"And if there's any hope for America, it lies in a revolution, and if there's any hope for a revolution in America, it lies in getting Elvis Presley to become Che Guevara."-- Phil Ochs
With that in mind, Phil Ochs did a series of shows in 1970 with a gold lame Elvis suit from Nudie's Rodeo Tailors, where he mixed his protest songs with Americana songs-- Buddy Holly, Merle Haggard and others. He was widely panned. When U2 did nearly the same thing 20 years later (including the suit), they were hailed as genuises. Phil was way before his time.
I think that the Clash were the nearest we ever came to Elvis-meets-Che.
1. Know Your Rights- The Clash
2. Mountains of Burma- Midnight Oil
3. Pre-road Downs- Crosby, Stills and Nash
4. Out in the Street- Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band
5. Knock, Knock—The Humane Society (from the “Nuggets” collection)
6. It Keeps You Running—The Doobie Brothers
7. I’d Run Away—The Jayhawks
8. Here’s to the State of Mississippi- Phil Ochs
9. The Price You Pay—Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band
10. No Deal—Townes Van Zandt
How is it that I have nearly 5,000 songs in my itunes, and inevitably two songs from the same album end up in my Random 10? And how is it that a good third of my tunes are Punk and New Wave, yet they almost never show up on my list? Why are they so shy?