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Well here we are at Thursday again, and the second ever edition of "Theme Thursday". In case you missed last week's post, here is the low-down: Each month, I am going to create a playlist with songs that somewhat loosely or tightly fit a specific (but again loosely defined theme). I am not going to reveal the theme - I will leave it to you, my dear reader, to extrapolate the theme. By the way, in some cases the theme of the song is what makes it fit the topic - sometimes it is the title (perhaps interpreted differently than the song suggests - for example if the theme were "Condiments", I might pick a song called "In a Pickle" even though the song is not about a Kosher Dill.) (The theme this month is not "Condiments" just to clear). Also, the inclusion of any song/artist does not intend to suggest that they hold any viewpoint which may be suggested by the theme.
Now that I have over-explained, in typical E2TG fashion, let's get to the music shuffle!
"Apocalypse Love Song" by Leland Sundries
From Music for Outcasts... Is this the end? No, it's the beginning of the shuffle... zombies and love!
"Freedom! '90" by George Michael
Freedom! The late George Michael with a track from Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1. Also one of two songs in the shuffle with references to years in the title.
"Piss Off" by FFS
From the 2015 eponymously titles album by FFS. FFS is a band made up of members of the Scottish band Franz Ferdinand and the long-running American band Sparks.
"Violence is Violence 82" by Anthrax
Our second song with a year referenced in the title. By the way, this is not the American heavy metal band - this is the UK punk band active in the early 1980s.
"What it Means" by Drive-By Truckers
From American Band, the latest album by Drive-By Truckers. A pointed anthem.
"If you say it wasn't racial
When they shot him in his tracks
Well I guess that means that you ain't black"
"Bad to Worse/King of the World" by A Color Engine
A Color Engine was a band featuring two early E2TG faves... Don Ryan and Eric Burchfield of Elephant Goes West. This song seemed to fit my theme in some ways...
"No Surrender" by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
And we close out with a live version of a song from Born in the U.S.A. recorded exactly one year ago today at a show in Chicago. Springsteen had to restart the song three times to remember how it began. Did he give up? Nope. I have a feeling I will singing this song (to myself) quite often in the weeks and months to come.