The 60’s was an era of rebellion. Defiance was contagious and it was spread through the airwaves. Musicians helped spread rage and anger against civil injustice, war and economic inequality. Today’s music is tepid by comparison, or at least the monotonous . At least, that is what Adam McKay thinks.
Upset by the lack of songs of protest, McKay, the comedian who co-wrote Anchorman and Talladega Nights with Will Farrell, has launched the website, Public Domain Protest Songs. The site includes songs written by McKay for the band, English Teeth.
In an article written by McKay at the Huffington Post, he said:
“I can’t exactly say why there’s not much protest music to speak off. And I know there are acts out there still putting a message in their music. Maybe it’s Clear Channel’s ownership of so many radio stations. Or maybe it’s iTunes and Apple being a company that makes most of their stuff in China. Or maybe it’s because the outrage is just starting to really spark in the Midwest with all those insane Governors attacking the middle and lower classes.”
The website encourages the public to download, remix and create original versions of songs co-wrttien with English Teeth. In addition, musicians with songs of protest can submit them for people to download and enjoy.
Click the button to submit and we’ll post them. The songs can be about anything: local issues, national, international, whatever. We don’t care. We just want music about what’s going on. If you’re in a band and you cover one of our songs, send it to us. If you play a cover of “Which Side Are you On Boy?” we’ll post that too.
Do you think music is lacking in protest music? As a metalhead, I can say there is plenty of pissed off tunes, but not necessarily songs that communicate the issues of society and rebel against the status quo. What do you think?
- Adam McKay: Public Domain Protest Song! (huffingtonpost.com)
- Funny or Die’s Adam McKay launches protest song website (popwatch.ew.com)
- PJ Harvey & the protest song (arts.nationalpost.com)
- 33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History of Protest Songs by Dorian Lynskey: review (telegraph.co.uk)