#1
I dunno about you guys, but I get pretty fed up with bands 'going political' on their new albums. It's not so much the fact they approach political subjects, but because I can't think of one band who do anything more then slam the current political situation.

If you're unable to offer a solution, suggestion or compromise then the people making the decisions are doing a better job then you would.

Anyway, what I thought was great was Randy Newman's new album in which he gets political but very much tongue in cheek:

I’d like to say a few words
In defense of our country
Whose people aren’t bad nor are they mean
Now the leaders we have
While they’re the worst that we’ve had
Are hardly the worst this poor world has seen

Let’s turn history’s pages, shall we?

Take the Caesars for example
Why within the first few of them
They were sleeping with their sister
Stashing little boys in swimming pools
And burning down the City
And one of ‘em, one of 'em
Appointed his own horse Consul of the Empire
That’s like vice president or something

That’s not a very good example, is it?

But wait, here’s one, the Spanish Inquisition
They put people in a terrible position
I don’t even like to think about it

Well, sometimes I like to think about it

Just a few words in defense of our country
Whose time at the top
Could be coming to an end
Now we don’t want their love
And respect at this point is pretty much out of the question
But in times like these
We sure could use a friend

Hitler. Stalin.
Men who need no introduction

King Leopold of Belgium. That’s right.
Everyone thinks he’s so great
Well he owned The Congo
He tore it up too
He took the diamonds, he took the gold
He took the silver
Know what he left them with?

Malaria
A President once said,
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself"
Now it seems like we’re supposed to be afraid
It’s patriotic in fact and color coded
And what are we supposed to be afraid of?
Why, of being afraid
That’s what terror means, doesn’t it?
That’s what it used to mean

[To the first eight bars of "Columbia The Gem Of The Ocean"]

You know it pisses me off a little
That this Supreme Court is gonna outlive me
A couple of young Italian fellas and a brother on the Court now too
But I defy you, anywhere in the world
To find me two Italians as tightass as the two Italians we got

And as for the brother
Well, Pluto’s not a planet anymore either

The end of an empire is messy at best
And this empire is ending
Like all the rest
Like the Spanish Armada adrift on the sea
We’re adrift in the land of the brave
And the home of the free

Goodbye. Goodbye. Goodbye.


You'll appreciate it more by listening to the song itself, :P enjoy.
#2
...yet you don't state the name of the song.

Hardly Adondai the Wise, are you?


I like Randy Newman, anyway.

But no
It can't be true
I could fly if I wanted to
Like a bird in the sky....


Hehe...precious memories.
#3
I don't mind political bands if they're respectful and artistic about it.

Which are few.

Very few.
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#4
"Hitler. Stalin.
Men who need no introduction

King Leopold of Belgium. That’s right.
Everyone thinks he’s so great
Well he owned The Congo
He tore it up too
He took the diamonds, he took the gold
He took the silver
Know what he left them with?

Malaria"

Those are good words man, that guy is a pretty good lyricist.
#5
Have you heard any of Randy Newman's other albums? He didn't go political, he's been that way his entire career.

And which other bands have "gone political" on their new albums? I can't think of any offhand.


Either way, It's their art. If you don't like it, don't buy it.
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#6
Quote by civildp1
Have you heard any of Randy Newman's other albums? He didn't go political, he's been that way his entire career.

And which other bands have "gone political" on their new albums? I can't think of any offhand.


Either way, It's their art. If you don't like it, don't buy it.


Hardly the point of what I was saying... I was just saying Newman gets political on his new album (which he does) and in doing so writes some great, original lyrics which do more than simply abuse the current leaders and their policies...