Writer-director Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers) is no stranger to politics (witness his co-scripting of the Will Ferrell Broadway show, You’re Welcome America. A Final Night With George W. Bush) nor music (witness the jazz-flute stylings of Mr. Ron Burgundy). Now, the Funny Or Die honcho has combined these two interests in a website called Public Domain Protest Song, which launched today and will act as a showcase for newly penned protest songs that “aren’t owned by anyone.”
McKay outlined his reasons for setting up for the site in an article for the Huffington Post: “Other than Green Day we haven’t had a lot of protest music over the past few decades. Sure Rage Against the Machine was amazing and Neil Young had his say about Bush, but I’m always amazed how even small local bands stay away from the fact that our country is being ripped off, polarized and lied to by huge corporations that don’t pay taxes and weirdo billionaires who inherited all their money … We want to support the songs that will be played at rallies, punk or folk shows, rap concerts and on iPods for the next 10 years. We want the “God Save the Queen” or the “Maggie’s Farm” of our times. We know it’s out there.”
McKay himself has gotten the status quo-blasting ball rolling by co-writing a clutch of songs, including the punky, expletive-featuring call-to-arms “Public Domain.”
Check out the tracks, and tell us what you think.