Did a traffic reporter for a local paper derail a Presidental candidate?

The Australian Independent Media Network

If you don’t follow US politics, you may have missed the unfolding scandal in New Jersey, and its implications on US national politics.

This post is not going to look at the actual scandal (it involved a bridge, traffic jams and the New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who was likely to be front-runner for the Republicans in the 2016 presidential elections). Background on the scandal can be found here CNN (Chris Christie bridge scandal: a primer). This post is more about how it went from a minor traffic issue to a major national story.

“Traffic jams are not news,” Rachel Maddow said. “Traffic jams caused by poorly organised ‘traffic studies’ are not even really big news stories. But if the state of New Jersey is being run in such a way that control of interstate assets is being manipulated on purpose to punish specific towns and even specific individuals…

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Is Tony Abbott a sociopath?


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by Turn Left (Alison Parkes) with Penny Carter

Actually, I have no idea whether Tony Abbott is a sociopath or not. I am not a psychiatrist. I am also not going to put up a list of Hare’s traits of a sociopath checklist and trawl through Tony Abbott’s long his of violence, bullying and abuse to find instances of quotes or actions that may correspond with that checklist.

What I will do, is put up Hare’s checklist, and let readers draw their own conclusions, not about whether Tony Abbott is a sociopath, or not… but whether the entire country as a whole needs some time on the leather couch talking about our feelings, our childhoods and our mothers.
• glibness
• superficial charm
• grandiose sense of self-worth
• need for stimulation
• proneness to boredom
• pathological lying
• cunning
• manipulative behaviour
• lack of remorse
• shallow affect [superficial emotional responses]
• callousness
• lack of empathy
• parasitic lifestyle
• poor behavioural control
• lack of realistic long-term goals
• promiscuity
• impulsivity
• irresponsibility
• failure to accept responsibility [for their own actions]
• criminal versatility 1
• relying on sociological strategies and tricks to deceive

The problem is not so much that there are sociopaths, they have always existed, and will always exist in our societies. The problem is we keep electing them to govern over us, then bizarrely, expect they will govern in our best interests.

Like a nation of sheep we bought the lies and myths propagated in the Murdoch and Murdoch mini-me (ABC) media about how Tony is a changed person. Not even three months in, and that choice at the ballot box is proving disastrous. The almost cult-like worshiping of the thug who conned his way into the Lodge means our media has to tell us on a daily basis that black is white in order to maintain the illusion that Tony Abbott is the new messiah who will save Australia from the regional peace and AAA prosperity that Labor delivered us.

This is not who we are, there is nothing peculiarly Australian that requires us to vote in a violent, abusive, bullying man to become Prime Minister. Just as there was nothing in the German people in the 1920s and ’30s that meant they were more likely to vote in a fascist government. The only question is why they continued to support the fascist government, when it become blindingly obvious their leader was a dictator.

As Howard Zinn said: “Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders…and millions have been killed because of this obedience… Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity and war and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves… [and] the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.”
(A video of Matt Damon reading that full speech can be found here…)

The lust for power, the easy access to the bottomless ATM known as taxpayers, the ability to get courts and federal police to bend to your will, is a lure so strong that those with evil and malevolent intentions find it difficult to resist. For these people, the ends justifies the means. The ‘ends’ being access to unlimited power, the ‘means’ is throw anyone under the bus that gets in their way. The trouble is, when the elected officials use lies, propaganda and intimidation to get there, they need to reproduce those tactics on a much larger scale to maintain their position of power, then our democracy gets thrown under that bus.

Do we still think our elected leaders act in the best interest of our country? As recent events in the US has shown, the Right Wing Teaparty republicans were prepared to crash the US economy by hitting the debt ceiling because they are ideologically opposed to poor people getting medical care that doesn’t result in bankruptcy. Our current government (it seems) is governing for the benefit of select few – Tony Abbott, George Pell, Gina Rinehard, Rupert Murdoch.

This current governments policies are ideological, and designed to transform our environment to maximise profits for mining magnate Rinehart, transform our economy to benefit a foreign billionaire Murdoch, push the stone-age values of a religious institution, and our work place laws to benefit a handful of foreign corporation and not millions of people who work for their wages.

We, as a nation, have surrendered our freedom, optimism, compassion, generosity, empathy, in exchange for security* and ended up with neither.

* an illusion of security, both budget and border. I say illusion because the crises that Liberals promise to save us from exist only in their own minds and in newspaper headlines, and do not reflect reality. Our budget under Labor was not an ’emergency’, it was one of the best in the world, our borders are not in crisis because of a couple of boats.

Source: Psychopathy: Antisocial, Criminal, and Violent Behavior
edited by Theodore Millon, Erik Simonsen, Morten Birket-Smith, Roger D. Davis (2003)

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Can you get arrested under QLD’s new VLAD laws for listening to these songs? (possibly not): Music And Politics

Under Queensland’s new VLAD (Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Bill) http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2013/10/15/tough-penalties-for-criminal-gang-members – legislation supposedly aimed at bikies, but can be used against any organisation – a man was arrested for wearing a Sons Of Anarchy t-shirt, which is a television show. The laws are so stringent, even fictional bikies face being outlawed. In another case, a man was denied bail for wearing a Rebels belt buckle.

So here are 20 songs that have a connection to motorbikes – which probably won’t get a lot of love from the Queensland government.

– WARNING: may contain language which may offend some readers –

1. Lil Death
by Imperial Crowns from the Sons Of Anarchy soundtrack (“Albification” episode 1, season 2). I can find little information about this song or this Los Angeles band online, however, Lil Death (or “La petite mort” for those who speak French) has also been in used in the infamous censored “softball” scene from Coyote Ugly which puts this song at 2000 or earlier.
genre: dirty blues, blues rock

sample lyrics: Rolling hard, riding low,
come on baby, your daddy’s coming home

Love come collect me, please, come collect me
I’m so damn high, I can’t come down…
when it’s time to go, this is the way that I want to die
Little death

watch Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBNkPAj3PP0

2. Ride Me Down Easy
by Waylon Jennings (written by Billy Joe Shaver) in 1973. Waylon Jennings was one of the most famous proponents of the Outlaw Country movement. Although it is probably safer to not use the word “outlaw” in Queensland. A song about life on the Highway.

sample lyrics: Hey ride me down easy Lord,
ride me on down
Leave word in the dust where I lay
Say I’m easy come, easy go
Easy to love when I stay

watch Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XS3IE3ktJ8

3. Let The Day Begin
by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (touring Australia mid November) probably best to avoid the tour merchandise if live in Queensland. The original version by The Call was used by Al Gore as his campaign song in the 2000. (Also available as a free download from BRMC from their website http://blackrebelmotorcycleclub.com/letthedaybegin/.
genre: indie rock, alternative rock

sample lyrics: Here’s to the teachers in the crowded rooms
Here’s to the workers in the fields
Here’s to the preachers of the sacred words
Here’s to the drivers at the wheel

watch Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmtQwtcaqLM

4. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
by Queen, written by Freddie Mercury in 1979, (and for fans of Doctor Who, this was the wedding song for Amy and Rory).
genre: classic rock

sample lyrics: I gotta be cool relax, get hip
Get on my track’s …
And take a long ride on my motor bike
Until I’m ready (Ready Freddie)
Crazy little thing called love

watch Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EE34cSvZCd8

5. This Wheel’s On Fire
by The Band written by Rick Danko in 1967. This song was later used as the theme song to the TV show Absolutely Fabulous. The linked version (below) features Rick Danko on lead vocal, bass, Levon Helm on drums, backing vocal, Garth Hudson on Clavinet, Lowrey organ, Rocksichord through a telegraph key, Richard Manuel on acoustic piano, backing vocal and Robbie Robertson on hair styling products.
genre: classic rock, Americana

sample lyrics: This wheel’s on fire,
rolling down the road
Best notify my next of kin
This wheel shall explode!

