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Cindy Hood

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Through the ages, there have been issues that made people rise up to protest and many people protested their issues in song form.  From war, racism, police brutality, civil rights, constitutional rights, among others.  There are tons of protest songs recorded, so it was really hard to come up with just four songs to put up in this battle.  I may do a sequel in another week.  I'm sorry if this theme is depressing, but many of these issues are front and foremost in our every day lives now and I thought it relevant to host a battle on some of these great songs of protest.

The Beach Boys for Student Demonstration Time.  "There's a riot going on!"  There's been lots of that going on all over the world, particularly in the US with racism and police brutality issues.  


Barry McGuire for Eve of Destruction.  This one's about the Vietnam war, as most protest songs are.  With what's going on with the fighting in the middle east lately, most everyone is living in fear of WWIII and radical islamic terrorism that's going on all over the world. 


Billie Holiday for Strange Fruit.  Digging deep, this is about racism in the 30's.  When the civil rights movement came to be, Dr. Martin Luther King's dream of equality for the black people in the US, became a reality.  


Bob Marley for Get Up, Stand Up.  "Stand up for your rights!".  Today, many are being threatened with losing the rights and freedoms they'd been given long ago.  Some are trying to get their government to make new ones.  
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So, there you have 'em.  Stand up and vote!  

"The lady doth protest too much, methinks". William Shakespeare

For copy and paste:

The Beach Boys for Student Demonstration Time.
Barry McGuire for Eve of Destruction.
Billie Holiday for Strange Fruit.
Bob Marley for Get Up, Stand Up.






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Cindy, that looks like such an even week. 

Well done. Splendid choices. 
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Cindy Hood

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Thank you, Darren.  

I see that you're listed under your name, as moderator.  

Chief Statistical Officer is more like it.  You do way more than moderate!

Whatever, I really appreciate all you do for us!

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1) 'Strange Fruit' by Billie Holliday
too much pain in this song to lose
2) 'Student Demonstration Time' by the Beach Boys  (not bad, but the original prison-centric lyrics were better)
3) Bob Marley 'Get Up, Stand up' ('Redemption Song' would have won...) and
4) 'Eve of Destruction'  Barry Macguire  (sorry,  but Jan Berry humiliated this song forever on the 'Folk & Roll' long-player)
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Here's my order:

1. Eve of Destruction - The greatest protest time of all time. Barry McGuire's version of this P.F. Sloan song still sends shivers down my spine.

2. Get Up Stand Up - A feel good protest song

3. Strange Fruit - Another true classic

4. Student Demonstration Time - Out of time and context for the BBs.

Here's a couple of protest songs from the English Underground: 




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Cindy -- There's no reason to protest this week!

My non-protest votes: [note: I changed my mind later on, bumping Billie up two spots]

Gold -- Barry McGuire -- His strained, guttural vocal made a strong impression when this was on the radio. If there are protest songs that are kind of fun, this is one of them. I especially like the idea that you can spend four days in space and come back to the same old place.

Silver -- The Beach Boys -- I've always loved the performance and production on this song. Like the way Mike's "People's Park" pops out of the speakers. But those terrible lyrics! Was this one of the times Mike took all of 10 minutes to string some words together?

Bronze -- Bob Marley -- The "get up, stand up" is a nice refrain, but otherwise it doesn't do a lot for me.

Pewter -- Billie Holiday -- It deserves a higher vote for its historical and social significance, but musically speaking, it's not so hot. The song began its life as a poem in a union magazine, The New York Teacher, in 1937.


Two that quickly came to mind:

The Beach Boys used to perform Merle Haggard's "Okie from Muskogee" in a somewhat ironic fashion. Check out the urban & suburban youth of 1971 in Central Park (too bad Mike felt the need to drop a countercultural group's name in his introduction).



Bob Marley, "Buffalo Soldier", recorded 1978, released 1983



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Cindy Hood

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Thanks to John B., John E. and Larry for voting early!  

Larry, I love the Okie From Muskogee video and have for a long time.  Great song, but hilarious lyrics when sung by the Beach Boys and how they looked and what they were into in those late 60's and early 70's.

