RC 270: Pop Is Dead #5 – Moneygoround

Fifth instalment of the Pop Is Dead series, all about the dirty, dirty cash in the music industry, with occasional interruptions from Steve Albini and The Story of Pop. The finale will be next week.

Get the money, Mr. Potato, Get the money, Pay the Eskimo… (163Mb, 2:02)

  • Doxa Sinistra – Call Now!
  • The Kinks – The Moneygoround
  • DJ Drama & Dead Prez – The Game Is A Battlefield
  • Dead Kennedys – Pull My Strings
  • Consolidated – Industry Corporate
  • Futuristic Sex Robots – Fuck The MPAA
  • Strange Parcels – Disconnection
  • Semi-Not – Disco Communist
  • Dan Bull – Home Taping Is Killing Music
  • Black Sweden – Ain’t Talking About Love / Money Money Money
  • The Pop Group – We Are All Prostitutes
  • Nick Lowe – Music for Money
  • Dead Prez – W-4
  • Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – Thou Shalt Always Kill (Sibot Remix)
  • Bono talking about Negativland U2 case
  • TC – Where’s My Money (Clipz Remix)
  • Ini Kamoze – Pirate
  • Negativland – Please Don’t Sue Us
  • Kiki & Herb – The Revolution Medley: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised/Lose Yourself/Once In A Lifetime
  • Goran Bregovic – Get the Money (by Iggy Pop)
  • National Lampoon – Won’t You Buy My Record (Dr John Parody)
  • Nina Simone – What Have They Done To My Song Ma? (Previously Unreleased)
  • TV Themes – Basil Brush In The Studio
  • Phil Ochs – Chord of Fame
  • Pet Shop Boys – Your Early Stuff
  • Negativland – Keep Your Evenings Free
  • Culturcide – Color My World with Pigs
  • The Frogs – I Only Play for Money

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(Money image from StockMonkeys.com, Creative Commons Attribution Generic)

Black Friday: Ferguson or Modern Warfare?

Robert Cohen of St Louis Post Despatch posted this image of Ferguson last night, it looks like a dystopian computer game, the sort that will be flying off the shelves in parts of the western world in tomorrow’s ‘Black Friday’ – but not in places like this.

Sadly it’s real, it’s not a cut-scene, and you will see more of this as the result of not indicting Officer Darren Wilson explodes across America.
You can see more in the gallery, great shots but for sad reasons, and amazing that a first-world country could get like this?

And more liberal hand-wringing, and blaming the victims, but when you see the last words of those who have died, like Kenneth Chamberlain, Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo, Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Kendrec McDade, Jonathan Ferrell – the list goes on, and in black and white hits hard. And don’t forget the black women, who tend to get forgotten in these times, sure the fear of the black man and gang culture means that black men are killed more often, but sadly like with the case of Aiyana Jones or Yvette Smith a police response or search for others can be deadly.

This is Cherie Groce territory, and must stop – recently flash bang grenades were used in another SWAT raid on a family home, and a baby was hurt. Military tactics and SWAT teams should not be used near children, whatever the crimes of the person who they are looking for – they usually come willingly anyway.

And then you find that the boys in blue in almost all of these cases never were prosecuted – at the most lost their jobs, but never faced jail time. So they are 100% perfect then? I don’t think so. The millions in wrongful death suits put paid to that.

To put it in a wider context, bigger than the United States, this is all part of an attack on the working class, the poor. Be you transgender, female, sexworker, black, white or just in the wrong place – the 1% rich are scared of you, that you might take their trinkets away. So the police in the West are militarising, realising that when the shit hits the fan, and people realise how much the bankers and bureaucrats have sold them and their pensions down the river, they can resist in force.

That’s not to downplay racism, because that’s an extra evil in this, as with homophobia it makes the little soldier drones happy in what they’re doing, it confirms their own fascist biases, makes them happy to hold open the door of the gas oven and stuff you inside. It’s easier to treat people like shit if they are dispossessed, poor, immigrants, or of a race or gender or sexuality that they or society at large don’t like. So sadly some groups get the double whammy of attacked by the police, and then told you deserved it by the community at large.

But mark my words – those 1% don’t care about anyone, be they police, army, camp commandants, liberals, right-wingers or middle managers…you are all one step away from Ferguson. ‘They do not care about black people’ is just as much ‘They don’t care about poor people’. And poor to them is those who aren’t millionaires. It’s genocide.

The soundtrack to this for me is Run The Jewels 2’s Early, which I played on the podcast last night, which details Killer Mike’s fears of being arrested in front of his kids and partner:

Scab Aid

For profit, stars, and company
Consumers of the world agree
Nothing sells like disaster, let it be.

Rather appropriate The Scum & Let It Be by Chumbawamba – originally in response to The Sun and others cashing in on the Zeebrugge Ferry disaster, but just as well applies to any of these charity songs. Also a good reminder of how evil Rupert Murdoch is, and how Cameron and co. want to take up back to that terrible time, of Miner and Printer Strikes, well actually they’d prefer you didn’t struggle and peacefully went into the workhouse or gas oven.


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