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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (2) Thanks(2)   Quote cstack3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 07 2020 at 21:07
Yes used to excel at this.  "Don't Kill the Whale" is a prime example. 

Jon's latest social commentary is powerful music and commentary, doesn't get better than this! 





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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Frenetic Zetetic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 07 2020 at 23:28
Originally posted by SteveG SteveG wrote:

Tbh, the social commentaries themselves do little for me. I've heard it all before in various guises of folk and folk rock. What I do like about it is that it forces the artists to create music as dramatic and moving as the lyrics. Just look at the usual suspects like Epitaph from KC and New World from the Strawbs. Moving songs that were custom made for the mellotron.

I agree; it also doesn't help that something novel, innovative, and unique is done with the stances on war, famine, corruption, money, etc. It's always the same sh*t over and over, we get it, bands LOL LOL.

"THIS WORLD'S NOT FOR LIVING! IT'S FOR FIGHTING! AND FOR WARS!"

Go sit down and have some tea, Jon, lol.

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^Well, maybe that's an indication that nothing's changed. It's still worthy when it's still relevant. If you're tired of it, guess we're all really to blame.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Heart of the Matter Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 08 2020 at 06:32
^^ Maybe we need new ways to say the things that matter? That was (and hopefully still is) a prime motivation for Prog. Cliches & repetition aren´t that enjoyable, that's for sure.
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You want social commentary....it doesn't get any better than this and Mr Harper has been commenting from the beginning...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote SteveG Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 08 2020 at 07:38
Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

You want social commentary....it doesn't get any better than this and Mr Harper has been commenting from the beginning...
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Great song from a great album! One of favorites by Roy. He came a long way from "I Hate The White Man." LOL

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Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging

Numerous Peter Gabriel solo tracks
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cstack3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 11 2020 at 21:35
Originally posted by HackettFan HackettFan wrote:

Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging

Numerous Peter Gabriel solo tracks

Not to mention Genesis epics such as "Get 'em out by Friday!"
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^^ "A Wonderful Day in a One-Way World" may be a good example on Peter's side. Even Genesis after Gabriel have some pearls, like "Blood On The Rooftops"
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People singing about what they think is wrong with the world is a bit like lobbying the profoundly deaf to effect change.
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just a whole bunch of Rush 80's songs , too many to list but anyway a few of my faves
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Tom Sawyer
Force Ten
The Big Money



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Originally posted by Manuel Manuel wrote:

Pink Floyd’s music, specially the songs written by Roger Waters, have a high content of social commentaries, and as mentioned before, Jethro Tull’s music had a lot too, including criticisms to the religious influence on British society.


Zappa, Rush, Tull & Floyd are definitely carrying the medals - though not necessarily in that order.

I would add Supertramp with some heavy social commentary in their lyrics (both Davies & Hodgson)

Of course Genesis' Selling England is one hell of a social statement as well.







Edited by Sean Trane - December 12 2020 at 10:45
let's just stay above the moral melee
prefer the sink to the gutter
keep our sand-castle virtues
content to be a doer
as well as a thinker,
prefer lifting our pen
rather than un-sheath our sword
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