Monday, October 28, 2019

The Mixes: Themes Of Political Revolution II

Vinyl Encounters of the...Rewind!

The Mixes: Themes Of Political Revolution II: Hindsight Is 2020

Mixed & Written by Selecta J-Cut

Themes Of Political Revolution 2: Hindsight Is 2020

This is the latest edition in the  reboot of Vinyl Encounters of the...Rewind! (see original video episodes Here), my blog about music, records and the artists who make them.
This time I will break down my 2019 Senator Bernie Sanders endorsement mix, Themes Of Political Revolution II: Hindsight Is 2020. It's an all-vinyl mix except for soundbites of Sanders and other public figures, who's statements were worked into the mix where I found the message to be fitting or appropriate. (if you haven't already, check out Themes Of Political Revolution 1)

Disclaimer: This is my personal endorsement of Senator Bernie Sanders for President of the United States. It is not implied that any of the artists included in this mix share my endorsement, nor should it be construed that the ideas expressed here are all those of Senator Sanders or his campaign. I have merely put together a collection of songs that, to me, convey a message of Political, Economic, Environmental and/or Social Justice.

Even though the campaign was unsuccessful at clenching the nomination from the DNC for the 2016 election, it was successful at bringing the talking points of the party considerably to the left. The mid-term elections went in the party's favor, especially where progressive candidates were running. So, hopefully 2020 will have a different outcome. 

As a DJ, i felt that a mix of songs with messages congruent to his policies was the most effective means that I have of supporting the cause...

The first tune is "No Escape," gritty, post-industrial dub by G36 from their No Escape / Black Mass 12" which came out in 2018 on Hotline Records.

The opening speech is from the 2020 campaign announcement to a crowd in Brooklyn, N.Y.  he had to stop the enthusiastic, young audience from chanting his name with " is not Bernie, it is you, it is us, together..." The crowd was very receptive to his message to "transform this country, and finally create an economy and a government that works for all of us, not just the one percent..."

After that, comes "Leftist" from The Revolutionaries, which was released in 1976 on the Channel One LP, Revolutionary Sounds.

The campaign announcement recaps many of the policies from Sanders' 2016 campaign, this time pushing universal healthcare even further with a Medicare For All proposal.

From 1976's Ital Corner LP is "Bloody Dunza" by Prince Jazzboanother dread warning about the root of evil.

"Everyday Another Sanction" features vocals by Chezidek and is from Coldcut x On-U Sound's 2017 masterpiece, Outside The Echo Chamber.

The soundbites are Sanders speaking of the oppressive right-wing government of Israel, which the U.S. gives billions in military aid to annually, and it's racism and mistreatment of the Palestinian people.

Following that is an Arabic / Japanese version of "War" by Neyssatou & Likkle Mai from the 2019 Pay It All Back 7 compilation, as well as from the forthcoming album, Dub No Frontiers.

"Socialist Dub" is from Jah Thomas meets The Roots Radics Dubbing LP on Clocktower Records affiliated label, Abraham.

Here, joker-smoker, Tommy Chong gives an endorsement of the Sanders campaign's policies of humane immigration, a living wage, equality for all and of course, the legalization of our favorite medicinal plant...

"Legalize It" is off of the 2012 Life MusicLegalize It 45 by Andrew Tosh.

Next, is another from Pay It All Back 7, "One Law For The Rich" is a Sherwood & Pinch track with Daddy Freddy & Dubiterian.

"Wall Street, insurance companies, drug companies, the military industrial complex, the prison industrial complex, the fossil fuel industry and a corrupt campaign finance system that allows billionaires to buy elections" are some of the targets of the campaign, and those groups are certainly no fans of Senator Sanders.

"Money Money" by Horace Andy is from the 2012 Jamaican Records reissue of the Striker Lee 7" from the mid-70's, Money Money.

Dr. Cornel West endorses Sanders, once again, eloquently articulating on his moral consistency.

"I Need A Roof" is from The Revolutionaries 1976 album, Revolutionary Sounds. The vocal version of the tune by The Mighty Diamonds runs next, taken from their 1976 LP, Right Time.

Also on the Mean Girl riddim, is "Babylon A Listen," from Sizzla's 1997 Xterminator 7" single, Babylon A Listen.

"If love was a thing that money could buy, the rich would have love and the poor would have a lot of hate..."

"A So We Stay" features deejay legend Big Youth chatting over a Dennis Brown tune, A So We Stay was released in 1973 by Joe Gibbs.

"Not me, us," Sanders explains here, is the mantra of the campaign, which now has over a million individual donors.