watch Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVoIjPUTC6o

6. White Out
by Boss Hog, featuring Cristina Martinez of Pussy Galore on vocals and her husband Jon Spencer of The Blues Explosion on guitar. According to Wikipedia, Boss Hog, named after a desirable (“boss”) motorcycle (“hog”).
genre: post punk, indie rock

sample lyrics: I’m coming to see
I was born to see
I’m coming to see the lie
And I’m going to see it
I’m going to see it
I was born to see the lie

watch Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeS_IBJRlD8

7. Leader Of The Pack
by The Shangri-Las in 1964, (written by George “Shadow” Morton – with or without – Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich), but apparently took until 1990 to make it to Number 1 in Australia. Features revving motorbike sound effects throughout. A song about Betty and Jimmy not finding true love because he is the “leader” of the “pack”. Ah! the innocent days of the 1960s when bikie gang leaders could pick-up teenage girls at candy stores.
genre: 60s, girl group, pop

sample lyrics: He sort of smiled and kissed me goodbye
The tears were beginning to show
As he drove away on that rainy night
I begged him to go slow
But whether he heard, I’ll never know
Look out! Look out! Look out! Look out!

watch Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McvWodRXA7k

8. Eddie’s Teddy
from Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Picture Show, a science fiction musical homage to 50s shlock horror movies about a Sweet Transvestite from Transylvania, who is actually from another planet, with lots of catchy songs. Movie version sung by Jonathan Adams, Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Richard O’Brien, Patricia Quinn.
genre: glam rock, musical

sample lyrics: All he wanted
Was rock & roll porn
And a motor bike
Shooting up junk
He was a lowdown cheap little punk
Taking everyone for a ride

When Eddie said he didn’t like his teddy
You knew he was a no good kid

watch Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJtT877xBz8

9. Born To Be Wild
Yep, you knew this was coming somewhere on this list… by Steppenwolf in 1968 by Mars Bonfire (that’s a name? wow, they did a lot of drugs in the 60s). From the Easy Rider soundtrack.
genre: 60s, psychedelic, classic rock

sample lyrics: Get your motor runnin’
Head out on the highway
Lookin’ for adventure
And whatever comes our way
Yeah Darlin’ go make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace
Fire all of your guns at once
And explode into space

watch Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJS8j9YYB9w

10. Farewell Aunty Jack
by Grahame Bond, Rory O’Donoghue in 1973, the closing theme song for the ABC’s The Aunty Jack Show, described by Greg Hunt’s favourite research resource, as a show about “an obese, moustachioed, gravel-voiced transvestite, part trucker and part pantomime dame… dressed in a huge, tent-like blue velvet dress, football socks, workboots, and a golden boxing glove on her right hand. She rode everywhere on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle” (source).

sample lyrics: So remember, you better listen to this song real close coz I’ll tell you what, if you don’t,
I’m gonna jump through your speakers and rip your bloody arms off… and I will too…
Don’t forget it… especially you stupid.
She rides a black bike (I do)
And drives through the night (right)
She’s big, round and fat
But don’t dare tell her that (I bloody well aren’t)
Coz she gets so mean
Her glove starts to gleam
There’s a scream as she plummets away (goodbye me little luvlies)

watch Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQbsW3-DSvk

11. Acoustic Motorbike
Luka Bloom 1991, an acoustic motorbike – would be a pedal bike? perhaps? But, Queensland cops can’t tell the difference between a tv show and a real bikie gang, they’d probably get confused by an acoustic motorbike.
genre: Irish, folk rock

sample lyrics: I work my legs
I pump my thighs
Take in the scenery passing me by …
A motion built upon human toil
Nuclear free needs no oil
But it makes me hot, makes me hard
I never thought I could have come this far

watch Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wylkmlFtSCY

12. Black Boys On Mopeds
by Sinéad O’Connor in 1990, it is hypothesised this is about the killing of black youth, Colin Roach at Stoke Newington police station, UK, and / or UKs Nicolas Bramble who was chased to his death by police on suspicion of riding while black, on a stolen moped, which turned out to be his own bike.
genre: Irish, alternative, rock

sample lyrics: Margaret Thatcher on TV
Shocked by the deaths that took place in Beijing
It seems strange that she should be offended
The same orders are given by her

These are dangerous days
To say what you feel is to dig your own grave

watch Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n14lwdpYkAA

13. Motherfucker On A Motorcycle
by Machine Gun Fellatio from Sydney, the song is basically the title repeated in various ways, over and over.
genre: indie, alternative

sample lyrics: Shes’s a mother fucker on a motorcycle
watch Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAw_qV_kayE

14. Silver Machine
by Hawkwind by Robert Newton Calvert, Dave Brock, in 1972, with Lemmy from Motörhead on bass and vocals. Calvert has described the inspiration for the song “I read this essay by Alfred Jarrey called, “How to Construct a Time Machine”, and … I seemed to suss out immediately that what he was describing was his bicycle.” (source). Although inspired by a bicycle time machine, the lyrics suggest a motorbike.
genre: space rock, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, psychedelic

sample lyrics: I just took a ride
In a silver machine
And I’m still feeling mean.
Do you wanna ride…
I got a silver machine.
It flies side ways thru’ time
It’s an electricline

watch Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfniG-AdSC4

15. The Boys Are Back In Town
by Thin Lizzy by Phil Lynott in 1976, if not about the Hells Angels, it has become associated with Hells Angels over the years. This song was used without permission as a campaign song by Mitt Romney in the 2012 elections, which the Thin Lizzy guitarist says “You have to ask the question: did the Republican Party not consider that they should seek permission before using music in this way? This sort of arrogant and disrespectful treatment of any artist reflects very badly on any Presidential candidate.” (source)
genre: hard rock, classic rock

sample lyrics: Friday night they’ll be dressed to kill
Down at Dino’s bar and grill
The drink will flow and blood will spill
If the boys want to fight, you’d better let them

watch Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpDO_JPuWkY

16. Jeans On
by David Dundas, began life as a jingle for an ad for Brutus Jeans, by David Dundas, Roger Greenaway in 1976. Dundas then stretched his 30-seconds of fame into a career as a one-hit-wonder. This song was later covered by Australia’s very own, New Zealand born Keith Urban.
genre: 70s pop

sample lyrics: You and me, we’ll go motorbike ridin’ in the sun
And the wind and the rain
I got money in my pocket, I got a tiger in my tank
And I’m king of the road again

I pull my blue jeans on, I pull my old blue jeans on

watch Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWdcZqG02Ls

17. Born To Run
by Bruce Springsteen in 1975. The use of the phrase “suicide machine” would suggest the vehicle they are riding is a motorbike on the highway, and not a car. Springsteen’s guitarist Little Steven played one of the mobsters on TVs The Sopranos, during one random scene in Long Term Parking (E12, S05), another associate of Tony Soprano was late, and the reason given was “highway was jammed, with broken heroes, on a last-chance power drive” lyrics from this song.
genre: classic rock

sample lyrics: In the day we sweat it out in the streets of a runaway American dream
At night we ride through mansions of glory in suicide machines
Sprung from cages out on Highway 9,
Chrome wheeled, fuel injected and steppin’ out over the line
Baby this town rips the bones from your back
It’s a death trap, it’s a suicide rap
We gotta get out while were young
’cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run

watch Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxuThNgl3YA

18. Ezy Ryder
by Jimi Hendrix, with vocal help from Steve Winwood and Chris Wood of Traffic, in 1971,> If not directly inspired by, the movie Easy Rider (which featured another Hendrix song “If 6 Was 9” on the soundtrack), then this song draws parallels with Easy Rider.
genre: classic rock, blues, psychedelic

sample lyrics: There goes Ezy
Ezy Ryder
Ridin down the highway of desire
He says the free wind
takes him higher
Tryin to find his heaven above
but he’s dyin to be loved

watch Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bbh0F-90N-M

19. Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting
by Elton John and Anastacia, written by Elton John, Bernie Taupin in 1973, this live (or “live”) version from 2000.
genre: classic rock, piano pop

sample lyrics: Don’t give us none of your aggravation
We had it with your discipline
Saturday night’s alright for fighting
Get a little action in

A couple of the sound that I really like
Are the sounds of a switchblade and a motorbike
I’m a juvenile product of the working class
Whose best friend floats in the bottom of a glass

watch Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-Tb0i42k5U

20. Wild Ones
by Waylon Jennings (yes, two Jennings songs in one list) from the 1995 album “Waymore’s Blues Part II”, no connection to The Wild One the 1953 American outlaw biker film starring Marlon Brando.
genre: outlaw country

sample lyrics: We were the wild ones
The ones they couldn’t control
We were survivors
Good hearts, body and soul

We were the winners
‘Cause we didn’t know we could fail
We were the wild ones
And we had the world by the tail

watch Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF9jubKjVAk

Marlon Brando, publicity still from ‘The Wild One’ 1953

Take The Money And Run – Tony Abbotts top 15 countdown: Music And Politics

With the mainstream media trying its hardest to either ignore or explain away why Tony Abbott and his front bench are entitled to rort the taxpayer, this weeks post is looking at songs about money.

