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Hey Where’s The Jol – Aeroplanes

Greatest Hits - Aeroplanes

Greatest Hits – Aeroplanes

I don’t know about the youth of today, but certainly when I was growing up, the phrase ‘Hey where’s the jol?’ would have been used quite a lot, especially on a Friday or Saturday night. It was really only a matter of time before someone brought out a song that used that phrase in it. Cue the Aeroplanes, a bunch of industry misfits whom, back in those days, only Shifty could love. And thank goodness they did as they enabled us to enjoy this quirky song which spliced together all the fun of a jol with an almost vitriolic rap about the state of the country and the local music industry back on the 80’s

‘Hey Where’s The Jol’ has a punky, anarchic feel to it right from the start with its funky guitar intro  and almost random organ which tumbles into the vocals which sound a little like the singer has been on the jol for a little while and lost any inhabitions. But you hardly have time to settle into this joyful chaos before the rap comes along and reminds us about how the state controlled all the radio and in particular the music. ‘I’m music, pop music/I’m a vehicle of the state’.

But just before it becomes too political so as to ruin the jol, the original singer bounces back into the the room to remind you that he’s ‘daaancing, oh yeah!’ and everthing seems alright again. But is it? The vocals just sort of stop and the music continues to wonder around, feeling slightly uneasy with itself.

This was protest music that didn’t just use the lyrics to get a message across. The contasting feelings the music brings out in you makes you swing between comfortably have a great night out with your mates and having to face up to the realities of apartheid that seemed to sit side by side in the country at the time. It’s a jol, a really serious jol.

Where to find it:
Greatest Hits – The Aeroplanes, (1986), CDCJM001

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Too Much Resistance – Nude Red

Too Much Resistance – Nude Red (Don’t Google the band name)

Forces Favourites by Various Artists

Forces Favourites by Various Artists

Very little is known about the band Nude Red. Well, very little is known by me. In fact, all I know is that they are called Nude Red and their song ‘Too Much Resistance’ featured on the classic compilation album ‘Forces Favourites’ which was put together by Shifty Records in conjunction with the End Conscription Campaign.

I also know that ‘Too Much Resistance’ is an energetic, sax fuelled three minute and fourteen seconds of pure pleasure. The song bounces along on a bed of punk ska beats with a joie de vivre that makes you happy to know a few French phrases. Unfortunately it is all over far too soon, leaving you wanting more. I don’t know if there was any more to be had from Nude Red. I’m sure it would be worth hearing if there is.

Where to find it:

Forces Favourites – Various Artists (1986), Shifty Records (SHIFT10)

Lyrics (with apologies for any mistakes):

So much to do
Too much to say
So much to do
Too much to say

Clowny Frowns has lost his crown
In the days of certainty
Freedom lurked behind the mask
Condemned to obscurity

Five years for instigation
Keep control of the population
Don’t need no edification
Just don’t see the justification
There’s
Too much resistance

So much to do
Too much to say
So much to do
Too much to say

Mad man laughs he rides first class
On the wheels of destiny
Its hard to believe what you could see
In the 20th century

Five years for instigation
Keep control of the population
Don’t need no edification
Just don’t see the justification
There’s
Too much resistance

So much to do
Too much to say
So much to do
Too much to say

Clowny Frowns has lost his crown
In the days of certainty
Freedom lurked behind the mask
Condemned to obscurity

Five years for instigation
Keep control of the population
Don’t need no edification
Just don’t see the justification
There’s
Too much resistance

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