I like to think everyone who lived in L.A. in ’92 was changed by the riots.
Some were probably changed for the worse, spending the last 23 years blabbing at the first sign of unrest about how only fools burn down their own neighborhoods. It’s hard to argue with that, but I think the rest of us learned that impotent rage will always find an outlet. Unfortunately, we’ve seen it happen again and again over the last two decades, especially over the last couple of years.
The world’s problems seem insurmountable, and that’s what brings the anger to a boil. I don’t know what to say, really. Treat people decently. Be fair. Be kind. Pick up a little trash. Life really isn’t that hard, people.
Anyway, riot songs:
“White Riot,” The Clash.
“Teen Age Riot,” Sonic Youth.
“Riot in Cell Block #9,” Wanda Jackson.
“Roots Rock Riot,” Skindred.
“Riot Fight,” Beastie Boys.
“I Wanna Riot,” Rancid.
“Riot,” Miles Davis.
So there you go — eight songs for your own musical riot. What did I miss? Put on your zoot suit and leave me a comment. I’m listening.