Positive Dissent

Shawn Harris - The Matches
I was just saying on Facebook that I’m a huge fan of music about social & political dissent disguised as positive / happy music. I love the idea of people who don’t really pay attention to lyrics enjoying an upbeat song and not realizing it’s possibly counter to their beliefs. This happened a lot in high school. My very fiscally and social conservative friends would listen to a rocking song and ignore the fact that it’s about gay rights, socialism, anti-war, anti-wealth, anti-them.

Most recently from a Belle & Sebastian song, Dress Up in You:

Blow up in the face of my rivals
I swear and I rant, I make quite an arrival
The men are surprised by the language
They act so discreet, they are hypocrites so fuck them too!

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