"Shank I Sheck" is off of the Shank I Sheck 7" by Bobby Ellis & The Revolutionaries which came out in 1978 on High Note.

Next comes Bounty Killer, on the Kingston 11 (Jammy's) version of the Shank I Sheck riddim, with "Down In The Ghetto," from the 1994 Down In The Ghetto 7" single. Then Junior Reid joins the warlord for the anti-gun-violence, "World Too Haunted," from the 1994 single, World Too Haunted.

"Now it is true, I did not have a father who gave me millions of dollars to build luxury skyscrapers, casinos and country clubs..." Sanders says of his upbringing.

"To Be Rich Should Be A Crime" is by Jeb Loy Nichols, off of his 2010 album, Long Time Traveller, which was reissued by On-U Sound in 2016.

Vintage New Age Steppers continues the On-U Sound vibe with their remake of "Fade Away" by Junior Byles, sung here by Ari Up from the 1980 LP, New Age Steppers.
The version is called "Earthwire Line" and is from the New Age Steppers / Creation Rebel split album released in 1981, Threat To Creation.

Next, comes "Independent Man" by Creation Rebel, which appeared on the Independent Man / Creation Rebel 10" Disco-plate released in 1982. The version, "Independence," appeared on Dub Syndicate's One Way System, from 1983.

"Climate change is not a hoax," Sanders states, "but it is an existential threat to our country and the entire planet..." The Green New Deal for confronting the climate crisis is yet another example of his progressive policy proposals.

"Piece Of The Earth" comes from Longtime, the 1996 LP by Little Roy.

"Every man For Every Man" is off of Ghetto Priest's 2017 album, Every Man For Every Man.

From 1978's Rock Against Racism 7" single, China Street come in with the punk-reggae jam, "Rock Against Racism."

Killer Mike, long time Sanders supporter, explains how Bernie's agenda matches that of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Weak Heart Version" is off of the Ruts DC vs Mad Professor Present Rhythm Collision LP, originally released in 1982, this is recorded from the 2002 Select Cuts reissue, Rhythm Collision Vol. 1 & Remix Versions (also featuring Zion Train).

Nina Turner's impassioned words hit hard, "the cause is right, and the time is now!"

From 1978's Peace Treaty 7" single on Top Ranking from reggae legend, Jacob Miller, is the dub from Fatman Riddim Section, "Togetherness Rock."

"Two White Rat" comes from Ninjaman off of the Volcano 7" Two White Rat.

Words from A. Philip Randolph and Walter Reuther from The Great March On Washington For Jobs And Freedom, August 28, 1963, which Sanders attended,  appear from the 1963 Gordy Records release, The Great March On Washington.

"Defend The Poor" is next, from Bounty Killer off of his 1994 Champion Records 7" single, Defend The Poor.  The version that follows is from Buss Up Pants Waist, the 1998 Red Rat single on Bankeylus.

Another Bounty Killer tune. "Fed Up (Remix)" is from his 2002 album, Ghetto Dictionary: The Mystery.

 "Get Ur Freak On (Instrumental)" was repurposed here from Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliot and Timbaland's 2000 hit, Get Ur Freak On.

Sanders points out the embarrassing rate of incarceration in the U.S., blaming the prison-industrial-complex and the war on drugs, meaningful criminal justice reform will be a priority for the administration.

Marianne Faithfull delivers her rendition of John Lennon's "Working Class Hero" next, from her 1979 LP, Broken English.

"Militant" is another dirty, digital dub from G36, on their 2018 Pressure EP, Floor Weapons Volume 1.

Comprehensive immigration reform, a path toward citizenship and legal status for all DACA recipients are also priorities of the campaign.

Also on Pressure, "Vex" appears on 2018's Vex 12" single by Nazamba.

"Muzikal Warriahz Version" comes next, dubbed by Jah B / Dub Me Records from the 2017 Macka B Muzikal Warriahz single on Roots Cooperation.

"This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism, it would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment..." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Freedom Fighter" is from the 1979 Cry Tuff released Freedom Fighter 7" single by Jah Brown, recorded here from the 2011 reissue.

The following tune is by dub poet extraordinaire, Linton Kwesi Johnson, from his 1984 album, Making History, "Wat About Di Workin' Claas?"

"Justice" from The Terrorists, was released in 1980 by Max's Kansas City Records on the 7" single, Justice / Riis Park. Although the song is actually about justice for a broken heart, only a short clip was used for the context of the mix.

The clip is from a report on the Charlottesville, VA protest of May, 2017 at which a white nationalist terrorist drove a car into a crowd of protesters, killing Heather Heyer.

