Top Five Left-Wing Love Jams
Does that rabble-rousing agitator arouse flutters of the heart? Don't have the words to express that special kind of activist amor? Troubadours of discontent sound off on injustice but sometimes troublemakers need a little more. Sure, soul rebels like Bob Marley sang about plain ol' love with the best of balladeers. What of the bond between political partners though? Left-wing love jams are a rarity but the Weekly assembled the best in baby-making music for militants.
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Hopefully the songs aren't too "problematic" or taken as a mixtape for macktivists!
5. The Nightwatchman - Ease My Revolutionary Mind
I first learned about Woody Guthrie's "My Revolutionary Mind" when Emma's Revolution, a lesbian folk duo couple, played a cover version of the song at a Unitarian church for a concert fundraiser benefiting a non-profit sheltering homeless women and feeding hungry kids. Tom Morello, the black Woody Guthrie, has his own take on the romantic ode to a special rebel woman. He performed it Nightwatchman style at the centennial celebration of the folk singer updating the song all along the way! It doesn't hurt the cause when armed with amazing guitar skills and a baritone voice.
Sexy lyrics: "I need an anarchistic woman / I need a brick throwing woman / Ain't no reactionary baby / Can ease my revolutionary mind."
4. dead prez - Intelligence is Sexy
Ever since dead prez debuted in 2000 with Let's Get Free the duo made it a musical point to jettison radio rap misogyny. They came with lyrics praising women above and beyond their physical attributes. Putting "Mind Sex" on this list is too easy though. M1 and stic.man dropped a similarly styled song on the deluxe version of their last release, Information Age. Too many hip-hop heads slept or hated on the album, but it included gems like "Intelligence is Sexy." Changing their classic sound up, dead prez stays steady in showing their appreciation for politically minded women of the Left.
Sexy lyrics: "I love her healthy lifestyle and her sexy ways / A girl like that, comrade, I swear we can have mind sex for days / Frantz Fanon, Khalil Gibran she says, "it turns me on" / A lot of these beautiful girls be freaks, but weak in the mind, hers is strong."