Episode #2324

Airs of War and Lunacy

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Sunday, July 30, 2006

For this New Sounds program, there's some food for thought served up in songs with sociopolitical texts. Some, like David Byrne’s sly pro-American torch song “Empire,” take a stab at the recent savagery of American neo-colonialism. Others, like Ryuichi Sakamoto and David Sylvian’s “World Citizen,” redirect focus away from the national towards the global. Plus, hear some of Phil Kline's Zippo Songs, art songs for rock band, with texts lifted from inscriptions by American GIs in Vietnam on army-issue Zippo lighters.

PROGRAM #2324 Airs of War and Lunacy (Wed. 9-22-04)





Philip Glass

The Fog of War

The War To End All Wars [1:30]

Orange Mountain Music #00100***

Phil Kline

Zippo Songs

Been To Hell [2:30]
Ours Is Not [4:30]
If I Had A Farm [2:30]
3 Rumsfeld Songs : That Many Vases [1:30]

Canteloupe #21019***

Philip Glass

The Fog of War

Why Are We Here? [2:30]
Unilateralism [2:30]

See above.

Ryuichi Sakamoto (w/David Sylvian)


World Citizen [5:30]

Warner Music Japan #10072 *

David Byrne

Grown Backwards

Empire [4:00]

Nonesuch #79826**

Carla Bley Big Band

Looking for America

Step Mother [3:30]

ECM/Watt #31**

Charlie Haden

Ballad for the Fallen

Els Segadors [4:00]

ECM #1248** *

Ryuichi Sakamoto (w/David Sylvian)


World Citizen – recycled [5:00]

See above.

Various artists: Robb Johnson

Peace Not War, Vol 2

The Day The World Said Stop The War [4:30]

Peace Not War Music Project**

Philip Glass

The Fog of War

The Fog of War [3:30]

See above.

*, ** Find the recordings you've heard - go to the New Sounds Recordings Information page

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