Instant Commentary Songs and Opinions on Bob Dylan’s Rough And Rowdy Ways

Instant Commentary Songs and Opinions on Bob Dylan’s Rough And Rowdy Ways

Sometimes current events inspire urgent art. After George Floyd was killed by police in Minnesota, artists started creating songs to comment on the moment quickly.

This week Jim and Greg share their favorite instant commentary tracks, songs that were published in a hurry in hopes of effecting change.

Plus they review the first Bob Dylan album of new music in eight years and Jim adds a song to the desert island jukebox.

Jim’s Songs About Right Now

  • Wyatt Waddell,“Fight!”
  • LL Cool J’s freestyle

Greg’s Songs About Right Now

  • Ric Wilson, “Fight Like Ida B & Marsha P”
  • Nasty C and T.I., “They Don’t”

Jim’s Instant Commentary Classics

  • R.E.M., “Final Straw”
  • Vic Mensa, “16 Shots”
  • Thursday, “War All the Time.”

Greg’s Instant Commentary Classics

  • Steve Earle, “John Walker’s Blues”
  • Richard Thompson, “Fergus Laing”
  • Legendary K.O., “George Bush Doesn’t Care About Black People”

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Featured Songs

Bob Dylan, “I Contain Multitudes,” I Contain Multitudes, Columbia, 2020
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, “Ohio,” Ohio (Single), Atlantic, 1970
Buffalo Springfield, “For What It’s Worth (Stop, Hey What’s That Sound),” For What It’s Worth (Single), Atco, 1966
Wyatt Waddell, “Fight!,” FIGHT! (Single), self-released, 2020
Ric Wilson, “Fight Like Ida B & Marsha P,” Fight Like Ida B & Marsha P (Single), Free Disco / EMPIRE, 2020
LL Cool J, “Freestyle,” Freestyle, not released, 2020
Nasty C & T.I., “They Don’t,” They Don’t (Single), Def Jam, 2020
R.E.M., “Final Straw,” Around the Sun, Warner Bros., 2004
Steve Earle, “John Walker’s Blues,” Jerusalem, E-Squared & Artemis, 2002
Vic Mensa, “16 Shots,” There’s Alot Going On, Roc Nation, 2016
Richard Thompson, “Fergus Laing,” Still, Concord, 2015
Thursday, “War All the Time,” War All the Time, Island, 2003
Legendary K.O., “George Bush Doesn’t Care About Black People,” (Single), unreleased, 2005
Bob Dylan, “Only A Pawn In Their Game,” The Times They Are A Changin’, Columbia, 1964
Bob Dylan, “Murder Most Foul,” Rough and Rowdy Ways , Columbia, 2020
Bob Dylan, “Goodbye Jimmy Reed,” Rough and Rowdy Ways , Columbia, 2020
Bob Dylan, “Crossing The Rubicon,” Rough and Rowdy Ways , Columbia, 2020
Bob Dylan, “Key West (Philosopher Pirate),” Rough and Rowdy Ways , Columbia, 2020
Bob Dylan, “I’ve Made Up My Mind To Give Myself To You,” Rough and Rowdy Ways , Columbia, 2020
Bob Dylan, “My Own Version of You,” Rough and Rowdy Ways , Columbia, 2020
Romeo Void, “A Girl In Trouble (Is a Temporary Thing),” Instincts, Columbia, 1984
Bill Withers, “Ain’t No Sunshine (Live),” Live at Carnegie Hall, Sussex, 1973
Blondie, “Hanging on the Telephone,” Parallel Lines, Chrysalis, 1978
Tori Amos, “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Little Earthquakes, Atlantic, 1992
No Doubt, “It’s My Life,” Boom Box, Interscope, 2003
Kill Dozer, “American Pie,” For Ladies Only, Touch And Go, 1989
Andy Shauf, “The Neon Skyline,” Living Room, Anti-, 2020