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Heartland - The The

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Heartland - The The

For this year's Record Store Day, Matt Johnson has released his first new material for 15 years – a one-sided 7" single called We Can’t Stop What’s Coming. In fact, as he reveals in the new documentary The Inertia Variations - a film essay that uses Johnson's experience to investigate the notion of creative stagnation resulting from anxiety - it's the first time he's written a song or even sung one in a very, very long time.

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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised - Gil Scott-Heron

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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised - Gil Scott-Heron

Often credited as one of the godfathers of rap music, Gil Scott-Heron didn't set out to be a singer-songwriter. He started his career as a youngster writing poetry but a cult legend was born when jazz producer Bob Thiele - recognising the raw charisma of Scott-Heron's vocal delivery - set Scott-Heron's poetry to music for the first time. These early recordings included The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, a scything indictment of white America's blind ignorance of racial issues.

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Erupt and Matter - Moby with The Void Pacific Choir

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Erupt and Matter - Moby with The Void Pacific Choir

Moby despises Donald Trump and everything he stands for. If you've watched the video for Erupt and Matter, you'll know that, even if you don't follow the veteran DJ and activist on social media. The sheer venom and anthemic roar of the music would be enough to tell you how he feels, even if the words weren't written in letters that fill the screen. This is a pounding techno incitement to riot under the banner "we don't trust you any more".

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Fighting Times - The Neurotics

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Fighting Times - The Neurotics

When Neurotics frontman Steve Drewett wrote this song for the 1986 mini-album Repercussions, its chief target was the South African apartheid regime and thankfully that has long since been overturned. But every other point of reference in this rallying cry against inaction sounds depressingly contemporary. "Why are you so quiet?" Drewett asks in the chorus, "when these are fighting times?"

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P.O.W.A - M.I.A.

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P.O.W.A - M.I.A.

"Say this is people power / Throw up my finger and I'm taking on the Tower". Taking pot shots at The Donald is all fine and good but it is so much better when it's done by a daring, eclectic, unpredictable original like Ms Maya Arulpragasam. An activist and a true artist of rap, MIA's POWA is a unique mix of doo-wop loops, laid-back, bitter rhymes and Tamil folk percussion.

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Fight the Power - Public Enemy

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Fight the Power - Public Enemy

If you've ever seen Spike Lee's extraordinary 1989 comedy drama Do The Right Thing, then you'll never forget the scene where Italian-American pizzeria owner Sal (Danny Aiello) squares off with Radio Raheem (Bill Nunn) as Fight the Power blares out of his boombox, lyrically laying down the gauntlet, drawing a line at which Sal's racism has to stop and, as it turns out, laying his life on that same line.

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Goodnight America - Until the Ribbon Breaks

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Goodnight America - Until the Ribbon Breaks

As immigrants living in the USA, British trio Until the Ribbon Breaks released this anthem during the US presidential campaigns in 2016, insisting that it's "pro-America", but clearly frustrated with a nation that is "sucking on its thumb" with its refrain of "goodnight goodnight goodnight" as the electorate drifted off to sleep when it most needed be awake, on the brink of doom.

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