Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Welcome to, and Rage Against, the Machine

From Reuters:

Former Pink Floyd mainman Roger Waters released two new songs, both inspired by the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq sites), via online download outlets Tuesday.

"To Kill The Child" and "Leaving Beirut" have been available for streaming on Waters' official website since Friday. They are now on sale at through iTunes, SonyConnect, Napster, Walmart.com and other digital stores.

Waters said he began work on the tunes "immediately after the invasion of Iraq." In "To Kill the Child," he targets a litany of corporations, while "Leaving Beirut" takes aim at both President Bush and U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair.

It has been more than a decade since Waters' last solo album of original material, 1992's Columbia set "Amused To Death." In 2002, he contributed a demo of "Flickering Flame" and a cover of Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" to the internationally released compilation of his post-Floyd career, "Flickering Flame: The Solo Years, Vol. 1."
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I always have enjoyed the Rage Against the Machine model of protest (making millions of dollars selling a product peddled by a huge corporation). Apparently, Roger Waters does too. I wonder if Wal-Mart or Sony are included in the "litany of corporations"?

2 comments:

Jim Donahue said...

Did you hear that "The Wall" will become a Broadway musical?

Bleh .

Jason Hartley said...

Yes, I've heard that. Musicals are the big thing in the advanced world right now. I'm not sure if Roger Waters is advanced, though.