30 Day Music Challenge: Day 24

A song by a band you wish was still together.

I spent some time thinking about this. My first thought was “Blood and Roses” by The Smithereens…but they’re still together. So I guess I should be happy about that, but perhaps it just means that I really don’t care about them if they’re together as much as I did when I thought they had broken up. Which should cast doubt on anything I subsequently pick today: If I can pick a Smithereens song because I thought they were broken up, it means I wish they were still together, presumably because I miss their stuff…only to realize they’re still around, so I don’t really miss it as much as I thought.

So, I went back to a band I KNOW is long gone. The band I’m going with was essentially engineered into life, but unlike so many created bands, they changed everything. Malcolm McLaren, a visionary in his own right, saw the oncoming Punk scene, and harnessed it. Punk as a movement began as a rejection of the establishment at a time that (here in the US) the establishment represented involvement in Vietnam and Watergate. It was the rejection of the mainstream and glam rock. I suppose it was perfectly predictable that a band built on such anti-social principles would implode, but it would have been interesting to see just how the Sex Pistols would have evolved, how they would have behaved: would they continue to reject the establishment or would they become the establishment, like Green Day?

My pick is “Anarchy In The UK,” a song I to this day will blare while driving, only these days I’m driving a late model Swedish sedan…kind of a perfect exemplar of the reason you can’t remain anti-establishment for very long.

Wisdom of Crowds picks:

Bohemian Rhapsody” Queen

Love Ballad” LTD

Voodoo Child” Stevie Ray Vaughn

People of the Sun” Rage Against the Machine

“And I love her”  The Beatles

In The Evening” Led Zeppelin

 The Old Apartment” Barenaked Ladies

Queen Of The Reich” Queensryche

Brothers in Arms” Dire Straits

Songbird” Fleetwood Mac

Planetary (GO!)” My Chemical Romance

 

 

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