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ROCK HARD TIMES

A musical “Fuck you” to the collectivist coalition that is ‘Nick, Dave and the Bad Seats’

Presenting a musical “Fuck you” to the collectivist coalition that is ‘Nick, Dave and the Bad Seats’ -- a playlist of ‘politically’ relevant songs that sums up the current world we live in, the clueless band of elitist cunt-flaps we suffer under, and the mess they so incompetently created; a masterclass in fuck-tardery

This is for the red, blue, purple and yellow quagmire of sewer-ridden criminals and morally corrupt rat-bags, running this small island through the ground and straight to the scorching core of perdition’s rancid smelling anus. May they all die horribly, and a little bit worse, and burn in perpetual damnation for all eternity, and a wee bit longer.

TRACK LIST:

N.A.T.O. (Global Cops) — Poor Righteous Teachers — Instrumental

Uprising -- Muse — “Another promise, another seed / Another, packaged lie to keep us trapped in greed”

Money And Corruption -- The Kinks — “I visualise a day when people will be free / And we’ll be living in a new society / No class distinction, no slums or poverty”

Wat About Di Workin’ Class? -- Linton Kwesi Johnson — “Insurrection is the order of the day / Is a lot of people cryin’ out for change nowadays”

Young Gifted And Skint -- New Model Army —“Can’t pay the rent-man a single thing, don’t let the man from the Gas Board in”

Cash Machine -- Hard-Fi — “No no, this can’t be right / I live an honest life / It seems like sometimes / You don’t cross the line / You don’t get by…”

Unemployed In Summertime -- Emiliana Torrini — “Unemployed in summertime / I’ve only just turned 21”

Obedient Workers (Feat. George Carlin) – Reks — “They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking”

History Repeating -- Shirley Bassey — “There is fashion, there is fad /Some is good, some is bad /And the joke is rather sad / That it’s all just a little bit of history repeating”

I Blame The Government -- Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine — “Under achievers taken by the receivers / Robbery with violence with torture and silence”

Rock Hard Times -- Eels — “As if i cared ’bout the little minds / In the little heads of the herd”

Fuck Police Brutality -- Anti-Flag — “But the cops can do no wrong / They can kill, they can rape, they can do what they want”

Mr. Prime Minister -- Ms. Dynamite — “And did you stop and listen before you started dishing / Our tax for ammunition to kill innocent children”

We Want Your Soul (Feat. Bill Hicks) -- Free*land — “No thinkers, no teachers, no facts, no freaks /no skaters, no tweekers, no truth, no sleep”

Blood Money -- Cliff Lin — Instrumental

Brainwashed -- The Kinks — “You look like a real human being / But you don’t have a mind of your own / Yeah you can walk, you can breathe You can work, you can stitch you can sew / But you’re brainwashed”

Anarchy In The UK -- Sex Pistols — “Your future dream is a shopping scheme”

Killing In The Name -- Rage Against The Machine — “Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me”

Running The World -- Jarvis Cocker —It’s the ideal way to order the world / “Fuck the morals, does it make any money?”

Ghost Town -- The Specials — “Why must the youth fight against themselves? / Government leaving the youth on the shelf”

Socialist Serenade -- Manic Street Preachers — “Change your name to new / Forget the fucking Labour”

Party Political -- Full Scale — “I can’t help but think, drink, smell the stink / hopefully some pen and ink will bring us all back from the brink”

No Matter Who You Vote For The Government Always Gets In -- The Bonzo Dog Band — “Posters in suburbia, experts on TV / Don’t let them disturb-i-ya / They’re just the powers that be”

The Times They Are A-Changin’ -- Bob Dylan — “Come mothers and fathers throughout the land / Don’t criticize what you can’t understand”

Integral -- Pet Shop Boys — “Everyone has their own number in the system that we operate under / We’re moving to a situation where your lives exist as information”

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ROCK IS DEAD! LONG LIVE ROCK!

Rock music is dead, apparently.  Here are my views on the subject...

Rock is apparently dead according to a recent declaration by the so-called “professor of pop”, Paul Gambaccini, because it no longer features in the mainstream, watered-down Top 40 music chart. According to a recent article in the Guardian: “The problem lay, in part, with short-sighted record labels investing less in the talent of the future and more in instantly profitable acts such as former X Factor stars.”  Fair point, Gamby-boy, but what about album sales? Nobody talks about the next Muse, or Radiohead single, but everybody buys their albums.

Iron Maiden’s ‘The Final Frontier’ album reached #1 in over 30 countries last year. Metallica and AC/DC currently have the highest grossing album sales and Bon Jovi is the highest grossing live act of 2010.  Good music is not about quick-buck singles, it is about well crafted albums and stellar live performances. Anyway, what connoisseur of music would deem the Top 40 charts to be an accurate representation of people’s musical tastes? Let me put it another way: Mr Blobby has had a UK #1 single, Bob Dylan hasn’t. ‘Nuff said.

It may be that rock no longer has a place in the mainstream, but it is not a reason to declare it ‘dead’. If anything that eludes the zeitgeist is considered dead then Jazz is dead, classical music is dead; ambient, punk, indie, folk and country are also dead – I died in 1996! During my teens I made a point of sidestepping chart music that everyone was listening to (even if it meant not listening to the Stereophonics); I was a John Peel listener, and he only played what wasn’t getting played. Rock albums have always been what chart music isn’t: They are arcane, bold, energetic and political; they dare to be different. Most importantly, they are inaccessible to those who don’t possess the desire to unlock them.

Here are a dozen guitar-driven tracks taken from albums released in 2010. Dead, my fracking arse!

Manic Street Preachers – A Billion Balconies Facing The Sun
The Dead Weather – The Difference Between Us
The Black Keys – Black Mud
Blood Red Shoes – Don’t Ask
The Futureheads – Heartbeat Song
Those Dancing Days – Fuckarias
Grinderman – Worm Tamer
The Joy Formidable – I Don’t Want To See You Like This
The Greenhornes – It’s Not Real
Skunk Anansie – My Ugly Boy
The Indelicates – Your Money
Hole – Skinny Little Bitch