– Language warning –

Take The Money And Run
Might sound familiar to anyone who listened to classic rock radio during the 70s and 80s, Steve Miller gave permission for the use of his song, and got paid. The new version (and the original) follow the story of a couple who steal themselves some money and then go on the run.

artist: Run-DMC, Everlast, Steve Miller Band – genre: old school, hip hop, classic rock – year 2001 –
sample lyrics:

C’mon take the money and run
C’mon take the money and run
C’mon take the money and run
hey, hey, hey

watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTr-BH1Dl_s

The Hardest Part
Tells the story of a bank heist.

artist: Blondie – genre: new wave, 80s – year 1980 – Writer(s): Chris Stein, Debbie Harry
sample lyrics:

No short heist, no overnight,
big money, take you to Brazil

Ooh, I need to feel some hardened steel,
deliver the big money deal

watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEjCDriXwnI

Money (That’s What I Want)
A song about someone wanting money, lots of it and demanding it.

artist: The Flying Lizards – genre: post punk, experimental – year 1979 – Writer(s): Janie Bradford / Berry Gordy
sample lyrics:

I want money
I want lots of money
In fact I want so much money
Give me your money
Just give me money

watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-P2qL3qkzk

It’s Money That I Love
A song about loving money and all the things that it can buy.

artist: Randy Newman – genre: piano, pop – year 1979 – Writer(s): Randy Newman
sample lyrics:

And I don’t love Jesus
He never done a thing for me

It’s Money That I Love
It’s Money That I Love

Used to worry about the poor
But I don’t worry anymore

It’s Money That I Love
It’s Money That I Love

watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQ_4ss9v7Z4

The Fun Lovin’ Criminal
Tells about the criminals, who love money and living the high life.

artist: Fun Lovin’ Criminals – genre: funk, alternative rock – year 1996 – Writer(s): Fun Lovin’ Criminals
sample lyrics:

One, two, three and I come with the redneck style
Because you know I get paid by the mile

Stick ’em up punk, it’s the Fun Lovin’ Criminal
Means with the green, murder on your spleen
Living in a dream do you know what I mean

watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AVTjHlRiP4

Disclaimer: Fun Lovin’ Criminals is the name of the artist, this is not, absolutely, unequivocally, totally NOT, a comment on what Tony Abbott has done with our tax-pauper money.

Rich Girl
About a girl dreaming of all the things she could do if she was a rich girl, all the things she could buy, things she could own.

artist: Gwen Stefani feat. Eve – genre: pop, rock – year 2004 – Writer(s): Mark Batson, Jerry Bock, Kara DioGuardi, Mike Elizondo, Eve, Sheldon Harnick, Chantal Kreviazuk, Gwen Stefani, Andre Young; an adaptation of the Fiddler on the Roof song “If I Were a Rich Man” by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock
sample lyrics:

If I was rich girl (na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na nah)
See, I’d have all the money in the world, if I was a wealthy girl
No man could test me, impress me, my cash flow would never ever end
Cause I’d have all the money in the world, if I was a wealthy girl

watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rlNpWYQunY

No Banker Left Behind
Written in response to the Wall Street bailouts, and no matter how bad an economy, no matter how dire the budget emergency, the rich and over-entitled are always taken care of first.

artist: Ry Cooder – genre: blues, folk – year 2011 – Writer(s):
sample lyrics:

And the afternoon was sunny and the weather it was fine
They counted out our money and no banker was left behind

No banker no banker no banker could I find
When the train pulled out next morning no banker was left behind

watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxaY_mxYflg

Gold Digger
From the perspective man who is telling other men to watch out for the women who just want men for what they can buy her. However, in the end, the man is just going to leave her for someone else.

artist: Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx – genre: hip hop, RnB – year 2005 – Writer(s): Kanye West, Ray Charles, Renald Richard
sample lyrics:

She take my money when I’m in need
Yeah she’s a trifling friend indeed
Oh she’s a gold digger way over town
That digs on me

Now I ain’t sayin’ she a gold digger (when I’m in need)
But she ain’t messin’ with no broke …

Now I ain’t saying you’re a gold digger you got needs

watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vwNcNOTVzY

Two Little Girls From Little Rock
From the movie ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ starring Monroe and Russell, and their quest to marry, the Blonde for money, the brunette for love.

artist: Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell – genre: showtunes, old Hollywood – year 1953 – Writer(s): Leo Robin, Ken Darby, Eliot Daniel
sample lyrics:

I was young and determined, to be wined and dined and ermined
and I worked at it all around the clock.

Though I never did learn to read or write,
I learned about love in the pale moonlight

I learned an awful lot in Little Rock,
and here’s some advice I’d like to share:
find a gentleman who is shy or bold,
or short or tall, or young or old…
as long as the guy’s a millionaire!

watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wV4CMmlR1X0

‘Cuz I Can
It’s the bling, the pointless consumerism, the boasting and bragging, the breaking the rules, because of how much money is in the pocket.

artist: P!nk – genre: pop, rock – year 2007 – Writer(s): Alecia Moore, Max Martin, Lukasz Gottwald
sample lyrics:

So I’ll cash my cheques and place my bets
And hope I’ll always win
Even if I don’t I’m fucked because
I live a life of sin
But it’s alright
I don’t give a damn
I don’t play your rules I make my own
I’ll do what I want
Cuz I can

watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZGi1j5W6AI

Steal Money
A Brisbane band, their song is about theft, corporatism, and all the benefits that money can bring.

artist: – genre: electropop, indie – year 2012 –
sample lyrics:

I don’t have to work for money
Never an inch
You tell me now I’ve got nothing
But girl I’m rich

Keep the spotlight on me (spotlight on me)
I’ll steal all your money (all your money)
I’ll save my revenue (revenue)
But I won’t spend it on you (on you)

They get richer, you get poorer
Economics is fun
They’ll sneak in and steal your shit
It’s easy coz you’re dumb

watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szMSFtgbbbA

Son Of A Scoundrel
From the 1970 Ned Kelly movie soundtrack, starring Mick Jagger.

artist: Kris Kristofferson – genre: outlaw, country – year 1970 Writer(s): Shel Silverstein
sample lyrics:

With buckets of loot and big black leather boots
Acting so haughty and well-born

But we of Australia, we’re children of convicts
And some of us wear it quite proudly
So as he rides by in his carriage so fine
I wave and I call to him loudly

Was your grandma a whore, was your grandpa a thief
Were they forgers and grafters who fell to their grief

watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZvo7zKozdQ

Did You Steal My Money

artist: The Who – genre: classic rock, British – year 1981 Writer(s): Pete Townshend
sample lyrics:

Did you steal it
Did you screw me
Did you peel it
Did you do me

Did you know that poor old veteran
That you kicked out of his bed
Says that he cannot forget you
But he does not wish you dead

Did you pinch my brasso
Nick my gelt you asshole

Did You Steal My Money?

watch: Youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hbweqz1BDQE

Yell Fire
Franti talks the Wall Street banksters who will fill their pockets while the poor suffer, and how consumerism is lulling us in a coma of apathy to never want to change that.