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1) Bob Marley 'Get Up, Stand Up' ... by a landslide

2) 'Eve of Destruction'  Barry Macguire ... Dawn of Correction, the answer song, works better for me now than it did back then  Maybe I'm more optimistic?  No.  Not with Trump.  But back then it was Goldwater.

3) 'Strange Fruit' by Billie Holliday ... Good for her.  Too many hard knocks, too much pain... ... ...too much smack.

and then eons later...

4) 'Student Demonstration Time' by the Beach Boys ...  poop on a stick

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Gold- Barry silver - billie, bronze - Bob, tin-bbs
That's a lot of "b"s!
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bonnie bella

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Hi Cindy, a rebellious week?

Lee, "poop on a stick"?  LOL!  [biggrin]

I'll need more time to vote this week. Here's one from The Herbs against nuclear testing in the South Pacific.




And when our Greenpeace ship got blown up in the process of fighting it. The Muttonbirds.


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I need the full week for this Fan-tastic Four. These are four wonderful songs.

Much like Brian "borrowed" from Chuck Beryy, and although it first came up in BB Party out takes, I don't begrudge taking Leiber and Stoller and telling the story of what happened during those unrest years. They ALL have their message, Cindy, so we'll done. There is nothing poopy about this week!

After this summer of unrest, there is work to be done, still.

Have to come up with something to protest though. Lemme see about that.

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GOLD to Barry McGuire - Eve of Destruction.
Jan & Dean's version uses the same backing track, which is rhythm section Hal Blaine (drums) & Larry Knechtel (bass), with P.F. Sloan (guitar):

Grass Roots (another Sloan/Barri entity) also do a version:

Turtles version:


SILVER to Billie Holiday for Strange Fruit. Here's Robert Wyatt's version:


BRONZE Bob Marley for Get Up, Stand Up.

TIN for Beach Boys - Student Demonstration Time. Do I detect the faint odor of desperation here?

Long form protest x 2:
Here's Earth Opera (with Peter Rowan & David Grisman) - Great American Eagle Tragedy:


and here's Steppenwolf - Monster:











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bonnie -- I don't get it. What's the obliteration of another atoll or two, heavily radioactive ocean breezes and dead fish between friends?


The Clash protested a lot on their first album (The Clash, 1977):

"I'm So Bored with the USA"



"Career Opportunities"  ("Do you want to make tea at the BBC?")(Word to the wise: Do not follow up on an offer for rent-free housing in the US)




X protested a lot on their fourth album (More Fun in the New World, 1983):

"The New World" ("It was better before they voted for what's his name")



"I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts"



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Larry, of course!  We like the idea of growing extra unnecessary limbs down these parts!

Still nuclear free, after a battle of epic proportions.  The old Samson and Goliath story.  Only now America wants to pull in to our harbors without declaring if they are carrying nuclear weapons or power.   (Well guess what - you can't!  And stop trying to be slippery!)

Accidentally posted the wrong clip last night (Anyone else double check their little insertions to make sure you haven't accidentally posted a link to, er, the Financial Times or some such?  [wink])  I posted the "all star" version of the second clip.  Here is the actual Mutton Birds.




Another protest song, telling the story of a peaceful Maori tribe who lived only twenty minutes from where I was born under the beautiful Mount Taranaki.  They refused to fight the Colonials, and as a result were all slaughtered, women and children included.   (Sorry Darren, it's a Finn.)





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My picks:

Strange Fruit. This song sent shockwaves through my body on first hearing it many years ago, and just now brought me to tears.

Eve of Destruction. As an 8 year old, this was the first hard edged protest song I remember hearing. Had heard more "soft" songs such as We Shall Overcome. Sums up the mess our country was in then.

Get Up, Stand Up. Good, solid protest song.

Student Demonstration Time. I'm sorry, this seems like an afterthought.


A couple of other good protest songs (among many)
Simon and Garfunkel - Scarborough Fair/Canticle
Neil Young - Ohio (thought of that after seeing a bio about Nixon yesterday)

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