Thursday, November 8, 2007


The year was 1994, you were old enough to know that there was an Ireland, but you might not have been to able to point to it on a map. Did you know that there was some serious turmoil in the world, no you did not. All you knew about was Ace of Base and Toni Braxton. And don't forget about that Hotstepper.

There was probably one band above all others, that signified the essence of political disorder, and that was the Cranberries. They sung some serious songs. Songs that I don't think the average person can full understand. I think to understand a Cranberries song, you have to know what its like to work in a steel mill. You have to know what its like to mine coal. You have to know what its like to grow up in the shadow of the IRA and Sinn Fein. You have to know what its like to have an accent. These are just things the average middle schooler did not know.
It was hard to pick the song to narrow down to this list, but I did it. The best song of this genre is "Zombie." As wiki describes it "It is about the conflicts in Northern Ireland known as The Troubles, with references to the Easter Rising of 1916." After you heard the line below you wanted to know more about this Ireland, and who is this St. Patrick.

Probably the most poetic line in all of social study rock:
In your head, in your head they are fighting,
With their tanks and their bombs,
And their bombs and their guns.
In your head, in your head, they are crying...

Bombs you say, guns you say, where do I sign up.

Behold the video below. Is this what girls do in their free time? They have clearly spent the morning burning their braziers and getting henna tattoos. Ryan, I think shop at Inti. Anyway, these girls can really play, when not cracking up at their dog who makes several cameos. I also really like how they never look at the camera and only stare off into space, a class rock and roll move.

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