Music: Winter of Discontent

They’re all-out for independence and they’re leading the way for social commentary in Scotland. Stanley Odd, the alternative hip-hop band is making waves bringing meaning back to music.

Formed in 2009, the band has played T in the Park, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party, Celtic Connections and this month played The Wickerman Festival.

“These Scottish hip-hop standard bearers sound much more relevant than the mighty Eminem, rapping stories that are social realism with a sense of humour and dance shoes,” – Scotland on Sunday.

The band’s track ‘Winter of Discontent’ speaks out against the Westminster government, providing no jobs and only being elected by voters in the South of the UK. The song marks a ‘end’ for the Union and calls for all pro-independence parties to work together.

Listen, we’re in trouble kid,
In recession, and how did we discover it?
We were told by a Conservative government,
To take our worst expectations and double it.

Loan sharks circling and hovering,
Social unrest is bubbling,
Maggie’s back in Number 10,
And check the cold facts,
All we’re missing is the shoulder pads and the Poll Tax.

Nae jobs, thousands gettin’ laid off to save costs,
I’m wanting back to the future, Great Scott!
How do I know the economy’s affected?
For the first time in a decade we’ve got £10 eccies,
And to a government voters in the South elected,
We’re a nation of Begbies with wrecked teeth and webbed feet.

Park overnight and win four flat tyres,
As we tell stories round the chip-pan fires,
The economy’s two years behind the UK recovery,
It’s not feeling very Summery.

In summary; we’re heading for independence,
The election handed the union a death sentence,
If the SSP and Solidarity intervene with the SNP and The Greens,
Then it’s four weddings and a funeral for the Union Jack.

Andrew Barr
Political and Cultural Blogger 

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  1. Review: Reject by Stanley Odd - National Collective - An open and non-party political platform for artists and creatives to engage with the Scottish independence campaign

    […] I made my way up front, whipped out the video camera and began recording the fervour. Totally converted to the wit of their lyric and the tight musicianship that kept the band powerful and energetic, I left the festival a happy bunny, got home and blogged about them straight away, particularly one song Winter of Discontent. […]

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