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Thursday, 11 August 2011


So thankfully the England riots seem to be quieting down. It’s been quite strange to watch as someone who is too young to remember anything on this scale happening before. And whilst I in no way condone rioting, there have been some pretty good songs written about or mentioning them in the past. So before the next wave of songs about rioting are surely written, let’s remember the riot songs of the past. Whilst some may have been inspired by actual riots, most just play with the imagery.

The Smiths – Panic – “Panic on the streets of London. Panic on the streets of Birmingham. I wonder to myself, could life ever be sane again?”

Rage Against The Machine – Calm Like A Bomb – “These vultures rob everything, leave nothing but chains. Pick a point on tha globe, yes tha pictures tha same…and tha riot be tha rhyme of tha unheard.”

The Libertines – Time for Heroes – “Did you see the stylish kids in the riot? Shoveled up like muck, set the night on fire.

Sex Pistols – Anarchy in the UK – “Don’t know what I want but I know how to get it. I wanna destroy the passer by.”

The Clash  White Riot – “All the power's in the hands of people rich enough to buy it. While we walk the street, too chicken to even try it.”

Dead 60s – Riot Radio – “Airwaves beam from the light on the tower. Get my kicks from your eleventh hour. Won't you gimme some more. Riot on the radio.”

Sleigh Bells – Riot Rhythm – “Dear heart, don’t stop fighting. We’re going to fight the lightning…you’ve gotta march.”

Listen to the songs on Spotify here Riot.

Any more suggestions? (If you want to suggest Kaiser Chiefs then maybe this blog isn’t for you)

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