Thursday, March 10, 2011

Song of the Day: Sleater-Kinney - Combat Rock

I never thought of Sleater-Kinney as a political group, but One Beat, released in 2002, engenders very much a political spirit. In particular, check these lyrics from today's song of the day, "Combat Rock":

Where is the questioning where is the protest song?
Since when is skepticism un-American?
Dissent's not treason but they talk like it's the same

And this:

Show you love your country go out and spend some cash
Red white blue hot pants doing it for Uncle Sam

The latter couplet is particularly great, given that the government at the time was pushing that capitalism and blind patriotism would cure all ills (I'm perhaps paraphrasing). That they were able to turn this sentiment into such a spectacular song and album makes me love the band even more.

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