The world probably doesn’t need yet another cover of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song,” but when my drummer Jeff asked if I’d like to record a free song in his studio, it jumped out at me. I always thought the chord progression in the chorus sounded like the Ramones, and I wanted to do something high-energy. I love the reference to assassinations, especially the line, “while we stand aside and look.”
It’s my first recording with The Discontents and I think it captures their energy perfectly, adding some urgency to the song. How long will we “stand aside and look” at a LOT of things being perpetuated upon us? Talk about “mental slavery.” All Clear? Hello!!
Like the great Stiv Bators, Marley was himself extremely prophetic.
John Dissed is a singer-songwriter from Los Angeles. Get a free mp3 of his single“Honeypot” by entering your name and email address beneath the red arrow, just above and to the right!