Do you care about the politics expressed in the music?

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when you listen to music, do you care about the politics expressed in the music?

example:
if you are a liberal, can you listen to Lynard Skynard?
if you are a republican, can you listen to Green Day?

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I hate to admit it, but some times I have a hard time listening to a performer because of something they have said or done. I don't boycott them or protest. I simply change the station. It doesn't happen very often. I think that other personality traits influence my decision as well, not just the political aspect.
 
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when you listen to music, do you care about the politics expressed in the music?

example:
if you are a liberal, can you listen to Lynard Skynard?
if you are a republican, can you listen to Green Day?

Fibonacci
I specially select the music based on it's lyrics....

I listen to: Bob marley, peter tosh, Rage against the machine, System of a down etc.

Rage against the machine
GUERILLA RADIO

Transmission third world war third round
A decade of the weapon of sound above ground
No shelter if you're lookin' for shade
I lick shots at the brutal charade
As the polls close like a casket
On truth devoured
A Silent play in the shadow of power
A spectacle monopolized
The camera's eyes on choice disguised
Was it cast for the mass who burn and toil?
Or for the vultures who thirst for blood and oil?
Yes a spectacle monopolized
They hold the reins and stole your eyes
Or the fistagons
The bullets and bombs
Who stuff the banks
Who staff the party ranks
More for Gore or the son of a drug lord
None of the above **** it cut the cord

Lights out
Guerrilla Radio Turn that **** up

Contact I highjacked the frequencies
Blockin' the beltway
Move on D.C.
Way past the days of Bombin' M.C.'s
Sound off Mumia guan be free
Who gottem yo check the federal file
All you pen devils know the trial was vile
An army of pigs try to silence my style
Off 'em all out that box
It's my radio dial

Lights out
Guerrilla Radio Turn that **** up[...]

It has to start somewhere It has to start sometime
What better place than here, what better time than now?

All hell can't stop us now
 
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1 said:
when you listen to music, do you care about the politics expressed in the music?

example:
if you are a liberal, can you listen to Lynard Skynard?
if you are a republican, can you listen to Green Day?
Thankfully, my music either has no lyrics or pre-dates the United States. Thankfully i dont listen to music with political messages or whatever in them because... well, its annoying to listen to fact-less rhetoric no matter whos saying it and from what 'side'. For example... one of my friends loves this one song and has it as his away msg. He puts up this one lyric over and over talken about the US and how we somehow love to send people out to get killed in our military and the end line of the verse is "because most of the army is black or latino".

Because he annoys me so much, i decided to check out this statistic and no matter how you cut it, active duty/non active duty, iraq deployed/non-iraq deployed, afghan/non-afghan, front line/'higher up', navy/marines/army, reserves/active duty, it was consistently 50%+ caucasian.

Further proof, democracy doesnt work! lol jk
 
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when you listen to music, do you care about the politics expressed in the music?

example:
if you are a liberal, can you listen to Lynard Skynard?
if you are a republican, can you listen to Green Day?

Fibonacci
Green Day's latest album bothers me a little bit, but its still in my car cd player. Its not too bad, politically. Rage, well - its rage. I listen to the music, but don't take the politics seriously. It doesn't show any intelligence that I can detect.

Anyway, it really depends. I can forsee some (can't think of one lately) that I wouldn't be able to stomach.
 
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Bad Religion is probably my favorite band. They tend to lean left politically I think but they stay pretty well in the middle for the most part which is where I stand myself. I have to have respect for a punk band whose members all have a Masters or better, the lead singer holding a Phd. Other than them most of the music I listen to doesn't really contain political messages. Well actually... Dropkick Murphy's do too. They lean right but again I think the messages are more or less middle.
 

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