Sunday, July 11, 2004
ELECTION DAY USA: CD Compilation of Anti-Bush, Anti-War Music
Here’s an unusual way to use both broadband and MP3s to make a political statement: A CD Compilation of Anti-Bush, Anti-War Music -- given away for free -- via the internet:
SEA LION RECORDS is proud to present a CD COMPILATION of ANTI-BUSH, ANTI-WAR music to be released to college and public radio stations during late SUMMER 2004, titled: ELECTION DAY USAI’m not usually a fan of alt.protest rock, but some of the songs are pretty good, and more than a few are quite humorous and amusing.
ALL 20 SONGS on the COMPILATION are LISTED BELOW, with FREE RealAudio and MP3 links... ENJOY!
16 different artists were selected to be part of this compilation. The relatively small number of songs that professionally made CDs can hold did limit how many songs we could include. Our sincerest thanks to everyone who submitted work that wasn't included. Your efforts are greatly appreciated by all of us, looking for 'closure' to this Bush matter in November 2004.
Check ‘em out.
Here's a song list:
DUCT TAPE 3:34 They are knock-you-dead funny, those folks in our Bush administration, when you look at things through John McCutcheon's eyes. His music is sticky (you'll want to hear it more than once), as his subject. In this case, it's the common household product that BushCo told us we needed to protect ourselves against terrorism last year. This song's message still holds true today. It really is sticky, this Duct Tape.
DUCT TAPE 2003 John McCutcheon/Appalsongs (ASCAP)
codePINK 3:28 You gotta hand it to this energetic duo of award-winning musicians. Pat Humphries & Sandy O nailed the Bush-backed Carlyle Group and their backroom business dealings with the bin Ladens long before Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 brought that fact to theatres nationwide. This song takes music beyond the traditional music industry, which, like government and other war profiteers, silences dissent. Witness the rise of Clear Channel's monopolization of our "public" airwaves, at the hands of right-wing Republican ownership, but that's another story (we'll be talking about real soon).
codePINK 2004 Pat Humphries & Sandy O / Moving Forward Music (BMI)
KICK OUT THE REPUBLICANS 2:40 Humorous and harmonious amped-up classic rock that practically demands your attention, Donny Daley rocks the world with this catchy tune. Kick Out The Republicans is a candid look at the Bush Administration, and what needs to happen to them in November '04.... Remember, somewhere in Texas, a village is missing its idiot.
KICK OUT THE REPUBLICANS c 2004 Donny Daley
BAD PRESIDENT 1:31 Yikes! This release from folk artist Yikes McGee tells you Guthrie-style how he feels about President Bush, and we hear that his viewpoint is shared by lots of folks everywhere. There are two more short folk songs from Yikes later in the compilation, so stay tuned.
LISTEN to a FREE RealAudio stream of the full-length Bad President song, optimized for dial-up modem connections... click here .
DOWNLOAD aFREE MP3 file of the full-length Bad President song... click here using the right button on your mouse and 'save target as' .
BAD PRESIDENT c 2003 A.J. (Yikes) McGee
SONOFA BUSH 3:52 An enlightened, musical, satirical look at the President we 'elected' in 2000. In a nutshell, it's comedic alternative spoken word with a downtempo hip-hop feel. The 'voice' of George W Bush, rappin' his way through recent history, with lyrics inspired by actual mispronunciations and misguided thoughts that Dubya has shared with the world.
LISTEN to a FREE RealAudio stream of the full-length Sonofa Bush song, optimized for dial-up modem connections... click here .
DOWNLOAD aFREE MP3 file of the full-length Sonofa Bush song... click here using the right button on your mouse and 'save target as' .
SONOFA BUSH c 2004 Sea Lion (BMI)
LET’S PRETEND 3:25 Five-time Grammy-nominated musician John McCutcheon has released literally dozens of records, and is master of a dozen different instruments. In this tune, he shares his genius Randy Newman-esque vocals in an attempt to pretend-his-way-out-of current events, just like the man we call Dumbya.
LET'S PRETEND c 2003 John McCutcheon/Appalsongs (ASCAP)
CONSEQUENCES 2:52 In the words of artist Amy Martin, "We are so proud, in this country, of our ability to take action, and at the same time, often so unaware of how those actions affect other people and places. When writing this song, I was overcome by a feeling of urgency for us to examine those repercussions, and take responsibility for them." We couldn't have said it better.
CONSEQUENCES c 2003 Amy Martin (BMI)
DO YOU HEAR? 2:59 Veteran song collaborators Phil Klein and Maria DeAngelis teamed up to create this French 'musette' sound, unlike anything else in this compilation. Originally composed in French, the lyrics were translated to make the sage lyrics accessible to all of us non-French speaking folks.
