Following on from recent lists delving into Beat music, I thought I’d look at one band The Animals or Eric Burdon and the Animals. Burdon was from Newcastle upon Tyne, where the band started. They moved to London in 1964. The Animals performed mostly R&B, rock and blues in later year’s psychedelia. The band was also a part of the British invasion of the mid sixties.
In the early days they’d cover versions of other bands mostly American blues. Like many of the bands of the sixties they broke up in 1968. They reformed in 1975-76 and again in 1983 when Burdon left the band for good.
The Animals reformed yet again in 1992 and a still performing. This list looks a songs written by Burdon and the bands have written in the 1960’s, except for the last which was the single release from their album Love Is after the band broke up for the first time.
The Story of Bo Diddley – The Animals
For Miss Caulker – The Animals
You’re on my mind – The Animals
I’m crying – The Animals
She’ll Return it – The Animals
Good times – Eric Burdon and the Animals
When I was young – Eric Burdon and the Animals
Monterey – Eric Burdon and the Animals
San Franciscan Nights – Eric Burdon and the Animals
None of these songs are new, many have appeared on lists I’ve prepared in the past. All are protest songs, speaking of race, bigotry, abuse, struggle, identity, heavy handedness to criminality of those who should be upholding the law.
Nothing changes, nothing changes overseas nothing changes here, were we have the forces of conservative extremism who ensure that nothing changes. Is it right that a young policeman face slams a lippy 17 year old to the footpath and a police commissioner say the young bloke was just having a bad day ?
It’s not right that authorities ignore the protests of those who say they can’t breathe who then die and not be held accountable for their actions. Is it right that our First Nations people are over represented in our Prison system for things white people wouldn’t be held in prison for ?
It’s a bizarre world where a US President will incite violence against his own people or to use tear gas against peaceful protestors so he can walk to a church and hold up a bible, a book he has not read and has no idea of its content, an action repugnant to anyone of faith.
Is it OK that he thinks civil war is the way forward ?
The more the world goes forward the more it stays the same.
Rubber bullets – 10CC
O-o-h child – The Five Stairsteps
A change is gonna come – Sam Cooke
Young gifted and black – Nina Simone
Wake up everybody – Howard Melvin and the Bluenotes
Solid Rock – Goanna
Beds are burning – Midnight Oil
The Dead heart – Midnight Oil
Tribal Voice- Yothu Yindi
Down city streets – Archie Roach
Thou shall not steal – Kev Carmody
Killing in the name – Rage against the machine
The revolution will not be televised – Gil Scott Heron