Politician Donald Trump, don’t abuse my music, Neil Young says


This 1989 music video from the USA is called Neil YoungRockin’ In The Free World (lyrics).

Sometimes, United States millionaire Donald Trump is in the news for threatening a wildlife beauty spot in Scotland. Sometimes, he is in the news because his sons kill elephants, leopards, or other wildlife in Africa. He was in the news for seeking the Republican party nomination for president of the USA four years ago. But he failed.

Now, Donald Trump is one of many Republican candidates for the presidency (most of them with lots of money) again. Like many candidates, he chose a campaign song. And, like many politicians (especially Republicans, like Michelle Bachmann or John McCain) he chose a song which the musician who wrote it did not want him to use.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Neil Young: Trump should not use “Rockin’ in the Free World”

Today, 12:42

The newly minted Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has launched his campaign, reinforcing it with the song Rockin’ in the Free World by Neil Young. The singer is not happy about that, writes The New York Times.

According to the team of Young, Trump had no right to use the song. His team says in a statement that the artist supports another presidential candidate. “Neil Young is a Canadian citizen and wants Bernie Sanders to become President of the United States.” Sanders is a left-wing Democrat, for whom social democracy is the example.

Musicians and politicians

Rockin’ in the Free World was released in 1989 by Neil Young. In the song, he criticized then-President George HW Bush and the Republican Party.

Other famous musicians have spoken out against politicians because they used their music. Eg, in 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney used several times the song by the Silversun Pickups, Panic Switch. That band then wrote a letter in which they dissociated themselves from Romney’s campaign.

Recently members of the punk band Dropkick Murphys on Twitter asked the governor of Wisconsin

Scott Walker, a Republican presidential candidate like Donald Trump

not to use their music any longer. “please stop using our music in any way…we literally hate you !!!” they wrote.

Donald Trump Wins Title Of Most Disliked Republican Candidate: here.

And the Trump announcement story just keeps getting better: the candidate allegedly paid actors $50 to cheer for him at his rally. See also here.

Punk rockers unfairly linked to fascism on British TV


This music video from Britain says about itself:

Cockney Rejects– Oi! Oi! Oi!

15 September 2008

Cockney Rejects are an Oi! punk band that formed in the East End of London in 1979. Their song “Oi, Oi, Oi”, from their album Greatest Hits Volume 2, was the inspiration for the name of the Oi! music genre.[1] Their biggest hit record in the United Kingdom, “The Greatest Cockney Rip-Off”, was a parody of Sham 69’s song “Hersham Boys”. Other Cockney Rejects songs were less commercial, partly because they tended to be about hard-edged topics such as street fighting or football hooliganism. The band members are staunch supporters of West Ham United F.C., and their hit song “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” was a cover of a West Ham supporters’ chant, which had been sung since the 1920s.

The violence depicted in their lyrics was often mirrored at their concerts, and the band members often fought to defend themselves (often from supporters of opposing football teams) or to split up conflicts between audience members.[2] Jeff and Mick Geggus (who are brothers) had both been amateur youth boxers, and had fought at the national level. Cockney Rejects expressed contempt for all politicians in their lyrics, and they rejected media claims that they had a British Movement following, or that the band members supported the views of that far right group.

In their first Sounds interview, they mockingly referred to the British Movement as the “German Movement” and stated that many of their heroes were black boxers.[3] Jeff Turner’s autobiography Cockney Reject describes an incident in which the band members and their supporters had a massive fight against British Movement members at one of Cockney Rejects’ early concerts.[4]

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Punks Oi-rate over Channel 4 TV show

Saturday 17th January 2015

PUNK band Cockney Rejects hinted that it may sue Channel 4 after its music was used in documentary Young Angry and White to illustrate a supposed far-right association with the musical genre.

The longstanding group is reportedly threatening legal action as it feels song Oi Oi Oi was being associated with fascist violence.

In a recent interview with Louder Than War magazine Cockney Rejects guitarist Mick Geggus said he was so angry when he found out he “nearly choked.”

“My band and I have fought narrow-minded people from both sides of the political divide for over three decades now, and we have the scars to prove it,” Mr Geggus told fellow musician and music critic Joe Whyte.

“If it’s the last thing I do, I will not let Channel 4 get away with this slanderous act.”

The Cockney Rejects have been known to physically confront members of the neonazi British Movement who show up at their concerts.

UK Subs song Warhead was also featured despite having a a Japanese guitarist and a history of rejecting fascist politics.

This music video is called UK Subs “Warhead” (live).

Reminds me of my own UK Subs concerts memories …

Tom Morello’s new song about Ferguson


From Green Left Weekly in Australia. about this music video:

Tom Morello debuts song for Ferguson

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

“Tom Morello, as his alter ego the Nightwatchman, performed a new cut called ‘Marching on Ferguson’ at the Jail Guitar Doors’ Rock Out! benefit concert September 5th at Los Angeles’ Ford Theatre,” Rolling Stone said on September 7.

The article said the bluesy track, which it called “scorching”, was inspired by murder of unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9. The town has been hit by sustained protests demanding justice.

Morello, who first found success as a ground-breaking guitarist for Rage Against the Machine, sings: “Carving up that golden calf with a blowtorch and gas mask, I’m marching on Ferguson, I’m marching tonight.”

Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Missouri police officer who killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, setting off protests and demonstrations that lasted for weeks, testified for four hours in secret this past week, as a St. Louis County grand jury began its hearings on whether to return an indictment. All indications are that the St. Louis County prosecutor, Robert McCulloch, a Democrat, is intent on using the grand jury as political cover for a decision he has already made not to prosecute Wilson, making the proceedings a sham: here.