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Now You Do What They Told Ya // 10 Tracks To Help Consumers On Black Friday26.11.15
It's that day again, the one America created and the day where hungry shoppers fight for second-rate goods.
So before you smash and grab that 40" Plasma TV, D//E's is here to provide some catharsis with a list of tracks to help shoppers get through the busiest shopping day of the year.
10. Bad Religion - 21st Century Digital Boy
Bad Religion cite the inspiration behind this song as poking fun at our gadget-laden era. As the song was written in the 1990s, it was clear that the youth of that day were heading towards being heavily affected for good and bad by digital technology. Now in 2015, people will queue and lose days for the latest phone.
9. Minor Threat - Cashing In
Ian McKay writes Cashing In from a first person perspective and he's addressing the audience in the most straightforward manner, as if he's been talking straight to you, the listener, about how his band makes money out of you with each show. The band doesn't care about you, but only about money... Given the career McKay and the lads followed after Minor Threat's demise, feel free to take all the above ironically.
8. Wu-Tang Clan - The Gravel Pit
The track touches on commercialism/consumerism and favors a more primitive life, as in the music video, directed by Joseph Kahn, features the Wu-Tang Clan arguing in their time machine, and in argument accidentally sending themselves back to "2,000,000 BC.
7. Jane's Addiction - Been Caught Stealing
Last year there were reports of record thefts in stores throughout the US with instances of shopping trolleys full of goods being lifted. It appeared those low prices were not enough of a steal in that people thought they should be even cheaper, IE free!
6. The Beatles - Can't Buy Me Love
The expression that someone can buy you the most expensive gift of all, but can still treat you badly. Can you love them? Expensive things decrease in their value, their luster, but... Love? you can put a price on that so says The Beatles.
5. Dead Prez - Hip Hop
The most memorable song from Dead Prez's excellent debut album is an attack on the over-commercialization of music, coming from a group that was overall based on rebellious themes, revolution and rioting.
4. The Clash - Lost In The Supermarket
London Calling was a giant album because it was well conceived, well written and expertly executed, as the four piece band worked as a unit under the production of the chaotic, alcohol-drug troubled at the time, Guy Stevens. Lost In The Supermarket was written by Joe Strummer, but on the record it is sung by Mick Jones and it's a devastating look on the society turning completely marketable, commercialization and depersonalization. This comes from the point of view of some poor guy who came in to buy a guaranteed personality in special offer.
3. The Slits - Spend, Spend, Spend
In 1979 The Slits released one of the most important post-punk (reggae-dub infused) records of all time, that stood in time and rightfully became a contemporary classic. Ari Up's nihilistic vocals go hand in hand with the bitter lrics of Spend, Spend, Spend, an almost dull sounding, but perfectly put criticism on modern society's commercialism and the depersonalizatipn of man. Or woman. This record is also considered a proud flag for feminism.
2. Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name
Nothing subliminal about this track. "Now ya do what they told ya" echoes the relentless mind-control of Black Friday. That's all we need to say.
1. The Smiths - Panic
A bit out of context, but the lyrics are quite appropriate. So wherever you are, feeling frustrated by crazy people, in crazy queues on the TV- know that you are not alone and Morrissey feels the same way as you do.
Enjoy your shopping...