British singer George Michael, RIP


This satiric video says about itself:

Music video by George Michael performing Shoot The Dog. (C) 2002 G.K. Panayiotou, under exclusive licence to SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT (UK) Limited

George Michael wrote the song Shoot The Dog as a criticism of George W Bush, Tony Blair and the Iraq war. The lyrics are here.

Yesterday, George Michael died. RIP. My condolences to all his relatives, friends and fans.

Brazilian samba, 100 years


This video says about itself:

Brazil’s Samba Turns 100

25 December 2016

The very first samba song was recorded 100 years ago. The genre continues strong, with women artists breaking new ground.

6-year-old dying boy raises million for sick children


This 22 December 2016 music video is by Dutch singer Miss Montreal (pseudonym of Roos-Anne Hans).

She wrote this song ‘Tijn, deze is voor jou’ for and about a six-year-old boy called Tijn.

Tijn has terminal cancer and will probably die soon.

His last wish is to raise money for the Red Cross to help children suffering from pneumonia.

Doctors can’t cure Tijn’s cancer, but they can save pneumonia children’s lives for only four euros a child.

Tijn with red fingernails, ANP photo

This photo shows Tijn with red fingernails. He asked participants in the fundraising to also apply nail varnish to their fingers as a symbol.

Tijn expected to raise maybe 100 euros, saving 25 children.

However, today the amount has surpassed a million euros.

Tijn’s parents are grateful to Miss Montreal for the song, which will remind them of their son after he will die.

I was angry when the Hillary Clinton United States presidential campaign reproached the media with supposedly paying too much attention to Ms Clinton’s pneumonia, as pneumonia was supposedly not a big deal. I myself had pneumonia as a child. Meaning I had to stay in bed for six weeks and could not go to primary school. And poor children may die from it.

So, Tijn by now has saved 250,000 children’s lives.

British Rock Against Racism history


This 1978 music video from Britain is called Steel Pulse: Live at Rock Against Racism. Nazis Are No Fun.

By Felicity Collier in Britain:

Memories of movement that rocked racism to its core

Wednesday 21st December 2016

Reminiscences of RAR: Rocking Against Racism

1976 to 1982

Edited by Roger Huddle and Red Saunders
(Redwords, £15)

FOUR decades on from the birth of Rock Against Racism (RAR) more than 60 organisers, activists and musicians involved in the movement are reunited in this book to share their experiences of a pivotal moment in history.

The late 1970s Britain saw the racist National Front gaining support in elections. Despite their extremist intent, aided by Enoch Powell and Margaret Thatcher’s inciteful comments in the media, their numerous marches were regularly given police protection.

There was an increase in racist attacks on the streets, some of which claimed people’s lives, and rioting. Police harassment and brutality were rife and massive cuts to the NHS, housing provision and wages added up to a bleak picture.

To counteract the prevailing pessimism, the book’s editor and RAR founder Roger Huddle felt that: “if given a purpose, both black and white would unite against the overriding threat of the nazis.”

A united front — not just of young music fans but teachers, firefighters, miners, bus and rail workers — was born.

Memorably, RAR mobilised 80,000 people in London’s Victoria Park in 1978. “The media say the crowd came for the music. No, they came to march and chant and to rock against the NF and racism,” Huddle recalls.

Gigs across Britain, from punk to reggae to ska to soul, “mashed up the NF in a rub-a-dub style,” and fanzines like Temporary Hoarding came on the scene.

“We had to educate ourselves about the history of racism,” says its co-editor Lucy Toothpaste, who also seized opportunities to open up a dialogue with bands to challenge sexism.

Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha, a teenager in the 1970s, says that RAR gave her the confidence to find a voice and “made me feel part of something bigger.”

The exuberance of the RAR gigs paved the way for the 200,000 who turned up for the Artists Against Apartheid concert on Clapham Common in 1986 and it was a movement that Steel Pulse’s Selwyn Brown sees as seminal.

“Even with the struggles that exist today, we can still proudly say we live in a multicultural society. Rock Against Racism played a major part in achieving that ideal,” he says. This book is invaluable in documenting the experiences of those who helped make that happen.

Rock Against Racism are looking for memorabilia of any kind from 1976-82 for their archival website. If you’ve got anything to donate, please contact Ruth Gregory by email: gregory.ruth@gmail.com

Chipmunks’ Merry Christmas song


This video from the USA says about itself:

18 December 2016

White Breasted Nuthatch conducts the “Chipmunk Christmas Choir” in a rousing rendition of “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” beneath the town square Hemlock Tree. The Peanut Gallery – er “audience” is the forest squirrels. Have a great Holiday Season!

This 1979 punk rock music video is the same song, mixed with Jingle Bells as A Merry Jingle; by The Greedies.

Donald Trump parody Christmas songs


This 13 December 2016 musical parody song from Britain is called A Very Donald Trump Christmas! – “O Hillary“.

It is parody of the song O Christmas Tree.

The lyrics are:

O Hillary, O Hillary, I beat you to the Presidency
O Hillary, O Hillary, the White House is my new residency
My basket of deplorables mandated me to build some walls
O Hillary, O Hillary, it serves you right for Benghazi

O Hillary, O Hillary, I’ll spare you jail reluctantly
O Hillary, O Hillary, instead I might grab your pussy
You sucked as Secretary of State
With Libya and emailgate
O Hillary, O Hillary, your crooked ass is history

This 13 December 2016 musical parody song from Britain is called A Very Donald Trump Christmas! – “I Shot Three Ships”.

It is parody of the Christmas carol I saw three ships.

The lyrics are:

I saw three ships Iranian
Come sailing up, come sailing up
I saw three ships Iranian
I shot them out of the water

They came within a hundred yards
Of US ships, of US ships
They came within a hundred yards
So I shot them out of the water

Our navy was on the Persian Gulf
Just hanging out, just hanging out
When three Iranian ships came up
And we blew them out of the water

On international waters
Don’t fuck with us, don’t fuck with us
On international waters
Or we’ll shoot you out of the water

A US guided missile destroyer fired warning shots at Iranian patrol boats on Sunday, which, US defence officials claimed, engaged in “harassing” behaviour. The incident underscores the volatile situation in the Middle East and the potential for a rapid rise of US-Iranian tensions once Donald Trump assumes the US presidency: here.

This 13 December 2016 musical parody song from Britain is called A Very Donald Trump Christmas! – “Erect the Walls”.

It is parody of the Christmas song Fa la la.

The lyrics are:

Erect the walls on all our borders
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Implement the Donald’s orders
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Mexico is full of rapists
Fa la la la la la, la la la
Send the bill and make ‘em pay it
Fa la la la la, la la la la

Bring the jobs back from China
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Grab ‘em like I grab vagina
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Industry back to the rust belt
Fa la la la la la, la la la
Be the best Donald since Rumsfeld
Fa la la la la, la la la la

Here’s an idea from Steve Bannon
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Fire the Muslims out of cannons
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Piss off all the liberal cucks
Fa la la la la la, la la la
I’m the greatest Donald since Duck
Fa la la la la, la la la la