Music Industry

Songs About the Music Industry & Antibalas

What happens when artists take a look inward at the music business? Jim and Greg play the best Songs About the Music Industry. Then, they sit down with the dynamic Antibalas, an Afrobeat orchestra.

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Songs About the Music Industry

Rock ‘n’ roll is all about railing against the“man.”And for musicians, there's no bigger man than the record business. Some songs celebrate music's great A&R men and women or label heads. Many more skewer the suits. Here are Jim and Greg's favorites:





Jim and Greg are joined by Antibalas, a Brooklyn-based afrobeat band. The 12-piece group has specialized in socially aware horn-heavy music inspired by afrobeat artists like Fela Kuti. They've recorded 6 albums, and have also collaborated with other artists like Mark Ronson and The Dap-Kings. The group spoke with Jim and Greg about the messages in their music, notable collaborations, and about how the changing music industry has impacted a band their size.

Featured Songs

  1. Nick Lowe, I Love My Label, Jesus of Cool, Radar, 1978
  2. A Tribe Called Quest, Show Business (feat. Diamond D, Lord Jamar and Sadat X), The Low End Theory, Jive, 1991
  3. Graham Park and the Rumour, Mercury Poisoning, Squeezing Out Sparks, Arista, 1979
  4. Public Enemy, Caught, Can We Get a Witness, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Def Jam, 1988
  5. Aimee Mann, Nothing Is Good Enough, Magnolia, Warner Bros., 1999
  6. Patti Smith, So You Want To Be (A Rock ‘N’ Roll Star), Wave, Arista, 1979
  7. The Buggles, Video Killed The Radio Star, The Age of Plastic, Island, 1980
  8. John Fogerty, Vanz Kant Danz, Centerfield, Warner Bros., 1985
  9. Blackalicious, Deception, Nia, Mo' Wax, 1999
  10. Local H, Laminate Man, Pack Up the Cats, Island, 1998
  11. Sex Pistols, E.M.I., Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, Virgin, 1977
  12. Pink Floyd, Have a Cigar, Wish You Were Here, Harvest, 1975
  13. Antibalas, Sa-re-Kon Kon, Antibalas, Daptone, 2012
  14. Antibalas, Dirty Money, Antibalas, Daptone, 2012
  15. Fela Kuti and The Africa '70, Let's Start (feat. Ginger Baker), Live!, Signpost, 1971
  16. Fela Kuti, Water Get No Enemy (feat. Sahr Ngaujah & Saycon Sengbloh), FELA! (Original Broadway Cast Recording), Knitting Factory, 2010
  17. The Sway Machinery, Purity and Danger, Purity and Danger, 3rd Generation, 2015
  18. Mark Ronson, Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars), Uptown Special, RCA, 2015
  19. Jovanotti, Melagioco (feat. Antibalas), Lorenzo 2015 CC., Universal, 2015
  20. The Dap-Kings, Casella Walk (feat. Bosco Mann), Make It Good To Me (single), Daptone, 2002
  21. Antibalas, Indictment, Who Is This America?, Ropeadope, 2004
  22. Antibalas, Filibuster XXX, Security, ANTI-, 2007
  23. Antibalas, Gold Rush, Where the Gods Are in Peace, Daptone, 2017
  24. Antibalas, Gold Rush (Live on Sound Opinions), Where the Gods Are in Peace, Daptone, 2017
  25. Chris Montez, Call Me, Call Me (single), A&M, 1965
  26. Ry Cooder, Paris, Texas, Paris, Texas (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Warner Bros., 1985
  27. Mayssa Karaa, White Rabbit (Arabic Version), American Hustle (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Sony Classical, 2013
  28. Jefferson Airplane, Embryonic Journey, Surrealistic Pillow, RCA, 1967
  29. Ritchie Havens, Follow, Mixed Bag, Verve, 1966
  30. Judy Collins, Who Knows Where the Time Goes, Who Knows Where the Time Goes, Elektra, 1968
  31. Lulu, To Sir With Love, To Sir With Love (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Fontana, 1967