Saturday, March 27, 2010

It's Saturday Night, Think I'll Post a Video

Given the ugly turn taken by the teatards since the HCR vote, I figured I'd post a video by The Jam. The Jam, fronted by Paul Weller, released their first single, In the City in 1977- the height of the Punk-era in the UK. The band, which wore it's "Mod" influence on its collective sleeve, was characterized by narrative songs reflecting the current social trends. The 1978 B-side A-Bomb in Wardour Street (the A-side was a cover of the Kinks' David Watts) describes the violence which plagued British society in the late 70's:





The song doesn't paint a hopeful picture, and was followed by the brilliant Down in the Tube Station at Midnight, a harrowing tale of a subway mugging (if this isn't in the running for "saddest song EVER" status, I don't know what is). The eponymous protagonist of 1979's Smithers-Jones gets off rather easily, merely being laid off by his "suntanned boss". It's not all doom-and-gloom, however, even if the tone is generally pessimistic- there is some small hope for escape... Going Underground, if you will.

Note: Going Underground is one of those awesome songs which makes me feel well-nigh unstoppable. Yeah, it's pretty pessimistic, but the sheer force of the song is amazing.

13 comments:

Substance McGravitas said...

I wonder if there's some scholarly work tracing the English accent through pop.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

I wonder if there's some scholarly work tracing the English accent through pop.

See if you can get some sweet government grant money for the study!

Smut Clyde said...

Which English accent? They have so many.

Another Kiwi said...

Heh heh, I want "Going Underground" played at my funeral, though it might seem a little tasteless.

Smut Clyde said...

You might enjoy these suggestions, AK, especially the comments.
Favourite comment:
Larry Teabag
I've left strict instructions that Saint-Saëns' Danse Macabre is to be played at my funeral, while my corpse is hoisted on wires like a great puppet, dancing macabrely.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

You want tasteless, AK, how about this little ditty?

Substance McGravitas said...

Which English accent? They have so many.

Any lower-class variety. It's always been okay to sound American or rich but the allowance that it was okay to sound like you came from your neighbourhood was awfully surprising back in the 70s.

Smut Clyde said...

Somehow Midlands and Estuary accents copped all the street cred. Yorky or West Country accents, not so much.

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