Why are there so few songs about current events?

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I'm listening to Mighty Sparrow right now - I'm not especially knowledgeable about calypso, but it seems to me like a lot of it is party/dancing/social music with words that are frequently about politics and current events, and nobody acts like it's any huge contradiction. Why aren't there songs about stuff that's in the newspaper anymore, especially in music that's purported to be "fun" (meaning not contemporary folk or Rage Against The Machine)?

Patrick, Saturday, 26 May 2007 13:02 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm waiting for Coldplay's song about Madeliene Portugal with massively unbated breath tbf.

Mister Craig, Saturday, 26 May 2007 13:04 (fourteen years ago) link

I must admit that I've never understood the argument that references to outside things make a song instantly dated and therefore useless - I *LOVE* hearing cultural references that make no sense anymore in old songs - I love it when songs are a snapshot of the time when they came out.

Patrick, Saturday, 26 May 2007 13:07 (fourteen years ago) link

hahaha, the fact we haven't had a Madeleine thread on ILE fills me with warm fuzzy happiness. england cricketers wearing yellow ribbons during SECOND test = massive, massive dud

Just got offed, Saturday, 26 May 2007 13:08 (fourteen years ago) link

because current events are so fukked ppl are into amerikan idle escapism or blinging fantasies or lollygaging in indie daydreams

most topical pop songs are banal. youre better off reading a newspaper.

m coleman, Saturday, 26 May 2007 13:15 (fourteen years ago) link

the problem is that most of the time when people try to take on polical events in their songs, they end up being these lumbering, heavy-handed anthems that no one cares to listen to. Also, I have the suspicion that while current events are important to some songwriters, there are few who can write a song about them from the heart and not have it come off as bad guilt-inflected high-school-grade poetry.

Richard Wood Johnson, Saturday, 26 May 2007 13:48 (fourteen years ago) link

Why don't people just write non-banal non-heavy handed ones, then? (sincere question, BTW). The calypso songs I'm talking about don't come off that way at all - they're joyous and upbeat even when they're protest songs.

Patrick, Saturday, 26 May 2007 13:53 (fourteen years ago) link

Today's artists are too in awe of Lance Percival.

Noodle Vague, Saturday, 26 May 2007 14:21 (fourteen years ago) link

Country music has songs about soldiers dying in Iraq/coming back shell shocked from Iraq--certainly moving on from boot-in-ass sentiments.

mulla atari, Saturday, 26 May 2007 14:32 (fourteen years ago) link


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