The next set of tunes are reactions to the current administration and it's wrong-doings.

"Nazi Punks - Fuck Off" by Dead Kennedys is from the 1981 Alternative Tentacles compilation, Let Them Eat Jellybeans.

"No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA" is a protest anthem by old-school Texas punk-rockers, M.D.C. that was released on the 2017 split 7" on Swamp Cabbage RecordsMillions Of Delusional Citizens / The Antidon'ts. The original version of this was released on the 1982 LP, Millions Of Dead Cops, as "Born To Die."

Canadian hardcore band D.O.A. revamp their 1981 song, "Fucked Up Ronnie," with 2016's "Fucked Up Donald," from the Sudden Death Records released Fucked Up Donald 7" single.

If all else fails and "political revolution" becomes an impossibility, the next tune goes out to the cynics...
"Sabotage" is from Feederz 2017 Slope Records  7" single, W.W.H.D.? (What Would hitler Do?).

The final tune of the mix is "Go! (Club Mix)" by Tones On Tail from their 1984 single on Beggars BanquetLions / Go! not a political tune but the energy seemed right.

"We're going to win this election because we are putting together the strongest grassroots campaign in the history of American politics..." confirms Bernie, who promises rather than dividing people by their differences, this campaign will bring people together.
"...we are together, and together, we will transform this country."

That concludes this edition, thanks for checking it out and come back soon for the next Vinyl Encounters of the...Rewind! 

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The Mixes: Themes Of Political Revolution I

Vinyl Encounters of the...Rewind!

The Mixes: Themes Of Political Revolution 1

Mixed & Written by Selecta J-Cut

Themes Of Political Revolution 1

This is the latest edition in the  reboot of Vinyl Encounters of the...Rewind! (see original video episodes Here), my blog about music, records and the artists who make them.
This time I will break down my 2015 Senator Bernie Sanders endorsement mix, Themes Of Political Revolution 1. It's an all-vinyl mix except for soundbites of Sanders and other public figures, who's statements were worked into the mix where I found the message to be fitting or appropriate. 

Disclaimer: This is my personal endorsement of Senator Bernie Sanders for President of the United States. It is not implied that any of the artists included in this mix share my endorsement, nor should it be construed that the ideas expressed here are all those of Senator Sanders or his campaign. I have merely put together a collection of songs that, to me, convey a message of Political, Economic, Environmental and/or Social Justice.

Some try to abstain from politics, consider themselves apolitical... some out of apathy, some out of genuine distrust after seeing years of political corruption and greed ultimately ruling everything around us... That is understandable, but to me, "political" is of or relating to citizens, so virtually everything that people do is political in some way. Furthermore, whether or not you take any interest in what our political figures are doing, there are obscenely wealthy people who invests millions into the candidates of their choosing every election they must care, a lot! To me, the candidate that the establishment is trying the hardest to stifle is the only acceptable choice.

Sanders doesn't claim to have the magic "fix" for everything, but the ideas and policies that he's consistently and persistently advocated for are necessary not only to make this country, finally and truly, the land of liberty and equality that it's patriots have always asserted it to be; but in order to maintain a planet that is habitable for generations to come.

The media bias against Sanders is undeniable, the corporate sponsors have their obvious picks for the ticket, but no other candidate speaks truth to power like Bernie does. The other "progressive" candidates are glad to borrow ideas like $15 minimum wage, free college or healthcare for all, but few of them were supporting Sanders when he ran on those issues four years ago. They opted for the centrist with billionaire, banker and CEO donors with all of the name recognition and look where that got us...

What I was was getting at is that I feel that it is my duty to spread his message to anyone that I can reach, thus the mix, which I'll get to now.

"...No president, none, no matter how good he or she may be, can bring about the changes that we so desperately need in this country unless there is a political revolution... and what that political revolution means is that people all over America have got to stand up and become involved in the political process in a way we have never done before..." - Bernie Sanders, 2015

Bob Marley & The Wailers - Natty Dread

The first tune is "Revolution" from the 1974 Bob Marley & The Wailers album,  Natty Dread. As Nesta says, "never make a politician grant you a favor, they will always want to control you forever," Bernie Sanders isn't offering favors, he's calling for revolution. 

Augustus Pablo & Hugh Mundell -
Africa Must Be Free By 1983 Dub

An endorsement for "Brother Bernie" from the always on-point Dr. Cornel West segues into the next tune, "Unity Dub" from the 1978 Augustus Pablo and Hugh Mundell album Africa Must Be Free By 1983 - Dub.
The humanist message of this tune, to me, resonates with the Sanders campaign's ideas of social justice and equality. 

