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Started by TheMonk, April 24, 2021, 04:49:46 AM
Quote from: Brundle-Fly on April 29, 2021, 09:03:19 AMThere is a beloved poster on CaB who thinks all reggae is vile but they're vehemently anti-racist.
Quote from: Voltan (Man of Steel) on May 07, 2021, 08:58:32 PMNot in the music itself, more a bit of casual racism of the West Brom stadium announcer before their match against Dinamo Bucharest in 1968: "Well, they'm the same, ay they?"The Baggies found themselves playing Dinamo Bucharest at home. Unable to locate a copy of the Romanian national anthem, the announcer went for "close enough" and thus it was that the Romanians trotted out to the sound of Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen's rendition of "Midnight In Moscow".
Quote from: willbo on May 09, 2021, 11:03:01 PMnot the most PC band anyway but Aerosmith's "taste of India" from their late 90s album "9 lives" probably wouldn't fly today. It's just a sexy song about being with a "tantric princess" who is "spicy as vindaloo"
Quote from: Peru on April 24, 2021, 06:39:23 PMTake a journey back in timeLeave the western world behindCross the mountains to PekingWhere the paper lanterns gently swing[...]The Chinese wayWho knows what they know?The Chinese legend grows[...]Standing at the master's sideThere with patience he confidesSecret knowledge, sacred waysPearls of wisdom from the dragon days😬
Quote from: iamcoop on April 25, 2021, 01:32:14 PMAs a staunch fan of The Stranglers I always hated I Feel Like A Wog. Whilst it can be taken as an anti-racism lyric (which has always been Hugh's explanation) the fact of the matter is the word was shocking and hateful even then and was chosen to be deliberately provocative. I've seen JJ claim it was an insult levelled at him when he was a child due to being the son of French parents but even still, in the wider context of what most people assume that word to mean and the effect the people that use it intend to have I'm afraid that cuts no dice with me. I don't think for a second the band have racist inclinations it's just a woefully misguided attempt to shock whilst making a point that, at best, can be interpreted as extremely clumsy. The worst aspect really is they've just doubled down in later years and were still playing it right up until I saw them a couple of years ago. It made me physically wince. Hated it. I wish they'd take a step back and reappraise it and say something along the lines of "Whilst we think the message the lyrics were trying to convey was an anti-racist one we understand that public moods change, the context of words shift over time and sensibilities people in the late seventies had are not the same as they have now in modern society so with that in mind we won't be playing it anymore."But they haven't, and I assume they won't. I'm happy to try and at least defend the various accusations of misogyny levelled at the group over the years (a lot of their more 'provocative' lyrics are far more intelligent and cutting than a lot of people give them credit for) but IFLAW is the one thing by them that I find totally indefensible.
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