artist: Michael Franti and Spearhead – genre: – year 2006 Writer(s): Carl Young, Dave Shul, Michael Franti
sample lyrics:

Spend it all today and we will bill you tomorrow
Three piece suits and bank accounts in Bahamas
Wall street crime will never send you to the slammer

watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dh-8mw9MKbQ

Can’t Buy Me Love
Paul McCartney said “The idea behind it was that all these material possessions are all very well, but they won’t buy me what I really want”.

artist: The Beatles – genre: classic, 60s, pop – year 19 Writer(s): Lennon–McCartney
sample lyrics:

Say you don’t need no diamond ring and I’ll be satisfied
Tell me that you want the kind of thing that money just can’t buy
I don’t care too much for money, money can’t buy me love

Can’t buy me love, love
Can’t buy me love

watch: Youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=venzPNvge18‎

Top 10 Long Distance Love Song Dedications to Anthony Albanese

– Language warning –

Anthony Albanese (Albo) and Bill Shorten are both in the running for the leadership of the ALP. Albo is standing on a platform of “vision, unity and strength”. Bill is standing. ALP members have already begun receiving ballots. Both are worthy candidates.
Full campaign launch video at the end of this post

1. Mr Brightside by The Killers
Albanese’s song of choice. According to ABC radio 702 Sydney, this was the song Albanese used as his campaign launch song.

Destiny is calling me
Open up my eager eyes
‘Cause I’m Mr Brightside

Watch: Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGdGFtwCNBE

2. You’re the One That I Want – Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta

I got chills, They’re multiplying, And I’m losing control
‘Cause the power you’re supplying
It’s electrifying!

You’re the one that I want
Oo-oo-oo, honey
The one that I want
Oo-oo-oo, honey
The one that I want
Oo-oo-oo, the one I need
Oh, yes indeed

Watch: Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKX9J2ENXTs

3. Yuppie Scum – Tom Robinson
Adapted by TR from Jacques Brel’s ‘Les Bourgeois’

Yuppie scum – smug and dumb
The richer they are, the thicker they get
Yuppie scum – smug and dumb
As they get old they all forget

Watch: Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=a32G9b77BDU

4. 15 Years – The Exploited

Kick out the tories
Send them on their way

15 years
15 years
Fuck off we say

Watch: Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_dYtO8VNos

5. Solidarity Forever – Bob Hawke
This version by former ALP prime minister, Bob Hawke, lyrics: Ralph Chaplin

In our hands is placed a power
greater than their hoarded gold;
Greater than the might of armies,
magnified a thousand-fold.
We can bring to birth a new world
from the ashes of the old

Watch: Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkYTznVWAgY

6. Kick Out the Tories – Newtown Neurotics

Lets kick out the Tories
The rulers of this land
For they are the enemies
Of the British working man
And it shows, while that bastard is in
Watch: Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqRtFqoVW6k

7. Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen

Someday girl I don’t know when were gonna get to that place
Where we really want to go and well walk in the sun
But till then tramps like us baby we were born to run

Watch: Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxuThNgl3YA

8. Helps Me Helps You – Midnight Oil
with the former ALP Education Minister, Peter Garrett, on lead vocals

Have I got a wonderful deal for you
What belongs to me belongs to you
I understand what you’re going through
I know the point to push you to

My policy helps me helps you
Generosity helps me helps you
Put you trust in me I’ll help you too

Watch: Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPxsfdIEDHY

9. (I Got Every Thing I Need) Almost – The Blues Brothers

I got everything I need, almost
I got everything I need, almost
But I don’t got you
And you’re the thing I need the most

Watch: Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQOhuqYUCxw

10. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths
Chifley’s light on the hill may be fading, but it can shine again

There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out

Watch: Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-cD4oLk_D0

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    The Revolution will not be televised, not while Rupert is in control – 31 songs of liberation from the Murdocracy


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    Tom Morello, guitarist formerly with Rage Against The Machine

    – Language warning –

    History is not written by the winners, it is written by the writers: the poets, the story tellers, the song writers and playwrights. Music can tell our stories when newspapers and television fails to. With near saturation levels of Murdoch ownership of Australian media, with mining magnates and Liberal party lackeys making up the numbers, alternative voices are being sidelined. We still have music, and that is one place that Rupert hasn’t got his grubby, phone-hacking, police-bribing, hands on, yet.

    The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
    … at least not with Rupert dominating Australian media ownership. But it will be blogged, and tweeted and whatever social media platform will take over from twitter. The revolution will be live, stop watching Foxtel, turn off your televisions, walk out the door, we can all be participants, if we choose.

    artist: Gil Scott-Heron – genre: funk, poetry – year 1971 Writer(s): Gil Scott-Heron
    sample lyrics:

    The revolution will not be right back after a message
    about a white tornado, white lightning, or white people.

    The revolution will not be televised, will not be televised,
    will not be televised, will not be televised.
    The revolution will be no re-run brothers;
    The revolution will be live.

    watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGaRtqrlGy8

    The following three songs are a response to the media domination of Rupert Murdoch in the UK where his domination is not anywhere near Australia’s levels. These songs speak directly to the issue of Mr Murdoch, rather than media in general.

    Dear Mr. Murdoch
    Roger Taylor, of Queen, who has been active against Murdoch for decades, even helping supporters buy up a football team to prevent a Murdoch take-over. Taylor wrote this song in 1994, and updated it in 2011 following the News Of The World events.

    artist: Roger Taylor – genre: classic rock – year 1994 / 2011Writer(s): Roger Taylor
    sample lyrics:

    Dear Mr. Murdoch, what have you done
    With your news of the screws and your soaraway sun?
    You sharpen our hatred
    You’ve blunted our minds
    We’re drowning in nipples and bingo and sex crimes

    watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pecFVzIfCNA

    Never Buy the Sun
    Billy Bragg has a good idea – don’t consume Murdoch media. Bragg’s song talks about a 20-plus-years boycott of Murdoch’s the Sun by the people of Liverpool related to their coverage of Hillsborough Disaster, and was written in response to the News Of The World scandal that involved hacking a murdered girls phone and bribing police.
    *also available as a free legal download from Billy Bragg’s website: Never Buy The Sun

    artist: Billy Bragg – genre: folk, rock – year 2011 Writer(s): Billy Bragg
    sample lyrics:

    Tabloids making millions betting bullshit baffles brains
    They cynically hold up their hands if anyone complains
    And they say “All we’re doing is giving people what they want”
    Well they’re crying out for justice, people crying out for justice

    In the corridors of power they all sit down to sup
    With the devil and his minions, and they ask for his opinions
    And the politicians they wring their hands and cry “What’s to be done?”
    And Scousers never buy the Sun

    watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uWw7kuiCss

    News Of The World
    Written well before the News Of The World hacking scandal, it describes in all ugly glory the state of Fleet Street media run by an ex-Australian.

    artist: The Jam – genre: mod, rock, new wave – year 1978 Writer(s): Bruce Foxton of The Jam
    sample lyrics:

    The truth is in what you see, not what you read
    Little men tapping things out, points of view
    Remember their views are not the gospel truth

    Don’t believe it all
    Find out for yourself
    Check before you spread
    News of the world

    watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAXeUKPwBj4

    Soundtrack To The Struggle
    UK artist, Lowkey, speaks on political issues – peace, anti-military-industrial-complex, Palestine – that tend to not make the corporate media.

    artist: Lowkey – genre: grime, UK hip hop – year 2011 Writer(s): Lowkey
    sample lyrics:

    Declared a republic, and ended your monarchy
    Your corporate dictatorship, pretends it’s democracy
    I hold your bloodline, accountable for every crime
    Adam Smith to Rothschild, it’s all been a clever lie
    Two choices now, revolution or genocide
    But thanks to Rupert Murdoch neither one will be televised

    watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToVvakKePYM

    The following three* songs look at the situation of media in Australia, and cover more general media issues, other than ownership.

