And so being young and dipped in folly, I fell in love with melancholy

Δευτέρα, 3 Ιανουαρίου 2011

Guns of Brixton, 1981-2011

Sometimes a song hides a story behind it, a very strong one, that after all these years is still vivid.

"Guns of Brixton", for instance talks about Brixton, which was an area enduring severe social & economic problems (reminds you something familiar?), like high unemployment, low wages, poor housing. All these contributed to a higher than average crime rate.
Paul Simonon, from Clash, grew up there. He wanted to say to the rest of the world about this very rough area. Unconsciously, he pre-dated the race riots that took place in the 1980s. This song talks about the mistreatment of people in Brixton by police, which led to riots, known as "the bloody Saturday".

It would be a blasphemy for the citizens of Brixton, if someone would try to cover this riot anthem, let alone if he comes from another country, from Canada for instance.
Apart this you want to sing it to the the foyer of Brixton Academy!
Obviously you are totally crazy if you think that they will let, let alone, to praise you...

or, you are extremely talented. a pure genius!

p.s 1: "Crazy people who are productive are geniuses. Crazy people who are rich are eccentric. Crazy people who are neither productive nor rich are just plain crazy. Geniuses and crazy people are both out in the middle of a deep ocean; geniuses swim, crazy people drown. Most of us are sitting safely on the shore. Take a chance and get your feet wet." 

p.s. 2: they did it again. they are crazy indeed, but they can certainly swim...

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