Spy vs Spy band.
Spy vs Spy band. DEAN GRANT

Opinion: We need more political songs

SPY vs Spy, also known as v. Spy v. Spy, The Drug Grannies and The Spies, are an Australian ska/pub rock band from Sydney formed in 1981.

They became known for tackling political issues through their music, including racism, homelessness and contemporary drug culture.

These days, when most of the political commentary (what is worth listening to) comes from comedians, maybe it's time musicians have their say on national issues again through their music. And while Melbourne rapper Seth Sentry is performing in Brunswick Heads this weekend as part of his 1969 Campaign Trail tour, not many artists are currently tapping into the current Australian political landscape.

Why? Is it because it's boring? Is it because musicians don't know much about politics?

We need more songs like Spy v Spy's Sallie-Anne (1986), Cold Chisel's Khe Sahn (1978), Warumpi Band's Blackfella/Whitefella (1985), Yothu Yindi's Treaty (1991), Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody's From Little Things Big Things Grow (1991), just to name a few.

  • Spy vs Spy will be performing at the Ballina RSL Club on July 29.

 


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