On the music side, however, the choice is much smaller. While there are many openly protest songs, a few deal with belligerency without directly linking it to a particular conflict. But can war succeed in inspiring a hymn to love? A hit played over and over in clubs? Carry a story? These artists answer us…
Metallica — One
Johnny Got His Gun is a book that follows the adventures of his eponymous character, a soldier during the First World War. Seriously wounded by a shell, he ends up amputated of all four limbs, deaf, dumb… but remains fully conscious. Alone with his memories. For
One, Metallica slips into Johnny’s skin. The clip directly pays tribute to the novel, using scenes from its film adaptation.
The Clash — London Calling
“This is London calling…” is BBC‘s station identification during the Second World War. In a “new world” in full mutation, which they doesn’t understand, the British of The Clash divert the famous slogan to express their uncertainties.
A rather brutal piece, between revolt and nihilism, in the pure punk vein…
Prince — 1999
After Automatic’s sadomasochism, Prince takes an interest in the Cold War for 1999. While the threat of a nuclear attack still looms, the King of funk says he prefers to dance rather than wait for the massacre. According to the album’s sales, he’s not the only one.
The title reveals a symbolic depth, which contrasts with the lightness of the rhythm — and the so 80’s light effects of the video…
Alphaville — Forever Young
What is the common point between Jay-Z and a German new-wave band from the eighties? Before the rapper made a global hit, Forever Young is an Alphaville song — the toughest guys in all of Rhineland. While the country is divided into two blocks, a bit like Prince, they choose to dance and live their youth.
“Are you gonna drop the bomb, or not ?”
ANOHNI — Drone Bomb Me
The release of the Drone Bomb Me clip makes waves the fashion world. The costumes are designed by Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy, who also serves as artistic director, imagining Naomi Campbell as a grieving muse.
Behind her mic, ANOHNI transforms into a 9-year-old Afghan girl whose entire family has been killed by a drone. Desperate, she contemplates the sky, singing the hope to see another device come to kill her in turn. •