This is going to sound a tad pessimistic, but could the Obama reign signal the end of (or eight-year break from) the modern day protest song? The early 21st century produced a bumper crop of classics, but what will we all sing about now?
Can you imagine Jarvis Cocker writing – or daring to release – 'Running the World' in 2009 ("Bluntly put, in the fewest of words / Cunts are still running the world")? Green Day's 'American Idiot' is now a twee period piece ("Welcome to a new kind of tension / All across the alien nation / Everything isn't meant to be okay"). And Arcade Fire, whose apocalyptic sophomore album was shot through with veiled and not-so-veiled anti-Bush polemic (“I don't wanna live in America no more"), are reportedly hurriedly rewriting their third album, which initially went by the working title of 'McCain Glovebox #4 (Brackets)'.
Thank God for the recession.