Rock Against Bush Volume 2
Various artists, £8
THE BEST thing about this album isn’t the music—and I mean in no way to detract from a compilation that ranges from Green Day to Operation Ivy.
With 20 of the 28 tracks being rare or previously unreleased, you get a lot of music for your money.
And where else are you going to find the Foo Fighters on the same album as Flogging Molly (whose style falls somewhere between punk and Irish skiffle)?
This is definitely an album worth listening to.
But what makes it great are the reasons behind its production.
Put together by Fat Wreck Chords and PunkVoter.com, this album is a call to action.
PunkVoter is a coalition of punk bands, musicians, and record labels.
Its goal is to “educate, register and mobilise over 500,000 of today’s youth as one voice”.
“We plan to use this election as a way to get our fans engaged in politics and evolve our movement into becoming involved locally to affect real change nationally,” they say.
The album also comes with a DVD which contains six political shorts.
These include Independent Media in a Time of War, which sees Amy Goodman discussing the need for independent journalists to “go where the silence is”.
With clips from major US news channels and independent sources, it is a fascinating look at bias in the American media, as well as at how big business is consolidating its hold.
The disk also includes Unconstitutional, an hour-long documentary that examines how civil liberties have been chipped away since 9/11.
It looks at the increase in detentions, imprisonment and police infiltration—as well as those who have been fighting back.
The electoral system and our place within it is at the forefront of people’s minds at the moment, thanks to the success of Respect and the forthcoming general election.
This is not just a wicked little album—it is also a weapon in the fight against Bush and Blair.