Mudcat Café message #2835913 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #126835   Message #2835913
Posted By: Flashmeister
11-Feb-10 - 06:30 AM
Thread Name: Show Of Hands - over the top?-Arrogance, Ignorance
Subject: RE: Show Of Hands - over the top?-Arrogance, Ignorance
The thing is though although SoH do indeed have a message in their music about the state of society it does become crowded and lost amongst the bangs and whistles and bombastic style that they heap on top of what, when pared down, is a better song for being able to hear the narrative.
They're not the only ones, Woodie Guthrie, Leon Rosselson, Dick Gaughan, Pete Seeger and Mr.Bragg as well as people like Tommy Armstrong the pit poet and reams and reams of others have been doing it for years. Songs like the World turned Upside Down et al are played across the country every week and I know contemporary musicians who write political songs still - but what has changed? Yes there is a problem with society and yes SoH tackling it their own way and standing up against bankers and other assorted parasitic creatures is ok by me - what I object to is blantant self-publicity and a whole load of panto and faffing about which clouds the issue.
It all just makes me cringe a wee bit.