Joy as An Act of Resistance

Joy as An Act of Resistance

Music CD - 2018
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Publisher: Brooklyn, NY :, Partisan Records,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ℗2018,, ©2018
Branch Call Number: CD MA IDL
Characteristics: 1 audio disc : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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Alternative Title: Joy

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Jan 23, 2019

Twice I wrote a long and detailed post about this and for some reason I can't fathom, the site times out and automatically logs me out, erasing my whole post. It's most irritating. The second time, I remembered to highlight my post and hit Shift+copy before pressing "post comment", so I didn't lose it twice. Good thing too, because the site did it again. Wish they'd fix this bug. So, having now "pasted" it, here's the second version:
I shouldn't like this as it's definitely PUNK. However, the first song, COLOSSUS, manages to draw me in with a voice and lyrics that put me to mind of the late great Jim Morrison. "I am my father's son/his shadow weighs a ton". The whole record deals with important life matters with deeply felt and well thought out lyrics that one doesn't expect from a punk record. On LOVE SONG, he speaks of love for his wife: "you try try try to change me/ I hope and I pray and I pray and I pray you stay the same" and "it's not about the sex the sex the sex the sex the sex the sex/ I just want to be your best / ever / friend / forever". DANNY NEDELKO is an ode to multiculturalism: "My blood Brother is an immigrant/ a beautiful immigrant/ My blood Brother's Freddy Mercury/ a Nigerian mother of three/ he's made of bone, she's made of blood/ he's made of flesh, she's made of law/ he's made of you she's made of me/ UNITY. Fear leads to pain, pain leads to pain, pain leads to anger, anger leads to hate..." JUNE bring us to the inconceivable grief of losing a child: "Dreams can be so cruel sometimes/ I swear I kissed your crying eyes/ A stillborn a stillborn, I am a father/ I'll mend I'll mend... Baby shoes for sale, never worn. I'll pretend to mend. " SAMARITANS is a call for the right of boys to cry: " Line up, sit down, chin up, pipe down/ socks up, don't cry, drink up, don't whine / grow some balls he says, grow some balls... the mask of masculinity is a mask that's scaring me/ I'm a real boy and I cry..." TELEVISION : " If someone talked to you/ the way that you do to you, I'd put their teeth in. LOVE yourself!/ And that's what they do/ the bastards make you not want to look like you/ so you'll pay through the nose/ to look like someone else".
I shouldn't like this. It's way too loud and raw. But then, it's about life, and not about it's soft side either. Is it pleasant? NO! But it's clearly not meant to be. Is it moving? YES! And perhaps that's what matters most here. It's not sweet, it's not pretty. It's Billy Bragg on steroids real. It's not about the music, it's about the messages. Idles have important things to say about things that really matter: life, death, loss, grief, nationalism, sexism, and all the other isms. This isn't a feel-good record. It's a stake through your heart and nails down the blackboard and splinters in your brain that you can't dislodge. It's not for the faint of heart or the hard of thinking.

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