**Somehow this episode became increasingly relevant since the release of Eminem’s freestyle rap targeting President Donald Trump. We recorded this episode on October 7th and this discussion is really well tied into the conversation that Eminem is bringing up with political songs.
On this week’s episode, we’re excited to announce a higher audio quality going forward and regular releases on YouTube! Raleigh opens up with a discussion on The Killers’ Wonderful Wonderful and how it will be remembered in the history of band.
The co-hosts pay tributes to the recently passed Tom Petty and Charles Bradley and their contributions to music while Spags talks about the importance of Tom Petty to his own love of music.
The main topic of this episode is centered around political songs in America and how artists can contribute to the bigger political picture. Spags centers on the 1970s and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young’s Ohio which directly targeted Richard Nixon and police brutality toward college youth.
Spags also draws connections to the 2004 release of American Idiot by Green Day which contrasted the pro-war country music that was prevalent at the start of the second Iraq war.
Matt brings up another list with the biggest stand-outs in political songs keying in on Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday. Raleigh expands on it as well and how that song brought up the themes of the civil rights movement two decades before the actual civil rights movement.