A Song for Davos: your chance to vote on best song on inequality

Twitter definitely beats work. On Monday, Oxfam’s Max Lawson kicked off a discussion on the best song about economic inequality, which got enough candidates for an impromptu ‘Song for Davos’ competition – check these out and vote.

Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fortunate Son [Max Lawson]

Bob Marley, Them Belly Full [me, with post on Marley v IMF]

Motorhead, Eat the Rich [Phil Evans]

Juliani (Kenyan rapper, more here), Utawala [Jenny Ricks]

UB40, 1 in 10 [Phil Evans]

Tracy Chapman: Mountains O’ Things [Max Lawson]

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Everything’s Raising but the Wages [Mark Furness]

Abba, Money Money Money [Max again]

Afraid I ruled out a couple of other suggestions because they weren’t strictly about economic inequality, were piss takes (sorry Spinal Tap) or were just bad. Anyway, there’s only so many Facebook ads any human being can bear.

So please vote for your favourite, and if you think I’ve missed a really good one suggest it in the comments because, who knows, we may do this in a more organized fashion for Davos 2018 – also, this lot feels pretty dated even to me, so can we have some more recent songs please?

Over to you – you’ve each got 3 votes

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11 Responses to “A Song for Davos: your chance to vote on best song on inequality”
  1. Phillip Graham

    Can I suggest the resplendent full six minute version of The Members ‘Offshore Banking Business / Pennies in the Pound’? Okay, so it’s more about tax dodging, but still pertinent to campaigning against inequality. A dub punk classic, with an ahead-of-its time lyrical expose of brass plaque companies’ dubious tactics in Bermuda – recently ranked number one in the list of the world’s worst tax havens.

    Sorry Duncan, it’s even older than some of those on the shortlist, but the song is now more relevant than ever!

  2. Chris Jochnick

    Duncan and Max – great effort but missing some classics from the South – e.g. Fela Kuti International Thief Thief and Victor Jara Las Casitas del Barrio Alto