DO YOU HEAR? ?2001 Phil Klein & Maria DeAngelis (ASCAP)
PEACE INSIDE 8:10 The longest track on this compilation, with Tom Waits style vocals countered by sweet female harmony. Songwriter and vocalist Ralph Stever says, "I saw where Bush and the boys were going with their Iraq spin, and I knew they were opening the War Room. Soon I realized it was hard to be an activist for peace while in the midst of fighting my own anger toward what the administration was doing." This song is the result.
PEACE INSIDE c 2002 Dancing Mountain Records
HOME NO MORE 2:42 The beautiful voice on this slow sad ballad belongs to Kris Penn. The guy seated at right is Thomas Pace, who interrupted work on a follow-up CD to his successful debut to write some songs that address the current political climate. This is one of 'em, and a great one at that.
HOME NO MORE c 2004 Thomas Pace
I DON’T WANT TO BE A SOLDIER 3:36 Time marches on, but 88-year-old Julius from George and Julius keeps on telling us all 'like it is.' The fact that Julius is as committed to fighting Bush’s re-election as he is gives us all hope for the future. If he can do it, everyone can do it. George Mann and Julius Margolin are anti-Bush pro-Labor folkies, and they dedicate this to all the victims of Bush’s illegal invasion and especially to the young men and women who might be considering joining Bush’s armed forces. War is ugly and evil, and this war is especially so.
I DON'T WANT TO BE A SOLDIER c 2003 Julius Margolin and George Mann
CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE 3:36 John Kasper's musical talent and ambition rival that of many big-time musicians. Anthony Krizan of the legendary *Spin Doctors* produced this great song from the New-Jersey-based John Kasper Band.
CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE c 2004 The John Kasper Band
PROPAGANDY 2:22 Yikes McGee sings out the truth about propaganda, as the Bush team practices it.
PROPAGANDY c 2003 A.J. (Yikes) McGee
OPERATION IRAQI LIBERATION 2:43 Proof that there are some brilliant satirists who have infiltrated the government at its highest levels, "OIL" is, in fact, the acronym first (briefly) used to name the invasion of Iraq, which was later changed to Operation Iraqi Freedom.
OPERATION IRAQI LIBERATION c 2003 David Rovics (BMI)
ROGUE NATION 2:34 Mike and Dave (the tightly wound springs of COILER) consider themselves forward-thinking throwbacks to a simpler, more complicated era, when creating retro-modern acoustic techno-pop folk metal was encouraged in schools and churches. Now that schools and churches create only bullies and the hapless drones they ride like donkeys, isn't it time to make up your own mind?
ROGUE NATION c 2004 Coiler
COWBOY PRESIDENT 2:38 Yikes McGee’s third appearance on this compilation, Cowboy President is a smooth folk protest song. Proof that one voice and one guitar is all it takes to make great music. Listen and help rid the world of mad cow(boy) disease.
COWBOY PRESIDENT c 2003 A.J. (Yikes) McGee
SOMEWHERE DOWN THE LINE 2:38 Country rock roots with a thick dirty edge, framing the band's lyrical passion for justice with a wildly original rock and roll sound. The upside down MAYDAY MAYDAY flag motif the band has adopted befits the results our current befuddled administration has embraced.
SOMEWHERE DOWN THE LINE c 2004 Old No. 8
RISE UP! 3:14 Living in Thailand, musician David Freyer watched coverage of a Washington DC protest march, got fired up, and wrote some lyrics. Within a week, his band The Positive Chi Units had laid down this emotive track honoring the true voice of America. You! Make your voice heard on (or before) November 2, 2004. Use it, or lose it. And please, register to vote, if you haven't already done so.
RISE UP! c 2004 David Freyer and the Positive Chi Units
SOMETHING TO BELIEVE IN 4:47 Promoting peace through culture, the hip yet unsettling backbeat and use of minor chords help make this song majorly appealing... Rhett Redelings-MacDermott's thoughtful and engaging lyrics are something to believe in, for sure. In addition to our collective urgency to find peace, we also need to believe that Bush will go back to Texas in November, with your help.
SOMETHING TO BELIEVE IN c 2004 R-Three (BMI)
THE WAR IS OVER 3:08 It's true, David Rovics has a tight fist on the pulse of intervention through music. Since the mid-90's, he has spent most of his time on tour, playing concerts across the US, Canada and Europe. Here, he gives us this song of lies that George W Bush started propagating back when he thought he could do what he wanted (and perhaps more importantly, what Dick Cheney wanted) in 2003. David is an established voice in musical protest against the Bush Company administration, and he should be commended for that service to our country.
THE WAR IS OVER c 2003 David Rovics (BMI)
unlike some folks we know of, we actually are "uniters, not dividers"
sea lion records brought together the artists for this compilation, in the hope that all this great music in one place will inspire folks out there to participate in the ongoing political dialogue, in whatever way(s) you see fit.
remember... it's now or never... use it or lose it... just do it...
...AND THANKS FOR LISTENING
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