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Musicians & tQ Writers On Anti-Fascist Anthems
Luke Turner , October 4th, 2016 08:32

Featuring contributions from Ben Durutti, Penny Rimbaud, Bobby Barry, Jeremy Allen, Ben Myers, Kevin McCaighy, Stewart Smith, Neil Cooper, Matt Evans, Tony F Wilson, Leo Chadburn, Emily Mackay, David Bennun, Phil Harrison, Arnold De Boer, Joel McIver, Russell Cuzner, Jeremy Bolm, John Doran, TV Smith, James Sherry, Jonathan Meades, Tristan Bath, JR Moores, Julian Marszalek, Captain Sensible, Andy Moor, Christine Casey, Nic Bullen and Stewart Lee

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The Beatles - ‘Love Is All You Need’

George Orwell once wrote that the word fascism was almost entirely meaningless, adding that almost any English person would accept ‘bully’ as a synonym for it. So, ruling out the cant of democracy, what is fascism? Brexit nationalists? International sweatshop capitalists? War-mongering militarists serving power-hungry politicians, or the quite rightfully pissed off white working class youths who know no more about fascism than I do, but revel in the added kudos that it might give to their anger? Right wing? Left wing? Was Stalin any less a fascist than Hitler or, come to that, Winston Churchill? Fascism is meaningless because it’s so completely indefinable, so where does the ‘anti’ come into the equation? The only ‘anti-fascist’ song that makes any sense to me is the Beatles’ ‘Love Is All You Need’, because, quite simply, it’s true. If we want to see an end to personal and global conflict, then love is the only real answer.
Penny Rimbaud


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Parthena Noula Mouratidis
Jun 28, 2016 9:25am

Woody Guthrie - All You Fascists Bound to Lose; The Clash - I Fought the Law; Leonard Cohen - First we take Manhatten.....

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Xiao Pignouf
Jun 28, 2016 9:36am

Hello, I do really love your website. You are indeed to me the best music adviser around. It's the second article i read after the Brexit vote and I'm kind of surprised about your opinions which I thought would more balanced when it comes to such a political matter. But to me it's not very fair to systematically associate the result of this vote to racism and fascism. In fact, it oversimplifies/caricatures the people who have voted in favor of Brexit. As i read somewhere that racist/nationalist/anti-immigration voters represent only 12% of the total "Leave" voters... I'm French, and the opposite of racist, but I don't want this EU anymore, for many reasons I cannot list here but i can sum up like that = what about being more fucking social & human ? May we French people follow your steps, to rebuild EU maybe. And please, give me one single name of an English prime minister since EU exists who was not a hypocrit and a liar protected/flattered by Bruxelles (and Washington of course)

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George W
Jun 28, 2016 11:25am

That this piece wishes to be taken seriously yet posits redundant old social media right at the start? The 'F' word.

The pernicious free resource beloved of bigots, fatties egotists and active, fervent musichaters the world over?

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Ash
Jun 28, 2016 12:42pm

Gang of Four - Entertainment, all of it!

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Conner
Jun 28, 2016 1:29pm

'Don't Back the Front' by the Desperate Bicycles encourages creative expression and liberation from narrow-mindedness, all the while reminding us how simple all this can be, with righteous lo-fi production

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Conner
Jun 28, 2016 1:30pm

'Don't Back the Front' by the Desperate Bicycles encourages creative expression and liberation from narrow-mindedness, all the while reminding us how simple all this can be, with righteous lo-fi production

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Barry Fentiman Hall
Jun 28, 2016 1:43pm

The Day The Nazi Died by those Chumbapeople

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Barry Fentiman Hall
Jun 28, 2016 1:47pm

In reply to Xiao Pignouf:

What I took from this is that the writers have observed that racists have become emboldened by the referendum. There is plenty of evidence of this already. Oh, and Harold Wilson by the way.

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freetofu
Jun 28, 2016 1:58pm

Wow, look at all the italics!

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freetofu
Jun 28, 2016 2:00pm

Oops, sorry, that was a comment on the Linton Kwesi Johnson – ‘Fite Dem Back’ page.

Wow, look at all the italics!

Thought someone might fix it if given a heads up.

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freetofu
Jun 28, 2016 2:00pm

Oops, sorry, that was a comment on the Linton Kwesi Johnson – ‘Fite Dem Back’ page.

Wow, look at all the italics!

Thought someone might fix it if given a heads up.

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Jun 28, 2016 2:23pm

I hope whoever put Michel Sardou on there did so as a joke (he's famous here in France for being almost national front and for writing a song about how great the colonies were with a chorus in pidgin French)

put Death to fascism by Radio dept up there instead

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Julian Bond
Jun 28, 2016 2:48pm

Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4ZyuULy9zs

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Julian Bond
Jun 28, 2016 2:49pm

Is it time for "Skateboarders Against The Nazis" again?

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Leisegang Fantomat
Jun 28, 2016 2:52pm

The Bug & Flowdan - Dirty

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Nuno Mendonca
Jun 28, 2016 3:43pm

Ich Bin Ein Auslander - Pop Will Eat Itself

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John Doran
Jun 28, 2016 5:03pm

In reply to George W:

Nothing beats getting pissed at lunch time does it?

