027 Songs with a political message

Let the debate commence.

This week Deek Deekster from Pod of Funk has asked us to split into factions and put some spin onto our favourite politically biased tunes in a frenzy of rosettes, baby kissing and sloganeering.

You can listen to the podcast here:

You can also download the podcast using this direct link or subscribe to this and future podcasts using our RSS feed:



(00:00) Ian Dury – Spasticus Autisticus

Deek Deekster from Pod of Funk

(05:44) Chris T-T – The Huntsman Came a Marchin’

Ross from Just Gimme Indie Rock

(09:21) The Fun Boy Three – The Lunatics (have taken over the asylum)

ZB from So the wind won’t blow it all away

(12:43) Against Me! – Baby I’m an Anarchist

Bethanne from CTASLS

(15:48) Tricky – Black Steel

Simon from You Can Call Me Betty

(21:55) Old Crow Medicine Show – Big Time in the Jungle

Murf from False45th

(25:28) Atari Teenage Riot – Deutschland Must Die

Cindy from Adzuki Bean Stash

(28:47) Billy Bragg – Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards

FiL from Pogoagogo

(34:10) Company Flow – Patriotism

Charlie from Nerdlitter

(40:04) Phil Ochs – Love Me I’m a Liberal

Charles from Heartache with Hard Work

(44:55) VIM – Maggie’s Last Party

SAS Radio

(50:33) Bonnie Raitt – The World is Not Your Toy

Dan from Burning Down the House

(54:33) Bruce Cockburn – If I had a rocket launcher

Natalie from Mini-Obs

(01:00:09) Fugazi – Reclamation

Justin from Aquarium Drunkard

(01:03:44) Ted Leo & The Pharmacists – Suspect Device

Bob from Gimme Tinnitus

(01:06:52) The Jam – Going Underground (Live)

Chad from Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands

(01:10:44) Dan Beahm & the Invisible Three – Kandahar

Dan of Dan Beahm & the Invisible Three (myspace)

Many thanks to all the contributors ..

.. you can get down off your soapboxes now.

Next week’s podcast theme is ‘Happy Happy Joy Joy’ … a direct contrasty reaction to all the seriousness we’ve had this week! So dig out your happiest and most joyful music and send it with your short spoken introduction to tim.young@rhul.ac.uk.

Please leave a comment about the podcast by clicking here.

17 Comments so far
Leave a comment

Contrast indeed. It’s interesting hearing all the different styles of music that come with a political agenda.

Ha! Spasticus Autisticus is awesome!

I’m also putting “Maggie’s Last Party” right after my copy of “Molotov Cocktail Party” for my next shindig. 🙂 I love that track.

“Black Steel” is great too.

Wow, feckin feckin feckin GREAT SHOW !!
Love that Ian Dury song, haven’t heard tricky for ages. I also can relate to that Bruce Cockburn track. But my favourite track has to be VIM, classic !!

Take care

Love the Chris T-T – & sometimes an old fave is just what is needed. Dury, Funboys & Tricky – what a treat for a chilly Tuesday.

I now have to go and set up a few barricades.

Ooh – and now I’m listening happily to Atari Teenage Riot – somehow missed that scanning down the playlist. Wonderful.

ohhh, this is a very good podcast this week. Fugazi into Ted Leo into The Jam – NICE.

Did you other contributors find that for this one (more than usual) your mind went straight to one particular artist? Mine went whoosh to Public Enemy, but looking down the list, it could just have easily gone whoosh to Billy Bragg, or Fugazi.

Simon, I agree, I definitely gravitated quite quickly(at least in my case) to two artists almost equally -KMFDM and Atari Teenage Riot. But, they’re both quite similar…angry lefty German techno types.

Oh yes, I went like a blinkered old draft horse STRAIGHT to Billy. The question then became which song to pick, which was less simple.

As always, I’m looking forward to listening to this ‘cast. So many old favourites, plus several new treats in store!

And Cindy, I’m especially looking forward to a dose of screaming, pi**ed-off, pinko German techno, though I should probably avoid listening to it while driving…

I love this and now I can’t wait TO VOTE in November!

Quite a contrasty contrast don’t you think? I left my own selection out due to the whole thing getting to seventy minutes or so but it was my first gravitationally attractive choice – Gil Scott Heron …

[…] [link] Contrast Podcast #27:  Songs with a Political Message Posted by Rich Feliciano on October 3, 2006 Downloads  […]

yes… a verygood contrasticus podcasticus…

Found you podcast by chance and LOVED IT. Thanx.

… The Revolution will not be Televised.

Right on brother.

I’ve now listened to the whole podcast, and it was FAAAAAN-TASTIC!! The eclecticism of this episode was a real treat – folk to hip-hop to industrial, with many stops inbetween. Tremendous! I particularly was turned on by the Chris T-T piece – probably the most sensible exposition on the foxhunting issue I’ve heard, though I believe that even foxhunters should be spared police brutality. 😉

I also learned three important things:

1)It’s danm near impossible to drive the speed limit while listening to Atari Teenage Riot

2)Don’t upset Nats, especially if she’s holding a rocket launcher

3)One should be careful when singing the chorus of Spasticus Autisticus in public..

… get up .. get up .. fall over

my first contrast podcast – and what and intorduction – really enjoyed it – thanks all – looking forward to listening to the others.

Leave a comment
Line and paragraph breaks automatic, e-mail address never displayed, HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>