Bim Sherman - Haunting Ground

The following tune is "Haunting Ground," an Adrian Sherwood produced track from Bim Sherman's 1986 LP, Haunting Ground.
That goes into the version, "Must Be Dreaming," performed by Dub Syndicate on their 1984 On-U Sound LP, Tunes From The Missing Channel.

Dub Syndicate -
Tunes From The Missing Channel

"Robin Hood" comes next off of Barrington Levy's 1980 LP, Robin Hood, on Henry "Junjo" LawesVolcano label, mixed by Scientist.
The version follows in the form of "Upper Cut" from the 1980 Scientist album, Heavyweight Dub Champion. 

In his years of service, Sanders has consistently stood up against big money in politics from Wall Street, bankers, corporate executives and any others who would try to maintain the status quo of plutocracy and domination of the needy to satisfy the greedy.

Scientist - Heavyweight Dub Champion

Black Uhuru - The Dub Factor

From the 1982 Black Uhuru LP, The Dub Factor, which was produced by Sly & Robbieis "Android Rebellion."

Time and time again, Sanders points to the ludicrous degree of income inequality and the fact that it is inexcusable for one of the wealthiest nations in the world's full-time workers aren't paid enough to survive.

The Clash - Black Market Clash

"Bank Robber" by The Clash is next, the Mikey Dread produced reggae-punk-rocker is on their 1980 10" compilation, Black Market Clash.

The New Age Steppers -
 New Age Steppers

Next, comes "High Ideals & Crazy Dreams" by New Age Steppers featuring Mark Stewart (The Pop Group), from their 1980 album, New Age Steppers. This one is a post-punk-reggae sufferers anthem from a collective responsible for some of my favorite "rebel music."

Congo Natty - Jungle Revolution

The unmistakeable voice of the Blast-Master KRS-One proclaims "Satan is a mental disease, and it's symptoms are hatred, jealousy, lack of self-respect and lack of discipline..." From the 2013 Big Dada LP, Jungle Revolution, the tune is called "Revolution," by Congo Natty.

DPZ - Turn Off That Radio /
We Need A Revolution

Following that is "We Need A Revolution" by dead prez, over a beat jacked from Aalyah's  2001, Timbaland produced, "We Need A Resolution." This is on the 2002 single Turn Off That Radio / We Need A Revolution.

Bob Marley - Dreams Of Freedom
(Ambient Mix Translations
Of Bob Marley In Dub)

Making elections publicly funded, overturning "Citizens United" and removing the influence and power of the extremely wealthy is a priority to Sanders and his policies reflect that he will demand accountability from the oligarchs who the vast majority of our politicians are beholden to.

Bob Marley "The Heathen (Dub)" in next, from the Bill Laswell produced 1997 LP, Dreams Of Freedom (Ambient Mix Translations Of Bob Marley In Dub).

Buju Banton - Politics Time Again

"Politics Time Again" follows, it's a 1996 dancehall hit single, Politics Time Again from Buju Banton on the label, Penthouse.

Bob Dylan - Jokerman

The tune after that is "Jokerman," from Bob Dylan's 1983 LP, Infidels, which teamed the folk icon up with reggae drum and bass duo, Sly & Robbie.

Rockers Almighty Dub

"Dunza Dub" is from the Brad Osbourne produced Clocktower Records 1979 release, Rockers Almighty Dub with Augustus Pablo, the vocals are Horace Andy. As the song goes... "Money is the root of all evil."

Roots Radics Band - Cuss Cuss

Next comes the classic dancehall riddim, "Cuss Cuss," this 1997 interpretation is by Roots Radics Band with N.Y. selector and producer, Bobby Konders, released on his label, Massive B. The Malcolm X quote, "There's no such thing as a non-violent revolution," might seem contradictory to the message of a political revolution, but the violence is engrained in our system, in the warfare, the militarized police forces and in the extremist lunatics that have easy access to firearms and are constantly being incited by fear / hate-mongering from politicians and pundits. Revolution is change, and those changes have to come one way or another...

Ringo - Working Class

Also on the Cuss Cuss riddim, "Working Class," from 1982's Channel One affiliate, Well-Charge 7" Working Class, by Ringo. This recording was from the 1998 Pressure Sounds compilation, When The Dances Were Changing: Hitbound Selection.

When The Dances Were Changing:
Hitbound Selection

Dennis Brown - Declaration Of Rights

Dennis Brown delivers his rendition of The Abyssinians  "Declaration Of Rights" on the Jaguar released Declaration Of Rights 7" single (year unknown).

