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FlinterFile: U2- New Year’s Day

U2 had their first hit in the US with this song in 1983. Read the rest of this entry


FlinterFile: Edwin Starr- War


In 1970, Edwin Starr released a flaming protest against the Vietnam War. It would be one of the first political songs Motown released. Read the rest of this entry

Song of the day: War- Why Can’t We Be Friends?

war why can't we be friends

In 1975, War realized that people are quite alike, if you put them in a different surrounding. They thought it would be good to discuss racism in a song. The theme is not strange to War, since this white group played a lot with white people, like Eric Burdon (the Animals), something which was a bit strange in the sixties. The song ended up at number 6 in the US. Enjoy

War- Why Can’t We Be Friends?

Song of the day: Christie- Yellow River

Christie Yellow River

A song from 1970, which became a big hit in lots of countries. It charted at 1 in the UK and 23 in the US. Jeff Christie wrote it and gave it to the Tremeloes, who would record it in 1970. However, they had success with another song and decided to write their own songs. The producer therefore changed their vocals into those of Jeff Christie. The song was a huge hit in 1970. Many will ask where the Yellow River is located. The writer had the idea of a soldier returning from the Civil War in America, but at the time the Vietnam War was still going on, so many others interpreted it as a Vietnam soldier. Enjoy

Christie- Yellow River

Song of the day: The Farm- All Together Now


If there are songs that can touch you, because of their music, this is one of them. A very political story, but with a good message: work together and you will have peace. Isn’t that a good message? And if that is sung by a beautiful voice, fitting music, a song has to become a hit. This was a hit. Listen to

The Farm- All Together Now

Song of the day: Jona Lewie- Stop The Cavalry


If I asked a regular person to spot the odd one out of the row of Christmas songs, this person would probably don’t know what I wanted him/her to do. However, this song would be the odd one out. And why? Because the song doesn’t have to do anything with Christmas! Only the line “wish I was at home with Christmas” and the bells seem to put people on a wrong track. The song itself is about the First Worldwar, and war in general. Strange, isn’t it? Enjoy:

Jona Lewie- Stop The Cavalry

Song of the day: Rod McKuen- Soldiers Who Want To Be Heroes


Okay, I don’t want to get too political with the songs I post. If you’re interested in those songs, maybe you should check out this site:
It’s a wonderful site with a lot of songs and their political backgrounds. This one has one, too. It’s about how strange war is, which can be explained by the Vietnam War. And of course, there are a lot of soldiers who want to be normal persons, almost none want to be real heroes. Listen to:

Rod McKuen- Soldiers Who Want To Be Heroes