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Protest music of the Bush era - Lindsay Ellis

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    SOAD's drummer John Dolmayan being a Trump supporter is especially ironic considering his brother-in-law and fellow band member Serj Tankian has always been pretty outspoken in support of social...

    SOAD's drummer John Dolmayan being a Trump supporter is especially ironic considering his brother-in-law and fellow band member Serj Tankian has always been pretty outspoken in support of social justice causes.

    I don't really agree with SOAD not being protest music though, they've very often featured social themes in their songs. I'm not sure I agree they were very different from Green Day in that respect, safe maybe not having as massive a mainstream appeal.

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    American Idiot is certainly emblematic of the time, but I don't really think about it as a protest album rather than being focused on disillusionment. The songs weren't really focused on calls to...

    American Idiot is certainly emblematic of the time, but I don't really think about it as a protest album rather than being focused on disillusionment. The songs weren't really focused on calls to action (admittedly not actually required for protest songs), and the lyrics seemed to be more along the lines of "this is the world as it is at this point in time". And as such it made sense that the other songs Ellis mentioned afterwords would be very defeatist in nature.

    Nobody is going to listen to an anti-war song when the majority of people are looking for "enemies" to "put a boot in their ass". The Dixie Chicks were the ultimate example.

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      If there's any kind of overall Zeitgeist feeling I remember from the 2000s it's that kind of "I guess this is how it is now" feeling, and Green Day probably captured that pretty well in a way that...

      If there's any kind of overall Zeitgeist feeling I remember from the 2000s it's that kind of "I guess this is how it is now" feeling, and Green Day probably captured that pretty well in a way that didn't actually require anyone to do anything about it.

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