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Of course, it doesn’t count when women or blacks do it. A collection of 20 present-day political pop songs

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These are all drawn from suggestions from people on Facebook, and Collapse Board writers.

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4 Responses to Of course, it doesn’t count when women or blacks do it. A collection of 20 present-day political pop songs

  1. polarbearisdying August 16, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    how would you define political music? is all music political? is all art?

  2. Darragh August 16, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Everett – you should put up ‘Fuck the Country-side Alliance’ by Future of the Left.

  3. Niall August 16, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    I’ve been waiting for someone to bring up Lady Gaga. She is not a band, or rock, and her music mostly sucks, but I’m pretty sure Don’t Ask Don’t Tell wouldn’t have been repealed if it weren’t for her banging on about gay rights.

  4. Niall August 17, 2011 at 12:59 am

    And here’s another thing that’s been bugging me – what exactly makes a band or a performer a “political band”? The music press, that’s what – because LOTS of bands or acts release music with a political slant but would not class themselves as being a “Political Band”. Pulp are perhaps the best example.

    And what about feminism? Is that not inherently political too? Because there are a tonne of female acts who, while not being defined as “political” or even perhaps “feminist”, have made political statements that comment directly on their own lives and their positions in society. Peaches, Yo! Majesty, Nicki Minaj, Jean Grae, MIA anyone?

    I think what the NME is looking for is actually a definition of “political bands” that is a quarter of a century out of date a lá The Clash. There is political music around a-plenty, it’s just not being made by straight white males with guitars.

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