    The 77% refers to the percent of Australians who supported the HoWARd governments actions in regarding the use of the military against the Norwegian ship MV Tampa (more info here). The Herd are calling out the racism and xenophobia encouraged by right-wing dominated talk-back radio and commercial television. – Language warning for the video link –

    artist: The Herd – genre: Aussie hip hop – year 2003 Writer(s): The Herd
    sample lyrics:

    Talkback squawking hacks won’t relax
    Until Jones’y, Zemanek and Laws are all axed
    77 percent of aussies are racist
    And if you’re here, I’ll say it your faces
    Rich redneck pricks still hold all the aces

    No doubt your as bad as your dads and ya mums
    Mainsteam media making me so fucking glum
    Just Anglo reality, intellectual cavities
    Channel 9 fostering prejudiced mentalities
    I won’t be a casualty, just mention casually
    That I can’t stand for you shit-eating bullies
    Preying on peeps without a mainstream voice
    Most of you stay silent but I’ve got no choice

    watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQnGqdFO9EY

    This song is from the perspective of how the media is used to brainwash us with propaganda, telling us what their corporate owners want us to know and only half the picture.

    artist: The John Butler Trio – genre: roots rock, indie – year 2001 Writer(s): John Butler
    sample lyrics:

    What you watch, what you read
    What you perceive is to be truth
    It is all so subjective
    So what you believe is up to you

    But what are we to believe in
    Between the lies and the truth? Youth
    Media has vested interest
    So what you believe is up to you.
    You know its up to you
    Don’t believe the lies, read between the lines,
    Don’t believe the lies, critically analyse

    watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2jeTGhJz4o

    Horror Movie
    Keep people fearful and they are less likely to challenge the status quo, they will happily trade freedom for the illusion of security. “If it bleeds, it leads”, the cameras and microphones ever-present at every tragedy, war and natural disaster have become “war-porn” or “disaster-porn”, other people’s tragedies and heartbreak wedged between ads for useless consumer products.

    artist: Skyhooks – genre: 70s Aussie rock – year 19 Writer(s): Greg Macainish
    sample lyrics:

    Horror movie right there on my TV
    Horror movie and there’s known abuse
    Horror movie, it’s the six-thirty news
    Horror movie, it’s the six-thirty news

    The public’s waitin’ for the killin’ and the hatin’
    Switch on the station, oh yeah
    They do a lot a-sellin’ ‘tween the firin’ and the yellin’-a

    watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7l8rlnMpCI

    *Bonus Whyalla Wipeout
    The obsession with right-wing spin and doom and gloom coming from the Liberal party during their 3-year election campaign, accepted as news worthy by media and presented as important to viewers was parodied by then-Trades minister, Craig Emerson as “Whyalla Wipeout”, backed by Skyhooks ‘Horror Movie’, after Tony Abbott said the carbon price would wipe Whyalla off the map. (Note: Whyalla is still standing).

    artist: Skyhooks feat. Dr Craig Emerson – genre: parody – year 2012 Writer(s): Dr Craig Emerson (possibly)
    sample lyrics:

    No Whyalla wipe-out there on my TV, No Whyalla wipe-out there on my TV,
    …shocking me right out of my brain

    watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZboCxbTzHk

    Who owns our media, and what they serve up to us, why is this important?

    When Julia Gillard was Prime Minister, she called out the shallowness and callowness of media, telling them “if I could put it as clearly as I can, I would say to you, ‘Don’t write crap‘” – the Australian media didn’t listen. The trivialisation of news as it becomes a vehicle for ads means we are not getting the whole picture of the state of the world.

    Dirty Laundry
    The media are still feeding us crap, obsessed with celeb diets, celeb breaks-ups and break-downs and celeb dirty laundry, you would hardly know there was wars, famines, melting glaciers, floods, austerity around the world – not when there are celebrities! not when there is Dirty Laundry to be aired on national TV.

    This live version is dedicated by Mr Henley to Mr Rupert Murdoch

    artist: Don Henley – genre: 80s soft rock – year 1982 Writer(s): Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar
    sample lyrics:

    We can do “The Innuendo”
    We can dance and sing
    When it’s said and done we haven’t told you a thing
    We all know that Crap is King
    Give us dirty laundry!

    watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzT10MSgKtU

    When The Revolution Comes
    The media thrive on hate, dissent, and mass shootings. War is good for business, keep people too frightened to leave their homes, keep watching television, keep buying useless consumer products, and never ask “Why?”.

    artist: The Last Poets – genre: spoken word, hip hop, funk – year 1970 (?) Writer(s): Omar Ben Hassen
    sample lyrics:

    When the revolution comes
    When the revolution comes
    When the revolution comes some of us will probably catch it on TV, with chicken hanging from our mouths. You’ll know its revolution cause there won’t be no commercials
    When the revolution comes

    The cost of revolution is 360 degrees understand the cycle that never ends
    Understand the beginning to be the end and nothing is in between but space and time that I make or you make to relate or not to relate to the world outside my mind your mind. Speak not of revolution until you are willing to eat rats to survive

    watch: Youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=8M5W_3T2Ye4

    No Shelter
    Criticising consumerism, especially that portrayed in the media to be rebellion, even consuming media itself “Godzilla, pure muthafuckin’ filler” is like a drug as mass media seeks to distract us from important issues like hospitals that can’t make profits

    artist: Rage Against The Machine – genre: alternative rock, alternative metal – year 1998 Writer(s): Rage Against The Machine [Tom Morello, Zack de la Rocha, Brad Wilk, Tim Commerford]
    sample lyrics:

    To advertise some hip disguise
    View tha world from American eyes
    Tha poor adore keep fiendin’ for more
    Tha thin line between entertainment and war

    They fix the need, develop the taste
    Buy their products or get laid to waste

    Godzilla, pure muthafuckin’ filler
    To keep ya eyes off the real killer
    Cinema, simulated life, ill drama
    Fourth Reich culture, Americana
    Chained to the dream they got ya searchin’ for
    Tha thin line between entertainment and war

    watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NEoesmnYU4

    Choose Life
    We can choose a life of mindless consumption, watching TV and choosing between Product A and Product B, or we can choose a Life.

    artist: PF Project feat. Ewan McGregor – genre: electronic, trance – year 1996 Writer(s): Tzant
    sample lyrics:

    Choose a fucking big television
    Choose washing machines, cars,
    compact disc players, and electrical tin openers …
    Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing
    spirit-crushing ga me shows
    Stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth.
    Choose rotting away at the end of it all,
    wishing you last in a miserable home
    Nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish,
    fucked-up brats
    You have spawned to replace yourself.
    Choose your future. Choose life.

    watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0K-V8ZWyNMs

    Television, the Drug of the Nation
    If television, phones, computers are a drug, then what do you do with an addiction – you go to rehab. Unfortunately, some people are saying “no, no, no”. Too many think their Foxtel subscription doesn’t make a difference, since they can see through the bias. That’s like me saying, “sure, I donate money to the Liberal party, but I can see through the bias”. Turn the money tap off, turn off the TV, unsub from Foxtel, stop buying their newspapers and clicking their links.

    artist: The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy – genre: hip hop, alternative rap – year 1992 Writer(s): Michael Franti
    sample lyrics:

    Television, the drug of the Nation
    Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation

    T.V. is mechanized politic’s
    remote control over the masses
    co-sponsered by environmentally safe gases
    watch for the PBS special

    It’s the perpetuation of the two-party system
    where image takes precedence over wisdom
    Where sound bite politics are served to
    the fast food culture

    Where straight teeth in your mouth
    are more important than the words
    that come out of it

    watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ky4uYnsF3kc

    Nothing On My Mind

    artist: Paul Kelly – genre: Aussie rock, folk – year 1996? Writer(s): Paul Kelly
    sample lyrics:

    I just want nothing on my mind

    There was a man on the radio today talking about the young people
    Said we should listen to the young people, said they’re a victim of conspiracy
    The young people, Jesus! What’s that supposed to mean?
    I never did one damn good thing ’til I was over thirty

    watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IREBNzEKzFY

    Oldest Story In The World

    artist: Heart – genre: classic rock, hard rock – year 2004 Writer(s): N. Wilson, A. Wilson, C. Bartock
    sample lyrics:

    Crash the television
    Thrash those games and fools
    Gotta get a resolution
    Better get back to school

    It’s the oldest story in the world
    There is nowhere left to hide
    We just take it all in stride
    When there’s no more asking why

    watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CZoqzaJIKA

    I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves. Harriet Tubman

    I Wish I knew How it Would Feel to be Free
    We don’t have chains, we have electronic cords, connecting us to our gadgets.

    artist: Nina Simone – genre: jazz, soul, blues – year 1967 Writer(s): Billy Taylor and Dick Dallas
    sample lyrics:

    I wish I knew how it would feel to be free
    I wish I could break all the chains holding me
    I wish I could say all the things that I should say
    say ’em loud, say ’em clear
    for the whole round world to hear

    watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSUlgOzARy4

    Redemption Song
    Lyrics of this song were taken from a speech by Marcus Garvey 1937:
    We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery because whilst others might free the body, none but ourselves can free the mind. Mind is your only ruler, sovereign. The man who is not able to develop and use his mind is bound to be the slave of the other man who uses his mind …

    artist: Bob Marley & the Wailers – genre: reggae, roots reggae – year 1979

    artist: Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – genre: alternative, punk, rock – year 2002 Writer(s): Bob Marley

    sample lyrics:

    Emancipate yourself from mental slavery,
    None but our self can free our minds

    Won’t you help to sing
    These songs of freedom?

    watch Bob Marley: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFGgbT_VasI

    watch Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F10tP5HIpaA

    watch Johnny Cash and Joe Strummer: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cz8_H5m6ymA

    * A Chris Cornell version of this song is available for free legal download here: Internet Archive – http://archive.org/details/ChrisCornellLiveInSweden

    Free Your Mind

    artist: En Vogue – genre: pop, RnB, soul – year 1992 Writer(s): Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy
    sample lyrics:

    Free your mind and the rest will follow
    (Why oh why must it be this way)
    Be colour blind don’t be so shallow
    (Before you can read me you gotta learn how to see me)

    watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7iQbBbMAFE

    So what do we do? Boycott Murdoch media as Billy Bragg suggests, or consume it with a more critical eye.


    Become The Media
    This two-part spoken word piece by Jello Biafra talks about the dumbing down of media, and how we no longer have to accept being passive consumers of what big corporations feed us. We can become the media. As citizen journalism, blogs, video news channels, and almost everyone with a camera in our pockets, we don’t need Rupert telling us what is news and what isn’t.

    artist: Jello Biafra – genre: spoken word – year 2000 Writer(s): Jello Biafra
    sample lyrics:

    Don’t hate the media, become the media

    We demand more fair and more accurate balanced news coverage

    And if we don’t get it, hehehehe, we’ll make it ourselves

    We will not go quietly, and shut up and shop. We will boycott you and boycott your sponsors.

    watch Part 1: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tye4vEYj5oc
    watch Part 2: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1fhz9NtBoQ

    Mexican Radio
    Back when the Mexican and USAmerican governments were making agreements on who could control the airwaves, ‘border blaster’ radio stations set up on the Mexican side and blasted their radio on the FM band into the United States. These were not pirate radio stations.

    artist: Wall Of Voodoo – genre: new wave, synth pop, post-punk – year 1982 Writer(s): Wall of Voodoo
    sample lyrics:

    I dial it in and tune the station
    They talk about the U.S. inflation
    I understand just a little
    No comprende, it’s a riddle

    watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V04IBsz-9Wo

    This Is Radio Clash

    artist: The Clash – genre: classic rock, punk – year 1981 Writer(s): Paul Simon, Mick Jones, Nicholas Headon, Joe Strummer
    sample lyrics:

    Interrupting all programmes
    This is radio clash from pirate satellite
    Orbiting your living room, cashing in the bill of rights
    Cuban army surplus or refusing all third lights
    This is radio clash on pirate satellite

    This sound does not subscribe to the international plan
    In the psycho shadow of the white right hand
    Then that see ghettology as an urban Vietnam
    Giving deadly exhibitions of murder by napalm

    watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77EAvs4dq0k

    Listener Supported

    artist: Michael Franti and Spearhead – genre: hip hop, political – year 2001 Writer(s): Franti, Marie Daulne
    sample lyrics:

    Live and direct we comin’ never pre-recorded
    With information that will never be reported
    Disregard the mainstream media distorted
    Whoop! whoop!
    We comin’ listener supported
    Live and direct we comin’ never pre-recorded
    With information that will never be reported
    Disregard the mainstream media distorted
    Whoop! whoop!
    We comin’ listener supported

    Don’t take no prisoners if can’t afford to feed none
    Don’t start no fights if you can’t predict the outcome
    Don’t make donations where you cannot get your dough back
    Fuck the apathetic bullshittas send em’ all your prozac
    I will not climb into your telephone tree
    And “hell no you cannot put me on hold!”

    watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixJOR63Ra18

    How We Gonna Make The Black Nation Rise

    artist: Brother ‘D’ and Collective Effort – genre: old school, rap, hip hop – year 1980 Writer(s): ?
    sample lyrics:

    How We Gonna Make The Black Nation Rise?
    Agitate, Educate, Organize
    How We Gonna Make The Black Nation Rise?
    Agitate, Educate, Organize
    How We Gonna Make The Black Nation Rise?
    Agitate, Educate, Organize

    watch: Youtube

    In the end, though, it is up to each of us to ignore the spin, lies, distortions, obfuscations, and propaganda that passes for news that fills our airways and newspapers. It is up to us to stop putting our money in their bank accounts, if we don’t like what they are selling us, and telling us.

    It is time we tell Rupert, Gina, Kerry and the Liberal party PR agency (the media organisation formerly known as ABC):

    You Don’t Speak for Me

    artist: Judy Small – genre: folk – year 1988 Writer(s): Judy Small (?)
    sample lyrics:

    You who poison the airwaves with Genghis Khan views
    You broadcast your bias and call it the news
    You say that you speak for the millions out there
    And deny that you’re lighting a dangerous fuse
    You don’t speak for me, no you don’t speak for me

    You don’t speak for me, you don’t speak for my friends
    We’ve followed that line, we’ve seen where it ends
    Intolerance, hatred, division and strife
    You don’t speak for me

    watch: Youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEzt1B2Oo9A

    You Don’t Own Me

    artist: Lesley Gore – genre: classic rock, 60s pop – year 1964 Writer(s): John Madara and David White
    sample lyrics:

    And don’t tell me what to do
    Don’t tell me what to say
    And please, when I go out with you
    Don’t put me on display ’cause

    You don’t own me
    Don’t try to change me in any way
    You don’t own me
    Don’t tie me down ’cause I’d never stay

    watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNb-8gLcXLs

    Killing In The Name

    artist: Rage Against The Machine – genre: alternative rock, alternative metal – year 1992 Writer(s): Rage Against the Machine [Tom Morello, Zack de la Rocha, Brad Wilk, Tim Commerford]
    sample lyrics:

    Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me.
    Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me.
    Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me.
    Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me.
    Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me.
    Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me.
    Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me.

    watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWXazVhlyxQ

    The Revolution

    artist: BT – genre: electronic – year 2001 Writer(s): Brian Transeau
    sample lyrics:

    The Revolution will be televised.
    The Revolution will be a war of attrition.
    Wars against the sleeping.
    The Revolution will be fought in all forms of media.
    It’ll be fought on phone lines…
    on cable modems…
    and our cell phones
    and our palm pilots…
    The revolution will be fought on

    watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyrx2QlCL34

    Glory Glory To South Sydney
    One last song that will really annoy Rupert. Why the South Sydney football club song? During the Superleague V NRL war, when Rupert Murdoch tried to own everything, he couldn’t control the sport of Rugby league, so he formed his own rival code, which failed, and so the two competitions were re-merged. South Sydney were kicked out of the competition, a club with a long and proud history, a foundation team. Gone. The Club and supporters went to court against NRL and News Limited and won the right to get back into. This was one of Rupert’s public failures, his / News Limiteds inability to stop the combined might of people power, the law and justice.
    (as I understand it, but more information here)

    Sounds strangely reminiscent of Solidarity Forever.
    artist: unknown – genre: football club song
    sample lyrics:

    Glory Glory to South Sydney

    watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVMtpIHkR_I

    lyrics sourced from a variety of online sites, apologies for any errors
    genres are via Last.FM
    videos linked but no embedded, they make word press slow to load and glitchy

    31 songs to beat those post-election break-up blues and fuel the revolution


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    As Rebel Diaz said “music is resistance, it’s the voice of the poor“, here are a selection of songs, to inspire, enlighten, entertain, sooth a broken heart and steel your nerves for the 3-year challenge that lay ahead.