Tappa Zukie - In Dub

The Tappa Zukie version, "Judgement Time," follows. It's from Tappa Zukie In Dub, originally released by Stars in 1976, this recording is from the 2014 Jamaican Recordings reissue.

Bob Marley & The Wailers -
Rastaman Vibration

The crucial Bob Marley & The Wailers tune, "War," is from 1976's Rastaman Vibration LP. The lyrics originated from Haile Selassie's 1963 Address To The United Nations, and indicate that we still have a long way to go working towards liberty and human rights for all.

In The Studio With The Special AKA

The poignant "Racist Friend," from the 1984 Two-Tone Records album, In The Studio With The Special AKA comes next, the message is pretty clear on this one.

P.I.L. - Album

Sarah Silverman offers a moving endorsement, although she would ultimately follow suit with the D.N.C. in 2016 and pull away from her support of Sanders, her words here still hold true.

Sounds provided by Public Image Ltd. with their Nelson Mandela inspired, "Rise," off of 1987's Album.

Barmy Army - The English Disease

"You can not have it All!" is the message to the billionaire class. The dub, "Stadium Rock," is from On-U Sound project, Barmy Army, off of their 1989 album, The English Disease.

The vocal version and dystopian look at the culmination of corporate greed, "Privatise The Air," is from Gary Clail & On-U Sound System's 1989 release, End Of The Century Party.

Gary Clail / On-U Sound System -
End Of The Century Party

Dub Syndicate - Stoned Immaculate

"Fight The Power" comes next, from the 1991 Dub Syndicate record, Stoned Immaculate.

Dennis Brown - Revolution

 Reggae royalty, Dennis Brown enters the mix once again with "Revolution," from his 1983 Taxi release, Revolution.

Bim Sherman -Matrix Dub

Another version, "Reaching Dub" is from the Bim Sherman, Century Records, Matrix Dub released in 1990. 

Tricky -
Evolution Revolution Love / Excess

Trip-Hop pioneer Tricky follows with "Evolution Revolution Love," from the 2001 single Evolution Revolution Love / Excess.

Pankow - Touch

Pankow's "Revolution" is from the Adrian Sherwood produced 1988 Touch 12" single.

Arrested Development comes up next with "Revolution," from the 1992 Revolution single.

Tackhead - For The Love Of Money

Tackhead are in the area with their remake of The O'Jays classic, "For The Love Of Money," which is the title track from their most recent album, 2014's For The Love Of Money.

No Sell Out - Malcolm X

The next tune is "Malcolm X (No Sell Out)" from Tackhead / Sugar Hill Gang Band drummer Keith LeBlanc on his 1984  Malcolm X (No Sell Out) 12" single.

Greater Than One - London

After that comes words from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech from 1963's March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom sampled by Greater Than One for "Now Is The Time," from their 1988 Wax Trax! Records album, London.

Bim Sherman & Strange Parcels -
More Is Insane

Bim Sherman & Strange Parcels' "More Is Insane" is off of the 1994 On-U Sound 10" More Is Insane.

Sedition Ensemble -
Regeneration Report

No-Wave project Sedition Ensemble comes next with "Regeneration Report," from the 1981 LP, Regeneration Report. This recording is from the 2012 Sol Re Sol Records reissue.

Giant Steps Volume 1

Dana Bryant appears with her version of the Gil Scott-Heron tune, "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," from the 1993 compilation, Giant Steps Volume 1.

The Pop Group - We Are All Prostitutes

Next, is "We Are All Prostitutes" by The Pop Group, frantic, political, jazz-punk originally released on the 1979 Rough Trade Records single, We Are All Prostitutes. This recording is from the 1980 compilation, Wanna Buy A Bridge? In the words of singer, Mark Stewart, "Capitalism is the most barbaric of all religions."

Wanna Buy A Bridge?
Gang Of Four - Another Day /
Another Dollar

The following selection is Gang Of Four's "To Hell With Poverty," off of their 1982 EP, Another Day / Another Dollar.

Mark Stewart -
Children Of The Revolution /
Nothing Is Sacred 

The last tune is from Mark Stewart vs The Bug, covering Marc Bolan's "Children Of The Revolution," released on the 2011 Future Noise 7" single, Children Of The Revolution / Nothing Is Sacred.

That concludes the mix... it's now 2019 and we're approaching another presidential election year. The stakes are even higher this time around so I continue to whole-heartedly endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for President of the United States.

Check back soon for the next Vinyl Encounters of the...Rewind! where I break down the next mix in the series, Themes Of Political Revolution 2.

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