MEET…THE REFUSERS!

Aug. 20, 2015  By Jack Jodell.  

HIPPIESWhen I first came of age culturally, back in the mid-1960s, nonconformity, protest, and rebellion were the order of the day for us in the emerging youth counteculture. From long hair on men, to bell bottom pants, to flowered shirts, to beads, to granny glasses, to U.S. flag patches sewn onto our jeans, to tie-dyed tee shirts – if it was wild, shocking, and different, it was definitely IN! Music was an essential part of my life (and still is to this day). Beat, rhythm, and melody were vital, but a song’s MESSAGE (lyrical content) was definitely the most important component of all. This was true of every genre in those days, from folk ballads to country, from driving rock to soul to pop. Protest music laden with anti-war and civil rights themes was really the rage for a DYLANlong time, and it was evident in songs written and/or performed by Bob Dylan; Peter, Paul, and Mary; Joan BEATLESBaez; Judy Collins; Joni Mitchell; The Beatles; The Rolling Stones; The Kinks; The Doors; Buffalo Springfield; The Turtles; The Supremes; Stevie Wonder; The SUPREMESTemptations; Neil Yong; Sonny and Cher; Arlo Guthrie; The Who; Country Joe and the Fish; and literally dozens of others. It was the birth of a new counterculture, and what an exciting time to be alive!

Protest music tended to recede once the Vietnam War ended. In its place came disco, funk,  southern-based redneck rock, heavy metal, reggae, techmo, smooth jazz, hip-uop, and other genres. But protest music hasn’t entirely disappeared. A new generation of dedicated idealists has now taken up the cause and is once more pumping out wild, dynamic, driving, and relevant  tunes. One example would be Rooftop Revolutionaries. Another one that I will focus on here and now is called  The Refusers.

The REFUSERS
Meet The Refusers, everyone.They are a high-energy rock band which originated after founder Michael Belkin suddenly lost his infant daughter Lyla only hours after she had been vaccinated.  The band hails from Seattle, REFUSERS 4WA and consists of Belkin, who plays guitar and sings lead, his son Sebastian, who handles percussion, Kevin Blackwood on drums, Steve Newton on bass and vocals, plus Joey Walbaum on keyboards. They  became activists soon after the young girl’s death, having experienced refusal by the doctors and other medical REFUSERS 3and pharmaceutical personnel to accept that the vaccination  may have been a factor, or even the cause, in her death. The band formed and recorded a song they called “Stole My Baby Away” to commemorate young Lyla’s passing. In an attempt to not only entertain others, but also to educate them and hopefully spur them on to become activists, too, they released w etream of other songs. Using a blend of rock, funk, and even a bit of reggae, and most with catchy REFUSERS 2melodies and great hooks, they have  recorded numerous other “alternative” and progressive-themed tunes. Some notable titles include “Vaccine Gestapo”, “Too Big To Fail”, “First Do No Harm”, “Unavoidably Unsafe”, “Get Your Mandates Out Of MREFUSERS 1y Body”, plus many more.  This is not a band out to make a quick buck and then disappear. As dedicated activists, they are doing their best, one set of ears at a time, to alert and educate the public about the evils of corruption: governmental, economic, $cientific, and otherwise. They take aim at greedy corporations which peddle dangerous GMOs, Wall Street, big banks, as well as big Pharma and the bought-out, conservative medical establishment. “This ain’t no corporate weasel-rock,” says founder and lead singer Micheal Belkin. He is absolutely correct.    

This group has just released a new song they call “NSA KGB”. The video I saw for it has every member of the band holding up an Edward Snowden mask in front of their faces through the entire song.  You can hear this fabulous effort by going to http://www.therefusers.com/   

I have included this song’s lyrics below:    

Hero Traitor Hero Traitor
He’s a hero not a traitor, hero not a traitor
Hero not a traitor, he’s a hero not a traitor
hero not a traitor, he’s a hero not a traitor

They listen in on the phone
When you’re by yourself you’re not alone
They read your email, tap your phone
Invite themselves into your home

NSA They’re a bunch of voyeurs
KGB spy on the innocent
Freedom destroyers

Freedom Freedom Freedom!

Hero Traitor Hero Traitor
He’s a hero not a traitor, hero not a traitor
Hero not a traitor, he’s a hero not a traitor
Hero not a traitor, he’s a hero not a traitor
Only part of government that ever really listens
Only part of government that ever really listens
Only part of government that ever really listens
Only part of government that ever really listens
Only part of government that ever really listens
Only part of government that ever really listens
Only part of government that ever really listens
Only part of government that ever really listens!

Edward Snowden spilled the beans
They’re scanning you baby on their screens
Every word’s recorded behind the scenes
Ain’t no secrets from the KGB

NSA They’re a bunch of voyeurs
KGB spy on the innocent
Freedom destroyers

Freedom Freedom Freedom!

Hero Traitor Hero Traitor
He’s a hero not a traitor, hero not a traitor
He’s a hero not a traitor, he’s a hero not a traitor
Hero not a traitor, he’s a hero not a traitor
Only part of government that ever really listens
Only part of government that ever really listens
Only part of government that ever really listens
Only part of government that ever really listens
Hero Traitor Hero Traitor
He’s a hero not a traitor, hero not a traitor
Hero not a traitor, he’s a hero not a traitor
Hero not a traitor, he’s a hero not a traitor
Only part of government that ever really listens
Only part of government that ever really listens
Only part of government that ever really listens
Only part of government that ever really listens!

Talk about totally relevant, in-your-face protest music – THIS more than fits the bill! While I may disagree with their stance on vaccination, I DO understand and appreciate all that has led them to take it.  The uncaring and flippant attitude expressed by my late mother’s hospitalist before her death in 2010 opened my eyes to the severe flaws in our medical system, plus I really like this band’s spunk and their activism. In this song at least, I’m with them all the way. For I do agree that Snowden is a hero, and that our NSA has gone way over the top in paranoia. It has robbed us of our privacy and freedom, and more closely resembles the old oppressive Soviet KGB than it does one of our own supposedly “free” government’s agencies!

I urge The Refusers to keep up their unique brand of protest music, and I hope its popularity will spread like WILDFIRE!
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About jackjodell53

I am an American Dissident trapped in a country where poor and middle class people are constantly being exploited and lied to by a very rigid and conservative plutocratic elite. I believe in government OF, FOR, and BY the people, not one controlled as it now is by corporations and special interests.
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