The two recent ‘political’ songs about the coalition, Captain Ska’s Liar, Liar and the excellent Andrew Lansley Rap stand out from the dross in these days of bland Britain’s Got X-Factor drivel which seems to be what is left of what used to be called popular music.
Or perhaps it is fair to say that about the music that filters through the media, because I’m sure there must be some really excellent bands pumping out stuff that never gets an airing on radio or television. Bands that are playing real hard-edged music of the sort that used to be typified by the Clash or The Specials, and even the early UB40 stuff before they turned in to a classic reggae parody of themselves.
Anyway, I’m writing this because I’m quite taken by the latest album by The King Blues – Punk & Poetry. Their last album wasn’t half bad, but I liked the titles almost as much as the music. Let’s face it, songs entitled Let’s Hang the Landlord, The Streets Are Ours and What If Punk Never Happened must have something going for them.
They’ve still got good titles on the new one, Headbutt, We Are F***ing Angry and Shooting Fascists which contains the catchy chorus of “Remember, your grandad didn’t vote for fascists… he shot ‘em!”
Give them a listen, they’re good!