Working Class Heroes

Working Class Heroes

“There’s room at the top I’m telling you still

But first you must learn how to smile as you kill

If you want to be like the folks on the hill

Working Class Hero is something to be”

With spiralling controversy that lead to a radio station manager spending a year in prison and a $10,000 fine for allowing it uncensored airplay, this John Lennon classic has been covered by Ozzy Osbourne, Greenday and Marilyn Manson, just to name a few. Influenced by the left-wing political movement and thinkers at the time, it carries a messages that hits home to all of us. In the song John Lennon denounces the rules of family and school that diminish an individual, in it, he encourages revolution in the heads and hearts of you and I.

“Keep you doped with religion, sex and T.V

And you think you’re so clever and classless and free

but you’re still fucking peasants as far as I can see”

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“When they’ve tortured and scared you for 20 odd years

Then they expect you to pick a career

When you can’t really function you’re so full of fear…”

They say the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, they say no one dies a virgin because life fucks us all, they say everybody dies but not everybody lives… let me digress a bit, yes, I consciously want to digress. See, every few weeks I visit the barber, the one I go to is situated on the closer outskirts of the CBD and often when I’m there, I get to see homeless people walk in to ask for water. Whilst they wait for their buckets to fill up, surrounded by mirrors, oblivious to their worn-out clothes, they start dusting themselves up. Helplessly I experienced a profound sense of sadness when I first saw this. It doesn’t occur to us that a homeless person who probably has a single meal a day (if they’re lucky) gives a damn about what they look like… back to my point. We allow society to program us into thinking that not going to parties every week and not being affluent means you’re not “Living”. FUCK IT. whether you’re upper class or lower class, we all have days that are better, likewise worse than others… it’s those days that remind us that we’re alive, that we all have the strength to go on… that we all have a story to tell… a story that perhaps has evolved the soul into appreciating a beauty so invisible to a sister in her LV shoes.

 

"Superheroes" video shot

“Superheroes” video shot

This one is for the unsung heroes, written by Irish pop rock band The Script, “Superheroes” is one hell of an inspirational number, It hollas at people who are going through the hardest of times but still manage to keep their head held high.

Shot In Johannesburg, South Africa the video tells a story of a struggling single dad who makes sure that his dear little daughter isn’t affected by the financial struggles he faces in the dark… An unsung hero indeed as so many people have been brought up by single mothers, no one ever really talks about single dads… we forget about them, just as we tend to forget each others values as human beings, grading each other into lower, middle and upper class.

 

"Superheroes" video shot

“Superheroes” video shot

With a suit and tie facade, the dad leaves home for work only to change outfits as he in fact works at a dump(ster). As for the daughter, wishful thinking often comes around when her dad is away, thoughts of her actually having friends. She feeds these wishful thoughts with the little she has only to be let down once more… at least ’til her hero comes back home… Damn! if you haven’t seen this video, you have to.

"Superheroes" video shot

“Superheroes” video shot

“When you’ve been fighting for it all your life

You’ve been working every day and night

That’s how a superhero learns to fly

Every day, every hour

Turn the pain into power”

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“Superheroes” video shot

Heads up, yes they’re not coming to Durban but The Script will be returning to SA in a few months, Get your tickets and who knows? maybe they’ll shoot another video here 🙂

 

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About Ndumiso Mncwabe

When beautiful melodies tell us horrible things and grisly sounds tell us the kind truth. This is where life and music meet. They say music has the power to inspire change, I say music has the power to inspire vibes. Good vibes and bad vibes. It also has the power to inspire thoughts, but most importantly, for it to inspire change, it must inspire conversation. I smell music, I speak music. View all posts by Ndumiso Mncwabe

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