politics in music

In this issue of Loud And Quiet, Chapter Sweetheart point the finger at Bono for making politics in music uncool,

and we’re certainly not going to bend back that digit in protest, but there are artists who have ‘gone political’ regardless.

John McClure – aka The Reverend – is never more at home than when on his soapbox.

He’s never shown much resemblance to or admiration for Bono and yet most of us consider him the righteous preachy type,

politics in music rarely giving him credit for at least trying to make music that exceeds “Some people think I’m bonkers…”.

It’d of course help if Reverend & The Makers’ songs weren’t stylistically little more than Arctic Monkeys b-sides set to gloopy indie-disco synths,

but even if they were as overtly, darkly charged as The Clash’s

‘The Call Up’ it’s safe to say that

we’d not react to them as people did to Joe Strummer’s leftist messages in 1980, simply because we don’t care.

That’s really what’s made politics n music uncool – our own cynicism. We call Bob Geldof

‘Saint Bob’ to mock his efforts at lessening Third World horrors, convinced he’s doing it, first and foremost, for himself in some way.

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