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FUCK THE GOVERNMENT AND FUCK BORIS

Editor’s Note – We here at the CUB Magazine Music Section welcome any and all ideologies, except fascism and those which are just fascism in a stupid blonde wig and a fat-suit. Today felt like a hard push against the creative and united parts of this country. It felt like a shift into American Bipartisanism. It feels like soon, for Labour to have any chance of getting power, they’ll have to start behaving more and more like the Tories until our entire fucking political system is nothing more than a media feeding puppet show of nonsense and no matter who we vote for, the human beings who live here will be consistently punched down and oppressed under the ever-apocalyptic bulge of late-stage capitalism.

Fascism is an opportunistic disease which targets nation’s going through economic and social destabilisation. Soon Scotland will be trying a bit harder to leave the UK, soon there will be riots and civil unrest, soon there will be war. Make sure you’re not on the side of the people in silly hats who say everything will be fine if you all follow me!

As a university student, I can’t help but feel like the huge increase in student debt + the huge decrease in the value of a degree, especially one in the arts, is all part of a scheme to create a new layer of proletariat. Nobody can riot if we have to work all day and night.

Slowly, all of our wages will decrease, and the cost of living will increase, until eventually they are just about the same, and then all you have is an entire generation working for food and shelter – slavery with extra steps, slavery with monopoly bucks we get to pass around so we can experience the illusion of being capitalist.

LISTEN: IF YOU DON’T OWN PROFITABLE THINGS OR PAY ANYONE TO MAKE YOU MONEY, YOU’RE NOT A CAPITALIST. YOU’RE A WORKER IN THE SYSTEM OF CAPITALISM. IF YOU WORK FOR A COMPANY TO BARELY AFFORD TO RENT A FLAT FROM A LAND LORD, YOU ARE A MACHINE MAKING MONEY FOR OTHER PEOPLE. STOP TRYING TO HAVE FALSE CLASS SOLIDARITY WILL BILLIONAIRES. 

EAT THE RICH. 

Okay I’m done, over to our trusted reporter Fin H. B. for some anti-establishment recommendations.

– Milo Wilson, Editor.

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Photo by Jonathan Harrison @ Bank Station, London

I sit here disappointed. It is early on the 13th of December, a time and date with by now widely known implications. The principles of democracy and equality are under attack as they have rarely been before. Now is the time to act or see this path of decline only steepen.

Now, more than ever, connect with your fellow human. You may not know them, or share common interests or activities, but only together can we attempt to bring about positive change, on a local level in the coming years, and on a national level in the coming decades.

To this end, music is a great uniter. It is the human experience distilled.

Here are some brief, perhaps obvious, listening recommendations as we move towards a darker timeline.

Please enjoy as loudly as you can. But in a nice way.

 

Slaves – Are You Satisfied

An outcry for the post 2008 era. You need only listen to the second verse of The Hunter to face the consequences of the last 10 years. A message is carried throughout much of the album. I suggest you listen.

 

Idles – Joy as an Act of Resistance

Its loud, its angry, and it nurtures the human spirit in a way Starbucks wish they could. If you wish to rebel against this cruel, modern world, this is the album to do it with. The title has never been more relevant in my lifetime – Joy, Compassion, Acceptance, and Unity, all are now acts of resistance. Brutalism is also strongly recommended but is an album I am less familiar with.

 

Napalm Death – Scum

The purest distillation of many problems we as a people should seek to overcome. You do not need five minutes when five seconds can tell the whole sordid story.

 

Link Wray and the Wraymen – Rumble

Upon its release in 1958 this song became the only instrumental to be banned on radio, for fears it would lead to youth rebellion. Let that spirit of discontent infuse you over the coming years, as direct action and protesting becomes ever more relevant to ensure the voices of the people are heard.

 

Stomzy – Vossi Bop

You know the line that got this song here.

 

Taylor Swift – Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince

Yes, Taylor Swift. It doesn’t really seem to fit here, but this is her most overtly political track to date. While aimed squarely at the American alt-right, it appears increasingly relevant in the UK. Hope for a better tomorrow is needed, and this track provides some.

 

Beastie Boys – Fight For Your Right

Replace the word party with any human right you can think of. They will all become increasingly applicable in the coming years.

 

Rage Against the Machine – Rage Against the Machine

The entire back catalogue of RATM would fit here, but their debut is so well known for a reason. The entire feeling behind the band and record is the sort of notion that should be more prevalent, even if I do not fully agree with the political alignment of the band.

 

Black Futures – Never Not Nothing

In amongst the raucous post-apocalyptic space rock there is a message, of community, of challenging those in power, and of the role of the younger generations in politics.

 

Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes – I Hate You

This song live is a communal experience. Tell them what you really think, and rally for a better establishment, better leaders, and a better future. I may be going too far into this one.

 

Dead Kennedys – Nazi Punks Fuck Off

One of the definitive punk songs, from a seminal band who helped bring punk back from the Nazi Punks who invaded the scene in the 1980s. With the continued rise of the alt-right in America and in an increasingly post-truth era, this song is once again unfortunately relevant.

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