Archive for ‘music monday’

June 4, 2012

Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The House Of Representatives – TISM: music monday

Ring the bells! Ring the bells!

There are very few songs written about our House Of Representatives, so this one is it, Enjoy

May 28, 2012

‘Crazy’ Cordrazine – the state of Australian politics this Music Monday

Cordrazine an under-rated Australian band, some laid back music after a hectic weekend of Australian politics.

May 21, 2012

‘I like it both ways’ – For Tony Abbott who likes it both ways (Music Monday)

Dr Craig Emerson (Federal Member for Rankin) has pointed out the inconsistencies in the Federal Opposition demanding that Thomson and Slipper step aside, while supporting people like the convicted Mary Jo Fisher and now the accused Bill Heffernan, who is accused of assault. Surely Heffernan’s vote is just as “tainted”?

Craig Emerson has said that Under the principles the Labor government has supported and continues to support Senator Heffernan is entitled to due process and the presumption of innocence

However, presumption of innocence is something the Labor party supports, the Liberal party it seems prefer ‘innocent unless accused by Murdoch media‘, and if Abbott applied the same principals that hysterically demands of the Labor party, Heffernon would be stood aside.

Dr Emerson said Mr Abbott should refuse to accept Senator Heffernan’s tainted vote, he will stand him down from chairing the relevant Senate committee and he will move to dismiss Senator Heffernan from the Liberal Party.

For the leader of the Opposition to expect differently from Heffernan as he has demanded of Thomson and Slipper is a double standard Mr Abbott seeks to have one principle for the Liberal Party and one principle for the rest of Australia the Labor minister for Trade and Competitiveness has said.

Mr Abbott can’t have it both ways – Craig Emerson

Supernaught – I Like It Both Ways

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use of quotes does not imply that the ALP, Craig Emerson, Supernaught, Bill Heffernan, Tony Abbott or anyone else referred to in this post would endorse the contents of this post or blog

May 7, 2012

Music Monday – 3 songs about refugees in honour of Serco, paid $693 million to run detention centres

Would the attitude of Australians towards refugees be any different if people knew that the foreign multinational that is behind running the detention centres (UK’s Serco) made $693 million last year from Australian government contracts, of that $57 million was profit.

“The revenue of the company, which has the mandate to run the immigration detention services on behalf of the federal government, almost doubled from $369 million to $693 million.” (source: SMH)

There has been an “increase in detention centres from 12 to 20 across the mainland, Tasmania and Christmas Island. In the 2010-11 financial year, a total of 8874 people were taken into detention. It has also meant a lucrative new $1 billion contract for Serco, in a deal renegotiated with the government last December. A contract to manage the immigration residential housing program had blown out from $44.5 million to $85.6 million.” (source: SMH)

When we lock up refugees, Serco make money. Lots and lots of it. $693 million.

excerpt from Hilltop Hoods – Walk On

And at home we treat our refugees like criminals
‘detention centres’ just a catch-phrase for a minimal security prison

we drive gold-trim cars
down the road an Afghani kid grow up behind bars

We follow reporters with the worth of a scholar
And gather personal opinions from a rag worth a dollar

available here – Last FM Hilltop Hoods: Walk On The Calling
as much as we would like to promote Australian artists here at TL, this video is not available on You Tube for some reason…

so here is an different song from a different artist, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars who themselves were / are refugees, and formed as a band while in a refugee camp

and this one Wyclef Jean and the Fugees with No Woman, No Cry, which Jean dedicates to all the refugees worldwide

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Source of quotes: Boat surge leads to huge profits by Michael West, for Fairfax, May 6, 2012.
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Use of quote from lyrics to ‘Walk On’ comes under Fair Use of any copyright material.
Use of quote from ‘Boat surge leads to huge profits’ comes under Fair Use of any copyright material, click the link, read in the original context for more outrage about Serco.

April 30, 2012

Music Monday – two Anti-Murdoch songs

Never Buy The Sun – Billy Bragg

This 2011 song by Billy Bragg, is a celebration of a 22-year Boycott, by Northern Englanders against the Murdoch newspapers in Britain. When people are “crying out for justice”, sometimes, if us commoners can’t compete with Murdoch and his billions, then perhaps our little rebellion is not buying his products. No point giving him our hard-earned dollars
(This song is also available for Free legal download from

Dear Mr Murdoch – Roger Taylor (of Queen)

An old song that found new meaning in recent years.

Here is Roger Taylors personal views about music:

What happened to the protest song? Music is now so polished, shiny and predictable, we have forgotten to try and say something with it. I am getting old and like everyone, have the right to say something about the “state of control” we live under – powerless to do anything about it. In case you hadn’t noticed. The high street is full of holes. We are fighting a pointless actively negative war which is killing our young soldiers and which we simply cannot afford. This war promotes and prolongs terrorism. This is our Vietnam. Unwinnable. Pointless. We are taxed and retaxed while the nation is not only broke but utterly bankrupt, being propped up with tax payers’ money and money which is simply printed. We are spied upon by 5 million cameras. We have thousands of petty rules and regulations more than ever before – no wonder people are bewildered and confused. As a nation we own almost nothing including water, electricity, gas, airspace and major manufacturers. Personal privacy is non-existent. We are directionless. I’m pissed off – you should be too.

April 16, 2012

Music Monday – Spicks and Specks: Bee Gees

This song has had one of the greatest impacts on the Australian music industry, and, also the television industry. For it was this song, which not only gave its name, but its music to the ABC television show Spicks and Specks opening theme.

Spicks and Speck by the Bee Gees

April 9, 2012

Music Monday – Wide Open Road: The Triffids

The band is named after a plant that learns to walk and communicate and wipes out humanity.

The song is about being away from your loved ones and wanting to get back to wide open road of Australia, and voted one of the most wanted songs for homesick Australians backpacking overseas.

text by @redglitterx

April 2, 2012

Music Monday – US Forces: Midnight Oil

US Forces give the nod, it’s a set back for your country

Peter Garrett sang those words in 1982, and now, about wanting to get the United States military out of Australia and Australia’s foreign policy.

All these many years later, Garrett is part of a Labor government that just opened Darwin for permanent occupation by US Marines, complete with drones, and possibly nuclear weapons, and giving away Cocos Island for a US military base.

Activists fought to get US Bases Out in the 70s and 80s – and now it seems we have to fight those battles again in this century too.

text by @redglitterx
use of song is in no way intended to suggest that Midnight Oil, or the US Military in any way endorses the contents of this post or this blog

March 26, 2012

Music Monday – Possibly the most subversive song in Australian music

John Farnham’s Sadie The Cleaning Lady

In the 1970s, John Farnham was under watch of ASIO (Australian Security Intelligence Organisation) for being a potential supporter of the Aboriginal tent embassy. ASIO suspected the tent embassay was being used as a front for a Maoist-led, armed overthrow of the Australian government.

For the full story: Farnham on ASIO’s radar for tent embassy support (SMH: 18 Mar 2012)

text by @redglitterx

March 19, 2012

Music Monday – The Whitlams: Gough

For you Gough, for you Gough, for You Gough Whitlam

“She wasn’t Mrs Gough Whitlam. She was Margaret Whitlam and don’t you forget it.” – Ita Buttrose