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July 2, 2013

The great thing about art is that it can reach you on a level that most other forms of communication can't. You can read books about Van Gogh's ear all day long, for example, but they will never quite touch you like the first time you see that bandage and fuzzy hat. Propagandhi's music is kind of like that. It reaches people that would otherwise be unaffected by the message of compassion to animals.

For those of you who are not up on left wing vegan punk rock, Propagandhi are a group of husky Manitobans who have been busy sticking it to 'the man' since the early 1990's. I think Wiki summed it up best when they said that "both in their lyrics and hands-on activism, the band's members champion various radical left wing and anarchist causes and veganism, and have taken an active stance against human rights violations, sexism, racism, nationalism, homophobia, imperialism, capitalism and organized religion." Amen!

Propagandhi: Nailing Descartes to the Wall (Meat is still Murder)

*This song is from their second album, "Less Talk More Rock" (1996). It was more or less the vegan anthem for the better part of a decade. At least it was for me! Classic!



Propagandhi: Human(e) Meat (The Flesning of Sandor Katz)

*Humane Meat is a tune from their fifth album, "Supporting Caste" (2009). The song is about the band cooking and eating American foodie and author Sandor Katz in response to a chapter from one of his books entiled 'Vegetarian Ethics and Humane Meat'. Chris from Propagandhi had this to say about the song. "It makes light of the idea of humanely killing animals, and so we kind of just removed the animal, put him in place for satirical reasons, just to show that clearly this isn’t humane." Take that Sandor!



Propagandhi: Potemkin City Limits

*Potemkin City Limits is another song from "Supporting Caste" (2009). It's the true story of a pig named Francis who escaped from a slaughterhouse in Red Deer, Alberta in 1990. He spent the next five months living in the local parklands. He was hurt being captured and later succumbed to his injuries. A bronze sculpture of Francis was erected at a park in Red Deer in 1997. Read the lyrics if you listen to the song; they're pretty moving, especially the part about Francis and his mom.



Propagandhi: Note to Self

*This is a song from their latest album, "Failed States" (2012). It has nothing to do with veganism or animal rights or anything like that. I just like it. :)



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