PUNK! is still relevent!!!
This week I really got back into early punk, such as The Clash, Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Dead Kennedys, M.D.C. and D.O.A. The music may be more then twenty five years old, but it is still fresh. Since many of the topics they addressed are still issues today, I thought I would list 5 songs that are still relevant in some way:
The Clash – I’m So Bored with the U.S.A
While many mistook it as a jab at America, it was directed more at the Americanization of England as well as U.S. foreign policy, particularly our support of dictators.
M.D.C. – I Remember
Considering the initials in their name referred to “Millions of Dead Cops”, it not a surprise that M.D.C. often condemned police brutality in their music.
The Exploited – Let’s Start a War…(Said Maggie One Day)
While the original topic was Margaret Thatcher’s decision to go to war over the Falkland Islands in 1982, in general the song is a condemnation of war and the way leaders go to war on a whim.
Dead Kennedys – MTV Get Off the Air
I picked this song because my wife likes to put the TV on one of the many MTV or VH1 channels to watch videos while she’s working and it amazes me how terribly lame and repetitive the videos are.
D.O.A. – Fucked Up Ronnie
I chose this song because it’s a simple condemnation of the president and is easily adapted to new presidents, as they did in 2004 with Fucked Up Bush. It’s quite possible that if Obama doesn’t come through on his promise to end the War in Iraq, as well as several other promises, we could see Fucked Up Barry in the near future.