Friday, October 19, 2012

Pump It Up: 10 Songs About Concerts to Inspire a Second Wind for CMJ

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 4:40 PM

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8. The Clash, "(White Man) In Hammersmiths Palais"
This song is as much about a disappointing reggae showcase Strummer attended in London as it is about the decline of the British punk rock scene in the late 1970s (The new groups are not concerned/With what there is to be learned/They got Burton suits, ha you think it's funny/Turning rebellion into money), but Strummer ends with an important thought. I'm only looking for fun, he says. As much as we like to wax poetic on the spiritual implications of live music, the bottom line is that concerts are really just supposed to be fun. Are they more fun than spending Friday night alone with your cats, catching up on Gossip Girl and polishing off those dark chocolate peanut butter cups from Trader Joes? Maybe not, but they're fun enough dammit.

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