Sing a song of subversion: US funded Venezuela rock bands to dent Chávez

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      The United States funded rock groups in Venezuela to record songs promoting democracy – and undermine the rule of Hugo Chávez – according to documents released after a Freedom of Information Act request.

      More than 10 bands were contracted in 2011 to produce new songs promoting freedom of expression in the oil-rich nation. The $22,970 scheme, which was to culminate in a battle-of-the-bands style concert, was approved by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a non-governmental agency responsible for promoting democracy abroad.

      The partially redacted grant application was uncovered by Tim Gill, a sociologist at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and shows the efforts of US officials “to promote greater reflection among Venezuelan youth about freedom of expression, their connection with democracy, and the state of democracy in the country”.

      It is not the only time the US has attempted to spark unrest through music in adversarial Latin American countries. In 2014, it was revealed that USAid, the American development aid organisation, had been secretly attempting to infiltrate Cuba’s underground hip-hop scene.

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      Election 2020 will be a breakdance-off between dRumpf and Blitheden.

      May the fool with the best swagger win.

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      Life can only get better
      All you need to do is fall in love
      Everyone else has fun but you
      Buy that fun you’ll fit in too

      Dance your problems away
      Cheap escape to that mind-control beat
      Mellow out-Life’s too hard
      You don’t even want to think

      See the macho cock-rock metal heroes
      Vomit fire out of their big mouths
      Shake your fists obediently
      Make Leni Riefenstahl real proud

      See the Aryan bozo with the red guitar
      Parachute on the White House lawn
      Gonna bomb the commies with his air guitar
      So dumb he can’t drive 55

      Like Bing Crosby before them
      Too idiotic to be real
      You want it loud?
      We’ll make sure it goes nowhere
      So you won’t get ideas

      Triumph of the swill
      Triumph of the swill
      Triumph of the swill
      Triumph of the swill

      Music is banned in Khomeini’s Iran
      On the grounds that it stimulates the brain
      We’ve done him one better in the land of coke & honey
      Using music to put people’s brains to sleep

      Ever wonder why commercial radio’s so bad?
      It’s ’cause someone upstairs wants it that way
      If the Doors or John Lennon were getting started now
      The industry wouldn’t sign ’em in a million years

      So what do we get
      Christian censorship and taxed blank tapes
      Shoppers strung out on our false hopes
      Will flock to obey

      Triumph of the swill
      Triumph of the swill
      Triumph of the swill
      Triumph of the swill

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      don’t know what’s more typical: that they thought this’d work, or that they only handed out $2,300 per band

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