25/04/2018: “War” by Edwin Starr

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“War, huh, yeah
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing”

Edwin Starr’s version of “War” (originally sung by The Temptations), was released in 1970, in the shadow of the Vietnam war. It was undoubtedly controversial, with the label only releasing the song as a single if The Temptations didn’t have to do it, in order to preserve their image.

It’s a real call to action; with strident brass in a very striking rhythm, a gospel like chorus, and a very lively percussion section during the verses, the song makes it’s message very clear.

The song was number one for three weeks inĀ  America, a sign of the disillusionment many felt with the ongoing war in Vietnam.

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