    Language warning

    artist: Candi Staton – song: Best Thing You Ever Had
    genre: soul, RnB – year 1972

    sample lyrics:
    I hope you are happy / With your new love / I hope she brings you joy
    Into your world / But just leave on baby / Time is gonna prove I was the best thing you ever had / I know I was

    watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeBDbaPRv3M

    artist: Bruce Springsteen – song: No Surrender
    genre: classic rock – year 1984

    sample lyrics:
    Well, we made a promise we swore we’d always remember / No retreat, baby, no surrender
    Like soldiers in the winter’s night / With a vow to defend /
    No retreat, baby, no surrender

    watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MD3DdskaPhs

    artist: Lily Allen – song: Fuck You (Very Much)
    genre: Britpop – year 2009

    sample lyrics:
    So you say / It’s not okay to be gay / Well I think you’re just evil / You’re just some racist who can’t tie my laces / Your point of view is medieval

    Fuck you / Fuck you very, very much / Cause we hate what you do / And we hate your whole crew / So please don’t stay in touch

    watch: Youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=OK4fJhbRL1g

    artist: Gil Scott-Heron – song: B-Movie
    genre: funk, poetry – year 1981

    sample lyrics:
    Well, the first thing I want to say is: Mandate my ass!

    The idea concerns the fact that this country wants nostalgia.
    They want to go back as far as they can – even if it’s only as far as last week.
    Not to face now or tomorrow, but to face backwards.

    Civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights: …it’s all wrong.
    Call in the cavalry to disrupt this perception of freedom gone wild.
    God damn it, first one wants freedom, then the whole damn world wants freedom.

    watch: Youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLtRHN7fsgY

    artist: Ani DiFranco – song: ¿Which Side Are You On?
    genre: folk, alternative – year 2012
    reworked lyrics from Florence Reece

    sample lyrics:
    They stole a few elections / Still we the people won
    We voted out corruption and Big corporations

    We voted for an end to war / New direction
    We ain’t gonna stop now / Until our job is done

    watch: Youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyMGH3maB1U

    artist: Christina Aguilera – song: Fighter
    genre: pop, soul – year 2002

    sample lyrics:
    Makes me that much stronger / Makes me work a little bit harder
    It makes me that much wiser / So thanks for making me a fighter
    Made me learn a little bit faster / Made my skin a little bit thicker
    Makes me that much smarter / So thanks for making me a fighter

    watch: Youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=PstrAfoMKlc

    artist: Dropkick Murphys – song: Worker’s Song
    genre: Celtic punk – year 2003
    lyrics: Ed Pickford

    sample lyrics:
    We’re the first ones to starve, we’re the first ones to die / The first ones in line for that pie-in-the-sky / And we’re always the last when the cream is shared out / For the worker is working when the fat cat’s about

    watch: Youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQfGTDyjVSE

    artist: Billy Bragg & Wilco – song: All You Fascists
    genre: indi, folk rock – year 1997
    lyrics: Woody Guthrie

    sample lyrics:
    I’m gonna tell all you fascists you may be surprised
    The people in this world are getting organized
    You’re bound to lose, you fascists are bound to lose

    You’re bound to lose! you fascists! / Bound to lose

    watch: Youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyjNRmSPVMM

    artist: Frenzal Rhomb – song: You Can’t Move Into My House
    genre: pop punk – year 1997

    sample lyrics:
    I’d rather eat a fridge full of arses than know you / And I’ve tried with all my might to see past / all your failings but I’ve failed to give a fuck
    You’re a fuck-up, you’re a joke / You’re a clown, take your pants down,
    Get fucked you fucking fuckwit / no you can’t move into my house.

    watch: Youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zkMNa0Xi5I

    artist: Pat Benatar – song: Hit Me With Your Best Shot
    genre: classic rock – year 1980
    lyrics: Eddie Schwartz

    sample lyrics:
    You come on with a come on, you don’t fight fair / But that’s O.K., see if I care! / Knock me down, it’s all in vain / I’ll get right back on my feet again!

    Hit Me With Your Best Shot! / Why Don’t You Hit Me With Your Best Shot!
    Hit Me With Your Best Shot! / Fire Away!

    watch: Youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRbXMWYMNno

    artist: Gloria Gaynor – song: I Will Survive
    genre: disco, soul – year 1978
    lyrics: Dino Fekaris, Freddie Perren

    sample lyrics:
    Did you think I’d crumble? Did you think I’d lay down and die?

    Oh, no, not I, I will survive / Oh, as long as I know how to love, I know I’ll stay alive / I’ve got all my life to live, I’ve got all my love to give / And I’ll survive, I will survive,

    watch: Youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tth-8wA3PdY‎

    artist: Cold Chisel – song: You Got Nothing I Want
    genre: Aussie, classic rock – year 1981

    sample lyrics:
    You got nothing I want / You got nothing I need

    I don’t want to see you again / I don’t want you for a friend
    I don’t want you hanging around / I don’t mind just putting you down.

    watch: Youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZXpqhXSDrE

    artist: Public Image Ltd – song: Rise
    genre: post punk – year 1986
    lyrics: John Lydon, Bill Laswell

    sample lyrics:
    Anger is an energy / Anger is an energy
    Anger is an energy
    Anger is an energy

    watch: Youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=zN-GGeNPQEg

    artist: Gary Clail and The On-U Sound System – song: These Things Are Worth Fighting For
    genre: dub, electronic – year 1993

    sample lyrics:
    and I hear a voice within me roar /
    One law for the rich, and another for the poor
    No longer
    One law for the rich, and another for the poor
    It’s unacceptable

    Honesty, dignity, self-respect, worth fighting for
    I hope, I hope, I hope, I hope for so much more

    To unite for justice and equality for all
    These things are worth fighting for

    watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUeRZZdHHIc

    artist: Beast – song: Mr Hurricane
    genre: rock – year 2008

    sample lyrics:
    I thought I was a victim / That people hated me
    Can you imagine livin’ one more day / With a beast right up in your face

    (Broke out of the harness) / Let it go let it go
    (Crumbled in the darkness) / Turn on the light ya’ll
    (Overcame the madness) / Then take your pills
    (Finally righteous) / I love the beast ya’ll

    watch: Youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eHaps3Ykqk‎

    artist: Cee Lo Green – song: F**k You / Forget You
    genre: funk, soul – year 2010

    sample lyrics:
    and I’m like / “FUCK YOU!”
    I guess the change in my pocket wasn’t enough
    I’m like / “FUCK YOU!
    And fuck her too.”
    I said,
    “If I was richer, I’d still be with ya”
    Ha, now ain’t that some shit?
    (Ain’t that some shit?)
    And although there’s pain in my chest
    I still wish you the best
    With a…
    “FUCK YOU!”

    watch: Youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pdKv0bUXDk

    artist: Fleetwood Mac – song: Don’t Stop
    genre: classic rock – year 1977

    sample lyrics:
    If you wake up and don’t want to smile / If it takes just a little while / Open your eyes and look at the day,
    You’ll see things in a different way.
    Don’t stop, thinking about tomorrow,
    Don’t stop, it’ll soon be here,
    It’ll be, better than before,
    Yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone.

