Every revolution has a sound track. This one is no different.
These are my most favorite political revolution songs. So, crank up the volume on your computer’s speakers and rock out to these great old classics.
Tom Petty & Friends: Won’t Back Down
The first is Tom Petty, a kid from Florida you might have heard of. On this cut, his drummer is Ringo Starr, his rhythm guitar/back-up singers are George Harrison and Jeff Lynne. Don’t miss the lyrics.
Buffalo Springfield: For What It’s Worth
One of the greatest anti-war and anti-state songs ever.
The Who: Won’t Get Fooled Again
This classic, by The Who, is 8:33 minutes long, and the lyrics are shown as the song plays. Don’t miss the lyrics. Crank it up!!
Jimmie Vaughan: Don’t Want No Shackles On Me
Legendary bluesman Jimmie Vaughan is brother to the late Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Rise Against: State of the Union
For you “yoots” (youths) in the audience. Brilliant lyrics, totally seditious. You old coots won’t might not like this, but take heart. Our kids and grandkids understand how screwed up America is.
Tears For Fears: Everybody Wants To Rule The World
Rage Against The Machine: Testify
Against Me: Baby I’m an Anarchist
The kids get it wrong on throwing bricks through windows and burning down buildings, but listen to the rest of their message.
PokerFace: Calling For A Revolution
PokerFace: I’d Rather Die Than Be Your Slave
Got a favorite song of your own?
Tell me what it is, and I might post it if it’s cool enough.
I have two compilation cds themed along this line. Here’s a partial list:
Rush: Something For Nothing
Rush: Red Barchetta
Collective Soul: Tremble For My Beloved
Collective Soul: Precious Declaration
The Call: The Walls Came Down
Triumph: Fight The Good Fight
Uriah Heep: Circle Of Hands
King’s X: King
Black Sabbath: War Pigs
Black Sabbath: After Forever
John Mellencamp: Authority Song
John Mellencamp: Crumblin’ Down
Altar Boys: I Question It
Creedence Clearwater Revival: Fortunate Son
Thunderclap Newman: Something In The Air Or:
Tom Petty: Something In The Air
Blues Traveler: Stand
1. Dixie – Preferably either by classical orchestra or by a good hell-raising band like Black Oak Arkansas (Marching band is, well, O.K.). The most famous song of rebellion in the modern era, also served as an invigorating national anthem (very unlike its grossly deformed and ridiculous counterpart).
2. Symphony #5, Movement #2 in C minor – Beethoven. Aired on Berlin Radio upon the defeat at Stalingrad, denoting the eventual destruction of Europe by the barbarians. A substitute might be found in Dvorak’s New World Symphony. Both carry a message of trans-generational faith.
3. Fixin’ To Die Rag – Country Joe (MacDonald) & the Fish. Not comparable to the above but good from an Amerikwan perspective.