One of the reasons why I got into bands like Metallica, Machine Head, Evergrey, Judas Priest, Megadeth, Twisted Sister and Queensryche (and there are many more bands) is because their lyrics reflect/reflected what was going on in the wider world at that time.
You see we are not living in a Pharell Williams’ “Happy” world.
We are living in a world that is besieged by economic problems. We are living in a world that has democratic governments undertaking surveillance on their citizens like the totalitarian regimes that our grandfathers died fighting against. We are living in a world where the majority of politicians are on the payroll of the corporations. We are living in a world that has a digital divide to go along with a class divide. We are living in a world where privacy is eroded a little bit at a time.
Some of my favourite artists had songs that just spoke to me.
They questioned the system and pointed the finger at the wrongdoers. When our governments lost their way, our heroes always told us so. When society went to hell, our heroes told us so. When epidemics happened, our heroes told us so.
We believed that music could change our lives, if not the world.
“What do you mean I don’t support your system, why do you think I’m broke”.
Dave Mustaine wrote that back in the mid-Eighties. Fast forward almost thirty years, and we are still broke supporting the system. The rich and the powerful caused a global recession and guess what, they got bailed out by the governments while we lost our jobs and homes.
Inequality exists in music as it does in economics. You’re either a winner or a loser and if you cross over, you become a global phenomenon. Think Metallica. There crossover was the “Black” album. That is their victory lap album.
“But now the holy dollar rules everybody’s lives, gotta make a million, doesn’t matter who dies.”
The above line is from “Revolution Calling” from Queensryche. Spotify cares about Spotify and they want to make millions. Taylor Swift cares about Taylor Swift and she wants to make millions.
Remember all of the suicides post GFC, especially in the Asian countries.
“Words are the bullets to this revolution”
Robb Flynn spits out the line in “Clenching the Fists of Dissent”.
We live in an information age. Everything is at our fingertips so we should put those tools to use to do our own investigations because our media reporting outlets are all owned by large corporations. They report news items that will push their agenda. They report news items that have been paid for by a marketing PR firm. Impartiality is over.
However, there are people out there that look at events and issues critically. WordPress gives us a tool to voice these opinions.
Yes they’re making lists of people interested in this
And anyone who speaks their mind is labelled anarchist
Barcodes and fingerprints, obedience identikit
It’s time to read the warning signs
COG’s “Are You Listening” released in 2009.
The tragedy of 9/11 brought about a new reality. The erosion of our rights and the erosion of our privacy. Suddenly, the Governments of democracy started to spy on its citizens much like regimes our grandfathers went to war against.
England has cameras on every street corner. This need of protection and surveillance arose due to the IRA terrorist bombings. And they still got bombed in the subways.
The NSA spies on all Americans and their answer is “IT’S OKAY, WE ARE THE GOOD GUYS.”
This was once the land of dreams
Now these dreams have turned to greed
In the midst of all this wealth
The poor are left to help themselves
A capitalist’s democracy
Why no one said that freedom’s free
Lady liberty rots away
No truth, no justice, the American way
Sacred Reich and “The American Way” released in 1990.
The problems of today existed before. However, the it is the people of today that had to bail out the rich. If the POOR or the WORKING CLASS did something fraudulent and corrupt, they would be doing time in a cell. When the RICH do something fraudulent and corrupt they end up screaming to the Government for a bail out and escape without punishment.
“We’re Not Gonna Take It” was the catch cry once upon a time. In time it will be the catch cry of a new generation.