Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Soviet Top Anthems & Communist Vampires

Nothing like spending May Day or at least the day after May Day getting sentimental about labor movements, revolts and the upraised fist of the worker. I heartily recommend setting the mood with Paul Robeson’s English version of the Anthem of the USSR, available here in a “Top Twenty” selection of early and inspiring Soviet revolutionary and WWII anthems (plus likely adding yourself to an FBI, CIA & Homeland Security database of likely subversives at no extra cost). Nothing better for those people working at the Department of Defense or driving around Texas in your pickup than to have the heroic songs of "The Saint War" or “White Army, Black Baron” ("From wild forest to the British seas - Red Army is the best!") blasting from your speakers. Just listening to them makes me want to pick up a flamethrower for the motherland.

You may also want to read up on the threat of Communist Vampires, or you may not. The author is surprisingly humorless about the delightful concept of communist vampires by making all sort of painful and direct comparisons about the evils of communism (Sorry, “Communist Vampires” tee hee!). Meanwhile Hollywood Investigator gives "proof" that Communist Dictator Nicolea Ceausescu was a vampire and has turned Jacko into a communist vampire slave( “These facts cannot be denied!”)! But after all, Brian Lumley carved a writing career out of Nazi Vampires & Werewolfs, so who am I to point fingers.

After taking out your Diggers membership as an agrarian communist (so you didn't join up 350 odd years ago at the start, better late than never) you can finish up with Leon Rosselson’s “Song of the Old Communist” which has the same sort of theme of many 50’s anarchists: You’ve never seen what I’ve seen and stop having SO MUCH FUN! One of my favorite anecdotes of Anarchist George Woodcock is when, after weeks of standing in the rain handing out smudging pamphlets, another anarchist group stole his group’s hand press. But, as anarchists, they were honor bound not to go to the police, so they simply watched the competing group take their space handing out pamphlets. Ah the good old days.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Now that was random.

Hope things are going well, and have a good week!

-Will

kathz said...

Is the Leon Rosselson song you mention the same one that has the chorus, "Wo sind die elefanten?" - about the sense of loss as the communist states ending? It's a brave song which acknowledges mixed emotions and praises the ideals while acknowledging the abuses. (It may be another sone entirely - I've misplaced my Leon Rosselson tapes.)

Elizabeth McClung said...

It's the same one - I have a recording from Fuse press - an anarchist press which acknowledges no copyright - however I can't seem to find an online version - BBC 2 plays the song occasionally - if you click the Digger link they have an even EARLIER Rosselson song.

I realize now that I wrote this for a UK/European audience as I went around today and found that less than 10% of people knew what "May Day" was, and about .5% knew who the Diggers were - oops!

elizabeth said...

At least I know it wasn't just me....