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Because They Vote Tory – new music from the group behind Suella de Vil

Matt Hancock: this may well be his reaction when he hears this song.

They’re called Send-a-Song and their day job is producing personalised music – “from re-imagined operatic classics to brand new original songs”. Apparently this is just a bit of fun on the side.

Their new piece – following up on the smash hit (on This Site, at least) Suella de Vil is called Because They Vote Tory and is based on Sam Smith’s Bodyshop.

Send-a-Song’s own comment on it is: “Not our usual style, but this song BANGS.”

Do you agree?

@send_a_song Our parody of Sam Smith’s Bodyshop. Not our usual style, but this song BANGS. #britishpolitics #costoflivinfcrisis #imaceleb #imacelebritygetmeoutofhere #matthancock #rishisunak #ukpolitics #politicaltiktok #fyp #funny #ukcomedy #politicalsatire #jamesobrien #toriesout #torieshatethepoor #jeremyhunt #foryou ♬ original sound – SendaSong

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This spoof music video is the only thing ever likely to make Liz Truss popular

Thank Goodness It’s Friday – and here comes the fun!

Let’s start with this offering from Liv Struss comedian Nerine Skinner – a music video that hits all the right notes (unlike its subject):

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Walk on, p*ss people off: Liz Truss’s choice of music angers its creators

She probably thought it was a good choice of walk-on music at a conference whose slogan was “Getting Britain Moving”.

But Liz Truss’s choice of M People’s Moving On Up has deeply angered members of the band who created it – not least because the Conservative Party never even bothered to ask permission to use the track.

Producer and DJ Mike Pickering, who was one of M People’s three members, had this to say:

The band was left-leaning, as we can see from these tweets about singer Heather Small:

Perhaps this would have been a better choice:

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Liz Truss could take up a new career in pop. Here’s ‘Bonkers’… or is it ‘Bankers’?

Here’s some brilliance from Politics Joe – although I think someone’s been taking inspiration from Cassetteboy.

If you think the subject matter is off-colour, allow me to point you to the hour-long discussion in the video clip below, which asked very simply: is Liz Truss actually insane – or just pretending to be?

It’s okay, I’m not asking you to wade through it all if you don’t want to. Oh, you did it already? Never mind, then.

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Toyah Wilcox’s Song of Support for Ukraine | Beastrabban\’s Weblog


This Writer asked for musical commentaries on the Russia-Ukraine situation and it didn’t take long for one to turn up!

I found this on the blog of my brother the Beast:

Mighty punk princess Toyah Wilcox and her husband Robert Fripp have been entertaining their legions of fans on YouTube over the past couple of years with their Sunday lunch performances.

Ten days ago they posted this song, ‘Ukraine We Hear You’. It’s obviously rather more serious, a musical gesture of support following the Russian invasion. Well, we in Britain and the West have heard Ukraine, and we hear Toyah and Robert’s song of support.

I hope the forces of peace and justice win, and that the war will shortly come to an end.

Source: Toyah Wilcox’s Song of Support for Ukraine | Beastrabban\’s Weblog

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Musical interlude: Putin has made this song relevant again

Selfie: Vladimir Putin poses with Russian children. This image was taken in 2014. Does he know whether any of these children went on to fight in his Ukrainian war? Would he care if any of them died? Many millions of Russians do – don’t they?

I remember this old Sting piece from when it first came out in 1985. It is tragic that, nearly 40 years later, it has become relevant again.

The sentiment it expresses was powerful then and is powerful now, as once again Europe (and America) is in the hands of tyrants who are acting without any regard for the future of their people, or their people’s children.

Over to you, Sting:

Are there other songs out there, about the Russia-Ukraine conflict or that have been adapted to be relevant to it? If so, send links so I can put them up too.

Music, culture and the arts are powerful tools to shape political activity. 

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Here’s a January pick-me-up from the people who make funny videos about politics

Take off: Donald Trump is on his way out of the White House – and some of us can’t wait to see him go.

If you’re sick of the “relentless stream of misery on social media”, as one commenter on the Vox Political Facebook page put it, you need to cheer up!

Fortunately, there is an army of creative people who are working hard to lift our spirits with amusing images, cartoons and video clips.

For example: here’s one anticipating the departure of Donald Trump from the US Presidency – with a clever adaptation of a song from perennial movie favourite The Sound of Music.

I’ll try to find more. Meanwhile, feel free to follow Shirley Serban on Facebook and YouTube.

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Leading politicians get pop singles for Christmas that reflect public feeling about them

Okay, he may still be prime minister but when it comes to pop support, Johnson falls to Corbyn.

It’s the festive season and that means it’s time for the usual slew of seasonal novelty singles.

This year, leading politicians from both the Labour Party and the Conservatives have songs dedicated to them.

On the left, we have Letter to Corbyn, by Craft-D:

Sorry, Keir Starmer fan, but there’s no song for your idol this year.

Perhaps you can console yourself with the thought that any sentiment for him may be included in the meaning of the following, which is this year’s tribute to Conservative leader – and UK prime minister – Boris Johnson:

‘Nuff said?

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Musicians: brace yourselves for the hidden costs of EU touring the Brexiteers never mentioned

Festival: if you’re a musician who regularly performs at EU events, you can kiss those big crowds goodbye – unless you’re getting paid big bucks for your performance.

As a musician myself – even though I’ve never toured in Europe – this is infuriating.

I know musicians who do gig on the Continent, and the new costs triggered by Brexit are likely to make it impractical for them to continue.

Wasn’t Brexit supposed to make it easier for us all to ply our trades? Do you know anybody who actually and materially benefits from January 1 onwards?

Here’s Howard Goodall to explain the bad news:

Last summer, the arts/culture charity I currently chair – Radnor Fringe Festival – ran an online version of its annual event because Covid-19 made a physical festival with thousands of people standing around shoulder-to-shoulder impossible. It was a huge success.

We’re currently working on making the online festival an ongoing thing, with new content by musicians, artists, actors and so on, to be funded initially by donations.

Personally, I see this as one way for UK musicians to get their sounds out to the Continent while the Brexit insanity holds sway.

It won’t be the same as being there at a gig, but it might be the only cost-effective way of being heard.

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“Hey, you! Don’t buy that Christmas single! Buy this!” Or why not buy ’em all?

The cover to Hobo’s Christmas, by Guy Calhoun.

It seems there’s a slight controversy about which political Christmas single we should all be buying.

Should it be the single in memory of Jo Cox – a cover of The Rolling Stones’ You Can’t Always Get What You Want?

The Stones themselves have waived their claim on royalties, meaning more money from each sale will go to the Jo Cox Foundation – and bookmaker William Hill has said it will donate money staked on the single being Christmas Number One to charity.

You can use this link to buy it, and here’s the video:

Or should it be the piece in support of Jeremy Corbyn, JC4PM4ME?

All profits from this one go to food bank charity The Trussell Trust, it is available here on CD/Vinyl, here on download, and there’s a video as well:

… and then this morning This Blog received a comment from ‘malsainsbury’ about another Christmas song, by her son Guy Calhoun.

It’s called Hobo’s Christmas. All proceeds will be donated to charities supporting the homeless, and This Writer has a soft spot for it because the video was shot in my original home city, Bristol.

You can buy it here, and – guess what? – there’s a video:

Whatever you think of these songs – and I’ve seen some fairly vitriolic remarks about the ‘Jeremy Corbyn’ single – they have all been created with good intent, to help charities and the people who rely on them.

Whether you buy one, all, or none of them is up to you.

If you do buy any of them – have a Merry Christmas! You’ll be helping others to do the same.

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