    watch: Youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8arvEzHsA8‎

    artist: Alanis Morissette – song: Right Through You
    genre: alternative rock – year 1995

    sample lyrics:
    Hello Mr. Man
    You didn’t think I’d come back
    You didn’t think I’d show up with my army
    And this ammunition on my back
    Now that I’m Miss Thing / Now that I’m a zillionaire
    You scan the credits for your name
    And wonder why it’s not there

    watch: Youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWLsHFBxhNo

    artist: Michael Franti & Spearhead – song: Hey World (Remote Control Version)
    genre: funk, hip hop – year 2008

    sample lyrics:
    You got to let go of remote control
    You got to let go of remote control

    Hey world, you know you got to put up a fight
    Hey world, you rumble in the jungle tonight
    Hey world, keep bringing it the rest of your life
    You got to put up a fight, you got to put up a fight

    watch: Youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIFO-QkRqRk

    artist: Dixie Chicks – song: Not Ready To Make Nice
    genre: country pop – year 2006

    sample lyrics:
    I’m not ready to make nice
    I’m not ready to back down
    I’m still mad as hell and
    I don’t have time to go round and round and round
    It’s too late to make it right
    I probably wouldn’t if I could
    ‘Cause I’m mad as hell
    Can’t bring myself to do what it is you think I should

    watch: Youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=pojL_35QlSI‎

    artist: The Clash – song: Know Your Rights
    genre: punk, classic rock – year 1982

    sample lyrics:
    This is a public service announcement / With guitar
    Know your rights

    You have the right to freeeee
    Speech as long as you’re not
    Dumb enough to actually try it.
    Know your rights

    watch: Youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=bL0CCphgmZ8

    artist: Rage Against The Machine – song: Settle For Nothing
    genre: alternative rock – year 20

    sample lyrics:
    If we don’t take action now / We settle for nothing later
    Settle for nothing now / And we’ll settle for nothing later
    If we don’t take action now / We settle for nothing later
    We’ll settle for nothing now / And we’ll settle for nothing later

    watch: Youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuGwk0VDYYQ

    artist: Pretty Girls Make Graves – song: Parade
    genre: alternative indie rock – year 2006

    sample lyrics:
    We’ve walked so far
    But we can walk all night
    We’re marching from the shipyards
    We’re marching from the hospitals
    We’ll take it to the town hall
    We’ll take it to the capitol

    watch: Youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=t–RbRIWBk0

    artist: Leela James – song: A Change Is Gonna Come
    genre: neo-soul, RnB – year 2005
    lyrics: Sam Cooke

    sample lyrics:
    There’s been times that I thought
    I wouldn’t last for long (naww)
    But somehow / I think I’m able to carry on

    It’s been a long
    a long time coming
    but I know, I know a change is gonna come
    Oooh yes you will

    watch: Youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz3l37OocG8

    artist: Nancy Sinatra – song: These Boots Are Made For Walkin’
    genre: 60s classic rock, pop – year 1966
    lyrics: Lee Hazlewood

    sample lyrics:
    You keep lying, when you oughta be truthin’
    and you keep losin’ when you oughta not bet.
    You keep samin’ when you oughta be a changin’.
    Now what’s right is right, but you ain’t been right yet.

    These boots are made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do
    one of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you.

    watch: Youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbyAZQ45uww‎

    artist: ALP ad – song: It’s Time
    genre: – year 1972

    sample lyrics:
    Time for freedom,
    Time for moving, Time to be clear,
    Yes Its time

    Time Australia,
    Time for moving, Its time for proving,
    Yes Its time

    Time for better,
    Come together, Its time to move,
    Yes Its time

    Time to stand up,
    Time to shout it, Time, Time, Time,
    Yes Its time

    watch: Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxQKeYqB778

    artist: L7 – song: Shitlist
    genre: riot grrl, grunge – year 1992

    sample lyrics:
    When I get mad / And I get pissed
    I grab my pen / And write out a list
    Of all you assholes / Who won’t be missed
    You’ve made my shitlist
    You’ve made my shitlist

    watch: Youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkmLpTXbNDQ‎

    artist: Kim Carnes – song: Crazy in the Night (Barking at Airplanes)
    genre: 80s soft rock – year 1985

    sample lyrics:
    Sometimes I really think I’m going crazy in the night
    When I hide down in the covers and I won’t turn out the light
    I think nothing’s gonna get to me but then again it might
    What can I do to keep from going crazy in the night?

    watch: Youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9OSuy4e4HU

    artist: Pat Benatar – song: Invincible
    genre: classic rock – year 1985

    sample lyrics:
    This shattered dream you cannot justify.
    We’re gonna scream until we’re satisfied.
    What are we running for? We’ve got the right to be angry.
    What are we running for when there’s nowhere we can run to anymore?
    We can’t afford to be innocent / Stand up and face the enemy.
    It’s a do or die situation – we will be invincible.
    And with the power of conviction there is no sacrifice.
    It’s a do or die situation – we will be invincible.

    watch: Youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=drSCtseoNxQ‎

    artist: The Nightwatchman: Tom Morello – song: Union Song
    genre: alternative rock – year 2011

    sample lyrics:
    For Joe Hill and Cesar Chavez
    Who fought in their own time
    For our brothers and our sisters
    Up and down that picket line
    For the unnamed and unnumbered
    Who struggle brave and long
    For the union men and women
    Standing up and standing strong

    watch: Youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5ZT71DxLuM

    artist: Rebel Diaz – song: Which Side Are You On?
    genre: revolutionary hip hop – year 20?

    sample lyrics:
    Myspace and facebook, they got us stuck on computers
    Stuck on stupid bumpin’ music that’s abusive to the shorties
    And the nonsense that you spittin’, they just listen and absorb it
    I’ve been dormant, I’ve awoken, I’m a giant, I’m ready

    For the culture, the life, what it really stands for
    This music is resistance, it’s the voice of the poor

    watch: Youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Dr05tXktSo

    ride of the valkyries

    artist: Wagner – song: Ride of the Valkyries
    genre: classical – year 1851

    watch: Youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=V92OBNsQgxU

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    Feministas Unite


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    a collection of movements aimed at defending equal political, economic, and social rights for women
    (Hint: if it simply reframes patriarchy in you-go-girl way, while subjugating women, or… well, anyone, it is not feminism)

    Added to a word to form a noun denoting one who follows a principle

    In the Futurama movie Futurama: Into The Wild Green Yonder (2009), Leela – the sassy, purple-haired, kick-ass lead female character – becomes an outlaw, when she and the other female characters join a group of feminist, ecological activists known as Feministas

    From their Feminista cave, the Honey-Bun Hideout, the “confemeracy” planned to save the Violet Dwarf star from destruction. The Violet Dwarf star was home to all the endangered species in the universe. In their outlaw uniform of pink-camouflage and armed with their skills, the femi-power and a golf-club they set out to save the universe.

    Chanting: “Shut up and hear our wisdom,
    Save the ecosystem
    ” they confront the evil property developer.

    Under advice from Leela “we can either chant slogans or We Can Take Action” they take action.

    With the men safely locked up in the go-go cage, the Feministas defeated the property developer and the military which was hunting them down. The Violet Dwarf Star was spared, the endangered species survived and had a good time doing so.

    images from Futurama © Matt Groening, fair-use is not intended to over-ride his copyright

    Those with power don’t care that you’re angry, they care when you use that anger to organise


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    I tell young people all the time… you have to make a choice at some point in your life: are you going to do something about what angers you, or do you want to just be angry? Because I learned a long time ago that those in power don’t care that you’re angry, they care if you use that anger to do something about it.
    – Al Sharpton

    No self respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party that ignores her gender


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    Suffragettes, 6/2/1920
    Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

    “No self respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party that ignores her [gender].” Susan B. Anthony, 1872.

    Almost 150 years ago women knew this, they knew that nothing could be gained working for a party that treats women like second class citizens, have we forgotten these lessons of the past?