Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Don't Give Hate A Chance

Jay Kay, lead singer of Jamiroquai, here an animated character, fights military oppression and discrimination against "the other", represented by animated characters in different colours. Group identity is based on the colour the individuals share, discrimination is based on the colour of "the other" (for an in-depth analysis of this clip see e.g. Richard et al., 2007).
Directors: Alexandre Courtes, Martin Fougerole (2005); signature style inspired by Osvaldo Cavandoli's "La Linea" (1968)


Richard, B., Grünwald, J. & Betten, I. (2007) Uniformität ist bilderfreundlich! Vestimentäre und choreographische Strategien als Aneignung von Nicht-Orten im Musikvideo. In: Mengtes, G., Neuland-Kitzerow, D. & Richard, B. (eds.) Uniformierungen in Bewegung, 57-74. Münster: Waxmann

Why can't we be (together)? 
Could you love me, don't hate me I don't see (why can't we live together) 
Maybe we could get it on (maybe we could get it on) 
Should be our destiny 
There's a cold streak living (inside us) 
There's no rainbows... just bullets and bombs 
If you want to rise up 
We can make this hate stop 
Now don't you want to rise up

We've been giving hate a chance 
(We've got all this love to give, you know) 
And the love will be running out for us 
Can you feel the dreams of life 
We're hoping we can still survive 
As the wind carries every dove away

So why do we see (these colours) 
It's only skin deep, don't mean a thing 
(So clear underneath this we're all brothers) 
Can't you see it's killing us (Can't you see it's killing us) 
Can't you see it's killing me 
Trigger happy fantasy 
So stand up and be (so strong now) 
Freedom is not so far away 
If you know you want to rise up 
We can make this hate stop 
Don't you want to rise up

The wind carries every dove away 
The wind carries every dove away (every dove away) 
Dove, dove, dove, dove, dove, dove, dove

Now you've been taking our dignity for too long 
I want to save this sanctity that we hold 
And who's right and who's wrong 
We're not so different anyway 
Words are in this song
Can't we stop the fighting?


Don't give this hate a chance 
We've got all this love to give, you know 
That this dream's alive, will still survive 
Until no more people have to cry 
Don't give this hate a chance 
We've got all this love to give, you know 
That this dream's alive, will still survive 
Until no more people have to cry 
Don't give this hate a chance 
We've got all this love to give, you know 
That this dream's alive, will still survive 
Until no more people have to cry (via)

12 comments:

  1. Oh, how nice!

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  2. Great clip! Love La Linea!

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    1. So do I ... La Linea is superb. Many thanks, Sam!

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  3. Frans Gunnarsson8 October 2014 at 13:59

    Oh, I never came across the video! Nice!

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    1. I'm happy to hear you discovered it here - what a lousy rhyme :-) Thanks, Frans!

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