Resister - She Drew The Gun

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Resister - She Drew The Gun

No matter how insignificant and powerless you might feel, you can make a difference. That's the message of Resister, which starts with an insistent 150 BPM loop and is quickly joined by a torrent of challenging ideas that don't let up for 2 minutes 53 seconds of uplifting, infectious, political indie pop aimed squarely at motivating "the underdogs, black sheep [and] fighters of the powers that be"…

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Tear The Fascists Down - Woody Guthrie

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Tear The Fascists Down - Woody Guthrie

Woodrow Wilson Guthrie's folk songs chronicled the plight of American people during the Great Depression. With his debut album, Dust Bowl Ballads - considered retrospectively to be the first ever concept album - he became one of the nation's leading spokesmen for labour rights; he was an anti-fascist, anti-racist iconoclast determined to debunk the myth of the American Dream…

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Samaritans - IDLES

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Samaritans - IDLES

The pernicious effect of keeping silent when you ought to be screaming and sobbing is explored in Samaritans, the latest track from IDLES, from forthcoming album Joy as an Act of Resistance. But this article isn't exactly about IDLES, the intense alternative five-piece from South-West England. Instead, it’s about a group of their fans who, in the last year, have changed each other's lives and restored their faith in humanity. And if their motto, "All is Love", means something to you, they would like you to join them.

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Haters - Dead Agents

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Haters - Dead Agents

Black Country alternative rock band Dead Agents remind you to stand up and fight for what you believe in in this pounding revolutionary anthem from the West Midlands of England. With the pop sensibilities of Kasabian and the gruff gravitas of Killing Joke's Jaz Coleman, Haters urges you not to tolerate the intolerable one moment longer. "Give it up, give it up keep waging war," sings frontman David James Foster insistently. "Suck it up and make the haters hate you more"…

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The Kids are Alt-Right - Bad Religion

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The Kids are Alt-Right - Bad Religion

Legendary Californian hardcore punks Bad Religion enter the Trump era with their first new material since 2013's True North album, a mosh-friendly 150 second burst of upbeat agit-pop, speeding up the riff from London's Burning by The Clash, with sneaky references to the Solomon Burke soul classic Everybody Needs Somebody and of course the Who's mod anthem The Kids Are Alright.

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Call Me Baby - Charlotte Morris

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Call Me Baby - Charlotte Morris

Enough is enough. This anthem for the Time's Up generation draws on a lifetime of catcalls and vulgar remarks from men who treat women like sexual objects. And this is the moment when one woman can't take any more. "I'm a strong resilient woman who knows how to kick your ass in," warns New York singer-songwriter Charlotte Morris. "So call me baby one more time and then we'll see who's walking away laughing"…

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Hot Topic - Le Tigre

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Hot Topic - Le Tigre

This long-lost end-of-the-century dance track is nothing less than a reading list of feminist and LGBT cultural and counter-cultural icons. A chorus of female voices chants noteworthy names to a hypnotic beat and the message to those who were still living at that time was clear and unequivocal: "Don't you stop / I can't live if you stop".

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Read My Rights - Mike Frazier

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Read My Rights - Mike Frazier

When you think of the archetypal protest singer, the image that comes to mind is probably a weary, earnest, lank-haired folk troubadour gently strumming a battered acoustic guitar with all the energetic tempo of your geography teacher on a Monday morning. But along comes Mike Frazier to wipe the slate clean with a take-no-crap four-to-the-floor protest song powered by the Energizer Bunny with Tony the Tiger on lead guitar.

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Smalltown Boy - Bronski Beat

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Smalltown Boy - Bronski Beat

Rejected by your family and community, your life becomes so unbearable that you would rather give up everything and run than spend another day amongst people who despise you for being who you are. That's the story behind Smalltown Boy, a UK No.3 hit single in 1984, with an accompanying video that spelled out unflinchingly the emotional agony and physical danger of being one of society's outcasts in an age of intolerance.

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