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Scottish Independence – why’s nobody singing about it ?

May 26, 2012

markmckinlay

So, the starting gun was officially fired on the race for independence today as the ‘Yes’ crusaders launched their campaign. Amidst all the mudslinging and posturing that has already taken place there has been a deathly silence on the issue amongst musicians.

Both Scottish and British bands have held the idea at arms length, whether deliberately or through ignorance. There is something distinctly depressing about the fact that Runrig and Mel Gibson still remain the most influential cultural figures on the subject. Music is forever trying to hold itself up as the art form that reflects life so why the silence ?

The reasons appear depressing. Perhaps musicians no longer care. Whilst The Specials sung of racism and violence and The Smiths channelled a very British kind of dysphoria now we have Jesse J singing about price tags and Scouting For Girls serenading beautiful girls. In the 80s we even…

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