Friday, April 13, 2012

Soundtrack for a Revolution - #1 - Propagandhi: The State Lottery

While full length documentaries and walls of text are fine ways to convey information, sometimes there are songs that express similar sentiments in much shorter periods of time -- and they may also allow for more head-bobbing and finger tapping, which seems like a positive addition to me.

The first auditory (and perhaps philosophical) assault I'd like to put forth is Propagandhi's "The State Lottery." Released in 1996 on their ironically titled album Less Talk, More Rock (released on Fat Wreck Chords), "The State Lottery" offers succinct insight into the sort of anger that fuels movements that call for radical change.

Does it seem strange to you? The confetti the balloons the mile wide grins? The victory dance to welcome in the heir to a state of disrepair? Because it sure seems strange to me. They're acting like they've won the lottery. But shouldn't they feel terror at the task that lies ahead, to feed and house the people the system's left for dead? Could I have hit the nail much harder on the head? It's profits before lives, they are motivated by greed. First they taught us to depend on their nation-states to mend our tired minds, our broken bones, our bleeding limbs. Now they've sold off all splints and contracted out the tourniquets. And if we jump through hoops then we might just survive. Is this what we deserve? To scrub the palace floors? To fight amongst ourselves as we scramble for the crumbs they spit out. Frothing at the mouth about the scape-goats that they've chosen for us. With every racist, pointed finger, I hear the goosesteps getting closer. They no longer represent us. Is it not our obligation to confront this tyranny?

If you have any suggestions for future installments of "Soundtrack for a Revolution," please send me an . Or, better yet, write your own blog post!

1 comment:

Erika said...

Good idea to have a soundtrack! I look forward to the next song...