 'Imagine' by John Lennon in the senate and asked them all who they thought it was, I'm sure plenty of them would recognize the tune. REM I'm sure they wouldn't listen to, but I can't think of anyone who would listen to that in the first place.

westozrocker
09-22-2008, 11:45 AM
Ochs is one that has not been mentioned.

Melodic_Rocker
09-22-2008, 11:49 AM
I don't think the problem with RATM is the sound, it's that their political views are far more liberal than any politician dares to go.

PenFighter19
09-22-2008, 12:32 PM
Rage are libertarians. Last I heard there were only 2 libertarian congressman. I know that Zach and Tom are also atleast partially Socialist, shown in their strong support of the Zapatistas.
Libertarian Socialism: not the most popular of views in the US.

I dont agree with alot of their politics either. But right, wrong, plain, dumb, good, or bad; they make some fcukin kicka*s music.

eschaton
09-23-2008, 06:48 PM
Rage is more politically active than 90% of politicians. and they go far beyond American government too, recall Guanto Bay and the Zapatista movement. The only one that comes close is John Lennon. But every RATM song, besides Microphone Fiend and the like, is about government and such. And each and every one gives a big "Fcuk you I wont do what ya tell me!!" to the man.



But spent their career signed to one of the biggest multinationals in the world, didn't bother to reform during the biggest political events of the last two decades but have done now for a supposed one of because the time was right, then a string of festivals because, well, erm, the money was right...

RATM are hypocrits of the very, very highest order.

Which is why Crass or Rudimentary Peni are the correct answers. Bands who actually live by every single word they've ever sang. Steve Earle is worth a mention too, while less overt, has certainly had a big impact with a lot of folk and writes a mean protest number albiet generally in a less brazen and confrontational fashion.

DECABE
09-24-2008, 08:18 PM
anti-flag...SOAD...sex pistols

777Corey
09-25-2008, 02:28 AM
wha? i skimmed through most of this and never saw anybody say the Dead Kennedys? I suppose debateably the most political... but probably the BEST political.

Metallicaloveu
09-25-2008, 08:09 AM
Rage and System Of A Down - People don't really remember the video they did for Boom directed with Michael Moore amongst many other political active things they have done.

smb
09-25-2008, 08:15 AM
This is an easy question - MP4 (http://mp4theband.co.uk/)

Victoria-R
09-25-2008, 08:00 PM
I don't think the problem with RATM is the sound, it's that their political views are far more liberal than any politician dares to go.

I love how the band is apparently against the system that keeps them filthy ****ing rich. They're awful shit. By the way, does RATM redistribute the millions of dollars they make selling albums and still live in small apartments with only life's necessities?

I, for one, don't care about a band's politics anymore than I care about a politicians musical taste. Stick with your expertise.

On the other hand, listen to Paul Shanklin. Rush Limbaugh who had his SUV update with the song "In A Yugo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pz2eCFoafXk) " -- very funny.

So, I say, we all have our battles. Live and let live.

gothboy666
09-29-2008, 11:33 AM
otep has she been mentioned cause she should be there

"Following in the footsteps of outspoken musicians from folk singer Woody Guthrie to Rage Against The Machine's Zach de la Rocha, Otep Shamaya has positioned herself as one of music's catalysts for social change."
Revolver Magazine

gopherthegreat
09-29-2008, 04:53 PM
anti-flag...SOAD...sex pistols
The Sex Pistols? They were hardly political, and even the political songs they have were just for shock value.

samhunt14
09-29-2008, 11:24 PM
im surprised more people havent said system of a down.... live shows say a lot

PenFighter19
09-30-2008, 01:19 PM
SOAD is up there. Did you hear when Serj said that they would reunite at Live 8?(I think, not positive) only if they got to bring attention to the Armenian genocide. Or somethin along those lines.
But I still say Rage.......sorry?

mercedesisbenz
09-30-2008, 03:25 PM
I don't think anyone has really talked about Frank Zappa in here, he actually spoke before congress to fight censorship, theres some really cool youtube videos if anyone cares enough to look them up.

Victoria-R
09-30-2008, 08:24 PM
I don't think anyone has really talked about Frank Zappa in here, he actually spoke before congress to fight censorship, theres some really cool youtube videos if anyone cares enough to look them up.

Well thank you! He got further than that too though- just speaking out on censorship.

hesh3216
10-01-2008, 04:47 AM
anal c*nt

PenFighter19
10-01-2008, 01:47 PM
anal c*nt

^^I guess Zappa didnt get that far then huh? :haha:
jk
There have been a ton of musicians protest censorship though. I hate to sound repetitive but, Rage did my favorite censorship protest ever, against the PMRC. Anyone know what Im talking about? :D

gopherthegreat
10-01-2008, 04:18 PM
Indeed I do.

