With ‘Countdown To Extinction,’ Dave Mustaine put politics front and center of Megadeth’s work, tackling both the Gulf War and the conflict in his own psyche.
Many misunderstood political songs have been taken to be calls to rebellion or patriotic chest-beaters – a far cry from the artists’ original intentions.
Seeking to rid music of offensive content, Tipper Gore’s Parents Music Resource Center used the Filthy Fifteen to bring their cause to the Senate.
Were the censors right? These banned songs caused controversy at the time, but they ultimately beat the authorities, earning their place in music history.
Hip-hop has always been politically charged, but with racial and social divisions becoming ever more fractured, conscious hip-hop is making a return.
Penning songs such as ‘Gimme Some Truth’, John Lennon radicalised his music and became one of the most politically engaged musicians in history.
Unafraid to tackle the big subjects, artists like Curtis Mayfield and Kendrick Lamar are as brave in their music as they are in their politics.