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.
They Never Came Home by Christy Moore
“It has to be this. 40 years later, what’s changed?”
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.”
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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