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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Freedom - Rival

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Freedom - Rival

Generations before us have laid down their lives to protect it and now we're giving it away in return for "likes". Freedom is an essential ingredient of justice and democracy, but those of us lucky enough to live in a free country risk squandering it in return for free access to social media. In their gently funky blues song Freedom, Montreal rock band Rival remind us to be alert to the danger: "How could we ever have a right to complain / when we're the ones that said it's okay / to take our freedom away?"

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Pride (In the Name of Love) by U2

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Pride (In the Name of Love) by U2

If a shot did ring out in the Memphis sky early on the morning of April 4th 1968, it wasn't because Martin Luther King Jr was being shot dead – that didn't happen until past 6pm. There are those who would forgive Bono for his slapdash recollection of one of the saddest days in the history of civil rights (he was, after all, only seven years old at the time)...

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Running the World - Jarvis Cocker

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Running the World - Jarvis Cocker

In the summer of 2006, little had been heard from Jarvis Cocker in a while. After more than 20 years as Pulp frontman, he was dropped by Island Records following the release of Pulp's final album We Love Life in 2001. He had dabbled, almost anonymously, as half of a very low-key indie duo going under the name Relaxed Muscle, but the project had petered out after releasing an album in 2003. So when Running the World came along it ought to have been a big event in the music calendar...

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Walls Come Tumbling Down - The Style Council

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Walls Come Tumbling Down - The Style Council

Former Jam frontman and "Modfather" Paul Weller was determined that The Style Council's 1985 UK Top Ten hit Walls Come Tumbling Down should be a "balls-out soul tune" from the Motown mould and so you could be forgiven for failing to notice at first that this hip-swaying Eighties pop hit is a red-blooded, revolutionary protest song with the very positive and provocative refrain of "Governments crack and systems fall / 'Cause unity is powerful / Lights go out, walls come tumbling down"...

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Mother - Idles

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Mother - Idles

Listening to this furious, caustic, industrial NSFW anthem is like witnessing the nervous breakdown of the British underclass crushed under the boot of an uncaring state. But amongst the confused ramblings that take in escalating working hours, sexual violence, social inequality and media sedation, there's an embittered clarity - a message for a jaded generation sick of the machinations of politicians in their ivory towers...

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