The Political Studies Association (PSA) recently did a 20 most political songs feature. I heard an interview about it on Radio 4 and smiled
With my Development Studies Association (DSA) hat on, I got thinking about international development songs. I restricted myself to songs I have.
Interestingly only 2 or 3 overlap with the PSA list (which I reviewed after compiling my list). I don't think that says anything about interdisciplinarity!
These are mine (not the DSA's) in no particular order.
1. Something Better Change -- The Stranglers. The voice of pent up frustration, often the herald of change.
2. Human Behaviour -- Bjork. As economists increasingly realise, this is not always rational.
3. Go Your Own Way -- Fleetwood Mac. In solidarity with those who refuse to mindlessly follow other people's development blueprints.
4. Everyday People--Sly and the Family Stone. People's movements force change.
5. Fight the Power -- Public Enemy. Enough said.
6. Independent Women -- Destiny's Child. "I depend on me". Love it.
7. Know Your Rights -- The Clash. And act on them.
8. Things Have Changed - Bob Dylan. Post financial crisis, yes they have See IDS' Reimagining Development initiative.
9. Changes -- David Bowie. "Turn and face the strain" of increasing uncertainty.
10. Power in the Darkness -- Tom Robinson. We're talking about freedom.
11. Stormy Weather -- Lena Horne. It's hard to find songs about climate change, part 1.
12. Hard Rain -- Shout Out Louds. It's hard to find songs about climate change, part 2.
13. Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime -- The Korgis. Something we in the development community are not so good at.
14. All Around the World -- The Jam. "All around the world I've been looking for new". Co-construction of knowledge anyone?.
15. Oliver's Army -- Elvis Costello. For the ANC leader.
16. Big Yellow Taxi -- Joni Mitchell. "Pave paradise" indeed.
17. American Idiot -- Green Day. "Don't want to live in a nation that doesn't do medium". I love this rant against extremism for its own sake.
18. We Share our Mother's Health -- The Knife. I couldn't resist a reference to nutrition.
19. Five Years Time -- Noah and the Whale. OK, it's also hard to find a song about the MDGs.
20. Bird Flu - MIA. Chilling, in many ways.
Got some of your own songs to uncover? Share them in the comment space.