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“The Ballad of Gilligan’s Isle” – Sherwood Schwartz and George Wyle This stretches the concept of socialist song of the month way beyond the breaking point, but what the hell, it’s the beginning of summer, so let’s relax a little. For those of you don’t know, Gilligan’s Island was a sitcom that originally aired from […]

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“Talking Union Blues” – Almanac Singers In commemoration of May Day, this month’s Socialist Song of the Month is Talking Union Blues by the Almanac Singers, originally formed in 1940 by Millard Lampell, Lee Hayes, and Pete Seeger, and later joined by Woody Guthrie. This song was more or less a group effort. It was

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“Charlie Don’t Surf” – The Clash Charlie Don’t Surf is off of the Clash’s Sandinista! album, released in 1980. The title comes from a well known scene in the 1979 film, Apocalypse Now. In this scene, a captain on an assassination mission is seeking a helicopter gunship escort into the Mekong Delta. He shows the

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