Did this song both define and predict the current neoliberal late-capitalist hellscape we're living in?

Did this song both define and predict the current neoliberal late-capitalist hellscape we're living in?
youtube.com/watch?v=lAD6Obi7Cag

Also, as something of a connoisseur of 80s music (both popular and underground) I always enjoyed how class-conscious the lyrics often were. So general 80s music thread/concealed power level popular music thread as well.

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Perhaps - this one did it better though.
>youtube.com/watch?v=xuYZbYtAl9A

>was kidding about saying better but not rly

Born down in a dead man's town
The first kick I took was when I hit the ground
End up like a dog that's been beat too much
Till you spend half your life just covering up
Born in the U.S.A., I was born in the U.S.A.
I was born in the U.S.A., born in the U.S.A.
Got in a little hometown jam
So they put a rifle in my hand
Sent me off to a foreign land
To go and kill the yellow man
Born in the U.S.A., I was born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A., born in the U.S.A.
Come back home to the refinery
Hiring man said "son if it was up to me"
Went down to see my V.A. man
He said "son, don't you understand"
I had a brother at Khe Sahn
Fighting off the Viet Cong
They're still there, he's all gone
He had a woman he loved in Saigon
I got a picture of him in her arms now
Down in the shadow of the penitentiary
Out by the gas fires of the refinery
I'm ten years burning down the road
Nowhere to run ain't got nowhere to go
Born in the U.S.A., I was born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A., I'm a long gone daddy in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A., born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A., I'm a cool rocking daddy in the U.S.A.

What did Based Bruce mean by all this?
youtube.com/watch?v=lZD4ezDbbu4

Its the guts and its the glory, a hundred stripes a hundred stories
It's the pledge of Allegiance on the 4th of July
Its the handwritten letters from home,
its the sleepless nights alone
It's his newborn baby he left with his wife.

Mr Red White and Blue
Lay down his life
Mr Red White and Blue
For these Stars and Stripes

From the fields of Indiana
to the swamps of Louisiana
To the golden coast of Californ'
Uncle Sam's the only family he's got
His purple heartbeat wont stop
and his 18th birthday was the day he was born

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let's get a good ol' patriotic music thread goin'
patriotism can be pretty based not sure why some people here have an aversion to it

How did anyone ever mistake this for a patriotic tune

It's just dripping with venom

"Born in the USA" isn't Patriotic though.

WEBM plz?

that's why i posted a patriotic one to counter it
sick of you anti-americans

why were 80s musicians so woke ?

But its just not that good. That's why patriotards sing "Born in the USA" and pretend not to understand the lyrics instead.

because they were the last generation to receive a patrician education courtesy of the dying days of social democratic modernism, while taking much of the radiation from 1968 and assuming it was a natural piece of the scenery instead of a specific series of events that would eventually fade.

I'm only half aware of what I'm talking about but it sounds reasonable enough…

I>'ve had a bad day

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There's colors on the street
Red, white and blue
People shufflin' their feet
People sleepin' in their shoes
But there's a warnin' sign
on the road ahead
There's a lot of people sayin'
we'd be better off dead
Don't feel like Satan,
but I am to them
So I try to forget it,
any way I can.

Keep on rockin' in the free world,
Keep on rockin' in the free world
Keep on rockin' in the free world,
Keep on rockin' in the free world.

I see a woman in the night
With a baby in her hand
Under an old street light
Near a garbage can
Now she puts the kid away,
and she's gone to get a hit
She hates her life,
and what she's done to it
There's one more kid
that will never go to school
Never get to fall in love,
never get to be cool.

Keep on rockin' in the free world,
Keep on rockin' in the free world
Keep on rockin' in the free world,
Keep on rockin' in the free world.

We got a thousand points of light
For the homeless man
We got a kinder, gentler,
Machine gun hand
We got department stores
and toilet paper
Got styrofoam boxes
for the ozone layer
Got a man of the people,
says keep hope alive
Got fuel to burn,
got roads to drive.

Keep on rockin' in the free world,
Keep on rockin' in the free world
Keep on rockin' in the free world,
Keep on rockin' in the free world.
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What did Neil mean by the outfit on his album cover?

Always liked The Jam.

Eton Rifles ( youtube.com/watch?v=wJRmrlkYdsQ ) is probably more class-conscious (even if one of the favourite songs of the hilariously class un conscious Etonian David Cameron), but I've always liked Going Underground more musically and subject…materally.


Some people might say my life is in a rut
But I'm quite happy with what I've got
People might say that I should strive for more
But I'm so happy I can't see the point

Something's happening here today
A show of strength with your boy's brigade
And I'm so happy and you're so kind
You want more money - of course I don't mind
To buy nuclear textbooks for atomic crimes
And the public gets what the public wants

But I want nothing this society's got
I'm going underground (going underground)
Well, let the brass bands play and feet start to pound
Going underground (going underground)
Well, let the boys all sing and let the boys all shout for tomorrow

Some people might get some pleasure out of hate
Me, I've enough already on my plate
People might need some tension to relax
Me, I'm too busy dodging between the flak

What you see is what you get
You've made your bed, you'd better lie in it
You choose your leaders and place your trust
As their lies wash you down and their promises rust
You'll see kidney machines replaced by rockets and guns
And the public wants what the public gets

But I don't get what this society wants
I'm going underground (going underground)
Well, let the brass bands play and feet start to pound
Going underground (going underground)
So let the boys all sing and let the boys all shout for tomorrow

La la la la…

We talk and we talk until my head explodes
I turn on the news and my body froze
These braying sheep on my TV screen
Make this boy shout, make this boy scream!

Going underground, I'm going underground!

La la la la…

These braying sheep on my TV screen
Make this boy shout, make this boy scream!

I'm going underground (going underground)
Well, let the brass bands play and feet start to pound
Going underground (going underground)
Well, let the boys all sing and let the boys all shout,
Going underground (going underground)
Well, let the brass bands play and feet go pow, pow, pow
Going underground (going underground)
So let the boys all sing and let the boys all shout for tomorrow

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Pretty cool

''When the room is quiet
The daylight almost gone
It seems there's something I should know
Well I ought to leave but the rain it never stops
And I've no particular place to go

Just when I think I'm winning
When I've broken every door
The ghosts of my life blow wilder than before
Just when I thought I could not be stopped
When my chance came to be king
The ghosts of my life blew wilder than the wind

Well I'm feeling nervous
Now I find myself alone
The simple life's no longer there
Once I was so sure
Now the doubt inside my mind
Comes and goes but leads nowhere

Just when I think I'm winning
When I've broken every door
The ghosts of my life blow wilder than before
Just when I thought I could not be stopped
When my chance came to be king
The ghosts of my life blew wilder than the wind''

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Maybe not directly about neoliberal capitalist hellscape, but I feel it has both personal and political relevance.
probably just because I read that Mark-Fisher book from cover to cover.

BABY QUIERO QUESO ROÑOSO

Yes they proved them right too since they censored "faggot" from the song.

I always thought that was bullshit. Knopfler said he was trying to capture the way real working class people talked and it was almost like by deleting that word they were censoring the kind of language ordinary working class people used then.

here is a picture that defines it

Pretty sure it was already the norm in the 80s.