Aveks
10-04-2008, 09:21 PM
Vegan Reich is ultra political.

romantik
10-09-2008, 08:24 AM
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StreetLight3989
10-09-2008, 10:43 AM
Most crust is really political. So is folk punk and anarcho.

dageri1
10-10-2008, 03:09 PM
In no specific order:Spearhead, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, The Clash, RATM, Consolidated, Bob Marley, John Trudell, Bruce Cockburn, Bad Brains, Sex Pistols,

Mav-16
10-10-2008, 07:09 PM
wow...

so many ****ing tool bags in here.....

Anti-Flag?

GREEN DAY????

SEX PISTOLS???

SYSTEM OF A DOWN??? :haha :haha :haha

U2??? ROFL BONO?

and Rage against the Machine, the biggest money making assholes of the century...

thats cute guys... real cute.

iamultimate
10-11-2008, 04:13 AM
everyones forgetting that most country and christian music promotes conservatism and nationalism. as a whole they are more powerful politically than your standard political bands such as ratm and soad. but for political bands, definitely midnight oil and john lennon. at least they followed their views. peter garrett is now a politician and john lennon was way more important than any politician of his time.

Jack Off Jill
10-11-2008, 04:19 AM
Why the hell is anyone bringing up John Lennon? He was a far bigger hypocrite than Rage ever were.

The answer to your question is Fela Kuti. Until John Lennon's family is killed for his political beliefs, or Rage Against the Machine has their instruments confiscated by the government, been locked and jail and forced into eating their own feces.. no one competes.

humble_1
11-10-2008, 07:28 PM
Flobots are always forgotten as a political band beacuse of handlebars
(awesome album)

They played across the Democratic Convention this year with Rage Against the Machine

HiImKindaNewAnd
11-10-2008, 08:22 PM
Any anarcho-punk band.

mbbmalcolm
11-12-2008, 03:53 PM
Crass

iholmesz
11-15-2008, 01:52 AM
wow...

so many ****ing tool bags in here.....

Anti-Flag?

GREEN DAY????

SEX PISTOLS???

SYSTEM OF A DOWN??? :haha :haha :haha

U2??? ROFL BONO?

and Rage against the Machine, the biggest money making assholes of the century...

thats cute guys... real cute.

Your last comment was off.

Know what you're saying before you speak.
Research. Learn. Listen.

(not in that specific order)

Good luck from here on out.

Tony83
11-15-2008, 10:25 PM
greenday

NeoGuitarist
11-20-2008, 01:27 PM
Plain White T's

wangmaster
11-23-2008, 01:50 PM
Rage all the way with out question.

/thread

leeroy909
11-29-2008, 06:40 AM
Are there any political bands that are just like "yeah, everything's pretty much fine with politics at the moment"? kind of reminds me of this: http://xkcd.com/470/

Gris-Gris-Man
12-02-2008, 02:05 PM
Frank Zappa, all throughout his career

SeeEmilyPlay
12-02-2008, 02:07 PM
Rage, anti-flag, clash, dead kennedys.... etc etc.

ragemachine
12-04-2008, 05:26 AM
why is this even a competition?
rage all the way and maybe dead kennedys

talia.
12-04-2008, 10:35 AM
I was just wondering who you guys think is the most political band. My vote would have to be Rage against the machine.

That was my answer.

neidnarb11890
12-04-2008, 05:00 PM
Sorry,
the correct answer is
CRASS.

Johny Burninate
12-04-2008, 05:58 PM
Hannah Montana,easy

quicksilverkid
12-04-2008, 06:00 PM
The Presidents of the United States i know they sing about peaches but i mean c'mon look at the name

tomassb2000
01-01-2010, 01:31 AM
Hi To Yawl,
I See Some Kick Ass Political Band Names On This Thread. Did You Guys Ever Check Out The Genre That Is Making The Most Waves Right Now?
I Mean Come On, The Clash In That Moment, Had A Huge Influence On Other Politipunk Bands Like Stiff Little Fingers, The Ruts And Even Later Bands Like The Boomtown Rats. The Moment Is Now, Listen To Tupac, Jurrasic 5, Micheal Frente, And My Own Personal Fave Immortal Technique. They Will Blow You Away........or You Can Stick To The White Bread.
Happy New Year. Tomassb2000

roshjosh
01-01-2010, 11:52 PM
Bob Dylan
State Radio

A lot of folk music is politically charged... In fact, most of it is.

I would also say that all of 'The Most' Political bands are probably ones we've never heard of, because they have strong views about copyright/labels/corporations/music production... Which are often infringed upon by labels.

Having music about anti-capitalism being sold by MTV kind of defeats the purpose of being a political band.

EDIT:

Geez, how could I have forgotten Frank Zappa?

He not only discussed his message openly, but lived his message. Free speech. No Gimmicks.

..::Hayden::..
10-11-2010, 04:44 AM
RATM
SOAD
Sex Pistols
Rise Against
Bob Marley
and i dont think anyones said this yet, but Midnight Oil
the oils singer is now an important politition.

sawyer24
10-12-2010, 07:04 AM
Rage!!! Without a shadow of doubt

sawyer24
10-12-2010, 07:05 AM
Hannah Montana,easy

HAHA!!! :haha: :haha: :haha: