Random Thought of the Day: Libertarian Music

I was wondering why libertarians aren’t better represented in music (with notable exception, Frank Zappa, now gone). I for one would love to hear a libertarian group rock out in a cross-genre sound that blended the gritty guitar riffs of Rage Against the Machine and the urban lyrical mastery of N.W.A.

Bonus points if they aren’t on The Advocates celebrity music list [Dr. Demento, Robbie Fulks, Paul Marshall (Strawberry Alarm Clock), Melanie, Mojo Nixon, Neil Peart (Rush), John Popper (Blues Traveler), Jimmie Vaughan, Johnny Walker (Soledad Bros.), Dwight Yoakam, Joe Young (ANTiSEEN)]

If you know of any pro-libertarian bands or specific songs, post them in the comments.

posted by vforvandyke
  • http://gondwanaland.com/mlog/ Mike Linksvayer

    Corporate Avenger is exactly what you want.

  • Stephen VanDyke

    I checked out CA’s site, but there’s no music to listen to, not even song clips.

    That’s kinda retarded if you’re a small band, just my $0.02 on that matter. I had to track down some clips at the VH1 site.

  • http://www.sarwark.org/writings/blog.html Mr. X

    I wrote a review of Corporate Avenger’s first release. I have both discs, if you’d like me to email you something.

    Yours truly,
    Mr. X

    …helpful…

  • Ryan

    I was going to reccomend Corporate Avenger. Especially the song “Taxes Are Stealing.” I know they used to have music clips on their site, but that was years ago. It is kind of stupid for them to remove them.

  • http://members.tripod.com/orionaut-ivil spike

    Devo’s 1980 release Freedom of Choice immediatgely springs to mind:

    A victim of collision on the open sea
    Nobody ever said that life was free
    Sank, swam, go down with the ship
    But use your freedom of choice

    I’ll say it again in the land of the free
    Use your freedom of choice
    Your freedom of choice

    In ancient rome there was a poem
    About a dog who found two bones
    He picked at one
    He licked the other
    He went in circles
    He dropped dead

    Freedom of choice
    Is what you got
    Freedom of choice!

    Then if you got it you don’t want it
    Seems to be the rule of thumb
    Don’t be tricked by what you see
    You got two ways to go

    I’ll say it again in the land of the free
    Use your freedom of choice
    Freedom of choice

    Freedom of choice
    Is what you got
    Freedom of choice!

    In ancient rome
    There was a poem
    About a dog
    Who found two bones
    He picked at one
    He licked the other
    He went in circles
    He dropped dead

    Freedom of choice
    Is what you got
    Freedom from choice
    Is what you want
    (repeat)

  • http://ulmann.blogspot.com Cal Ulmann

    ICE-T’s group Body Count comes to mind.

  • http://gondwanaland.com/mlog/ Mike Linksvayer

    Kramer of Bongwater and much more is apparently a libertarian and a freethinker, see http://web.archive.org/web/20041010201454/kramer.mightycheese.com/links.html

    Bongwater is one of my favorite bands ever, regardless of politics. There isn’t much explicit politics, but see escpecially the song “Pornography” (iirc) on “Double Bummer”.

  • http://chrisbennettfromillinois.blogspot.com Chris Bennett

    I think Sir Mix A Lot is a quasi-libertarian. He has two songs that come to mind “Take My Stash” which he deals with the IRS and “Hip Hop Soldier” which is a pro-gun song.

    I also think Chuck D from Public Enemy and KRS-1 from BDP also have libertarian-leaning songs as well.

    Bob Seger’s song “I’m Not A Number” make qualify as a Libertarian-type song also

  • http://www.kramershimmy.com KRAMER

    That’s right.

    But my new website URL is http://www.kramershimmy.com

  • http://www.DownsizeDC.org/ Alex Peak

    The lead singer of Green Day is registered Libertarian.

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  • http://www.freeme.org Keith

    You can here lots of CA’s songs on myspace.com See the below links,
    http://www.myspace.com/tribalavenger
    http://www.myspace.com/corporateavenger1
    http://www.myspace.com/corporateavenger911
    http://www.myspace.com/corporateavengerband

    Also, they do not care if you DL their music online. Limewire works great :)

  • JS

    Much of Warren Zevon’s writing showed a very healthy disregard for centralized power. You can make the same case for much of Pete Townshend’s music. To wit, Won’t Get Fooled Again is about as clear a call to be left alone as one is liable to find.

  • Aaron Childs

    My band, 31 Seconds, here in Michgian are libertarians. I wrote a tune that’s sort of libertarain-ish called “Nothing At All”
    You could check us out on the web, but we suck and don’t have a website yet.

    A.C.
    bassist, 31 Seconds
    host, Free Radio Jackson
    http://www.live365.com/stations/aaronchilds