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F Again
Jun 28, 2016 6:00pm

Left out: Pretty much all Minutemen- how is that?

Also, a tune that still chills almost 40 years hence: "Night Rally".

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Steve Shafer
Jun 28, 2016 7:52pm

This is a great feature! Thanks!

One correction should be made to the Special AKA "Nelson Mandela" entry. Jerry Dammers didn't write "The Boiler," The Bodysnatchers--which included Rhoda Dakar--did (in fact, it was their first composition).

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RB
Jun 28, 2016 9:05pm

Totally right about 'All you need is love'. Have been listening to it on repeat since Friday...

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C Turner
Jun 28, 2016 9:22pm

Ghost of Oswald Mosely by Quiet Loner and No Passaran by Joe Solo.

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Lothrap Stoddard Jr.
Jun 28, 2016 10:36pm

The Kinks- Black Messiah.

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Bitheadz
Jun 28, 2016 11:42pm

Marlene Dietrich - Where Have All The Flowers Gone

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Mr K
Jun 29, 2016 8:30am

The record that still gets me going after all these years is TRB's "Power In The Darkness" album. I am old - got it the year it came out and I still love it's naive righteous fury. Sure they were more high quality pub-rock than punk, but they were tight and they were angry. "Up Against the Wall", "Ain't Gonna Take It", "Better Decide Which Side You're On" and the incendiary title track could all make this list. Dated and yet timeless.

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John Doran
Jun 29, 2016 8:34am

In reply to F Again:

Except we didn't. Andy Moore of The Ex chose Fascist by Minutemen. Tsch.

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Mr K
Jun 29, 2016 9:22am

Also, very rude of me to forget to say thanks for compiling this list - I've enjoyed revisiting the likes of Blaggers, Steel Pulse, LKJ and the Kennedys again. I have to say that whilst I love the Manics, "If You Tolerate This..." is a dreadful dirge. Perhaps an alternative could be "The Masses Against The Classes". Anyway, thanks again.

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Horst
Jun 29, 2016 3:56pm

Michel Sardou was and is still a fascist.

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F Again
Jun 29, 2016 8:36pm

In reply to John Doran:

Oh, stop. With all due respect to the quality of your work, swept into the Honorable Mention bin is hardly tsch-worthy, Mr. Doran, especially given two versions of 'Nazi Punks Fuck Off'.

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Sophie Nussle
Jun 30, 2016 12:05am

So many...

Victor Jara - Plegaria a un Labrador

Mercedes Sosa - La Maza

Bob Marley and the Wailers - Buffalo Soldier

Georges Brassens - Chanson pour l'Auvergnat

Immortal Technique - The Point of No Return

Kate Bush - Army Dreamers (that one makes me cry whenever I hear it).

Leonard Cohen - Democracy

and the original song of the maquis in Nazi-occupied France: Anna Marly - Le Chant des Partisans. 'Friend, if you fall, a friend will rise out of the shadows in your place'.

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Steve Shafer
Jun 30, 2016 2:04pm

The NY Citizens--a great late 80s/early 90s ska band from NYC--had a great anti-fascist song (from their "On the Move" LP) called "The National Front," with the lyric, "The National Front/You ain't nothing!/Beat it!"

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Eduardo
Jun 30, 2016 2:26pm

You know for someone with the last name Durruti, I'm a bit disappointed in Ben.

"Fascism is not to be debated, it is to be smashed."

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Eduardo
Jun 30, 2016 2:29pm

In reply to Eduardo:

As for my favorite anti-fash/Nazi music:
Aus-Rotten - Fuck Nazi Sympathy
Sin Dios - Alerta Antifascista

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badgerfodder
Jun 30, 2016 9:53pm

Skunk Anansie: Little Baby Swastikkka

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hans kristiaan
Jul 1, 2016 1:00pm

Daniel Kahn & The painted bird - Embrace the Fascists

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Stu
Jul 2, 2016 9:22am

Sacrifice by Melvins https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UjhEo0MWDJU

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Jul 4, 2016 12:47pm

Ghosts of Cable Street, Men They Couldn't Hang.
Here's a link to make it easy for you
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzKv5gjOzTA

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Trevor P
Oct 4, 2016 10:10pm

Heaven 17's 'We Don't Need No Fascist Groove Thing' always stirs up the 'Anti' in me. But here is Red Eye's contender
http://www.red-eye.org.uk/Little_England.html

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Michael Collins
Oct 6, 2016 10:25pm

Music can send a message and give a strength to the oppressed; via a knowledge that support and understanding exists outside their immediate environment. The world is not as narrow as it once seemed, there are others like you, and others not like you who support your struggle. Hope and belonging. Music contains a power to subvert, undetected, and this is why it must be destroyed :p x

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craig
Oct 8, 2016 3:30pm

From an Aussie, it isn't exactly anti-fascist but Mathas track "Nourishment" speaks volumes about fascist policy making and its lasting effects. A young Nyoongar rapper with massive lyrical potential. An absolutely brilliant track that deserves more than local national attention, which it has received.

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Matt
Oct 13, 2016 4:59pm

Bob Marley - "Crazy Baldheads"

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Trevor Goodchild
Dec 30, 2016 11:46am

Die Ärzte - Schrei nach Liebe

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