We’re Not Going To Take It

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The votes are in.

Last Friday, prompted by a suggestion from ‘Scottser’ and with a €20 Currys PC World voucher redeemable in any Currys store on offer, I asked you to name your favourite anti-Establishment song.

You answered in your rebellious dozens.

But there could be only one winner.

Third Place:

They Never Came Home by Christy Moore

Jonboy writes:

“It has to be this. 40 years later, what’s changed?”

Runner-up:

Inner City Blues by Marvin Gaye

Otis Blue writes:

“An album virtually without peer, Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On is a glorious song cycle whose narrative is told from the point of view of a Vietnam veteran returning to the States to witness hatred, suffering, and injustice.

“Gaye’s introspective lyrics explore themes of drug abuse, poverty, and the Vietnam War. You could pick any track but, for me, Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) is the one.”

Winner:

Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday.

Stephen Moran writes:

“For me there is one song that transcends time and still has the power to shock: “Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday from 1939. A damning indictment of racism in the American South, its harrowing lyrics:

“Southern trees bear a strange fruit.” This, you think, isn’t your usual lovey-dovey lounge jazz stuff. “Blood on the leaves and blood at the root.” What is this? “Black bodies swinging in the Southern breeze.” Lynching? It’s a song about lynching?

“Possibly the most shocking song of all time, because it”s true. The first true protest song and still the greatest.”

Nick says: Thanks all.

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20 thoughts on “We’re Not Going To Take It

  1. scottser

    i have to say, friday’s competition made a pretty neat playlist. strange fruit is a stunner – very worthy winner.

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  2. Stephen Moran

    Quick admin question. How do you go about claiming the coveted prize ? As after being the bridesmaid twice in this weekly challenge, I’ve finally caught the bouquet !

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      1. Specific Gravity

        Hang on. Do you mean to say these prizes are real and that people actually get them?? This changes everything…

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          1. Specific Gravity

            In that case, you might also have a root around the back of the sofa for the 4 or 5 with my name on them…!

          2. Muchacho Gordo-Delgado

            Thanks Bodger, a Currys voucher from around January I think – telephone song lyrics comp.
            Cheers

    1. scottser

      In the spirit of the competition, be sure to kick over a display stand and gob at the security guard on the way out..

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