Classic Rock Protest Song From the 80s
By Jeff Moffitt
December 2, 2015 6:44pm CST
I had a great laugh this afternoon, returning home from my trip to the doctor. Normally, I mainly listen to country music, but this afternoon I happened to flip to a classic rock station. The DJ announced that the next song was going to be Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It," a huge hit for the band back in the 80's. In the words of the DJ, "It's a classic protest tune from the 80's when there really was nothing then to protest about." That made me crack up laughing, as he was somewhat right! Not to say the world was without problems back then, but as a teenager growing up in that time period, I think overall life was pretty good. Instead of saying the song was a protest tune, I think it would have been more accurately described as a song about rebellion. The song certainly resonated well with my generation! But thinking back to the 80's, can you think of some things then that would have been worth protesting? I do remember there was a lot of concern then about nuclear proliferation, so maybe protesting nuclear arms could have been a big thing. Or the influx of drugs and easy money through Miami (remember Miami Vice?). Or maybe the corruption on Wall Street. What else can you think of that would have been worthy of protest in the 80's?
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• Gainesville, Florida
4 Dec 15
@LadyDuck It's interesting, there were a lot of problems in the US in the 70's as well (Vietnam War, oil embargo, gas shortages, rampant inflation, Watergate scandal in Washington, etc), but it doesn't seem like the music industry put out many protest songs during that period. Maybe it's because there were so many protest songs in the 60's, that musicians wanted to go in a different direction during the 70's. How else would you explain the popularity of disco music! lol
• United States
4 Dec 15
@moffittjc -- that was the reply to Jerry Falwell's group, the "Moral Majority." If you ask me any animosity/hatred/"war on Christians" in the U.S. (not that I don't think there aren't discriminatory things against Christians in some areas in the U.S.) started as a backlash against the "our way or the highway" strong-arm tactics of the group...which, as the slogan stated, hardly represented the "majority" of Christianity; and, if you ask me (personal opinion here) was started so a megalomaniac could keep his face and name in the public eye (I think similarly about Al Sharpton).
• Preston, England
3 Dec 15
In Britain we had the whole decade under a tyrannical prime minister called Margaret Thatcher, leading to protests over very high unemployment, poll tax imposition, the crushing of the unions, especially the mining industry and the EEC food mountains - there was a lot of protest about