Saturday, 19 March 2011

Readers recommend: songs about the police

Anything you say about this week's topic will be taken down and given in evidence

The long arm of the law has featured in popular song since before the days of Robert Peel. Their role is particularly ripe for ridicule and broadside, since they represent the front line of the state. The police are an easy target for a singer looking to strike a rebellious pose.

Kettling demonstrators, miscarriages of justice ... for a variety of reasons, the police often get a bad press. But spare a thought for the boys and girls in blue: cuts in funding mean Britain's police officers are facing a pay freeze and job cuts.

So let's have some positive as well as negative tunes about the police.

The toolbox:

* This week's collaborative Spotify playlist

* The RR archive

* The Marconium (blog containing a wealth of data on RR)

* The 'Spill (blog for the RR community)

Please do:

* Post your nominations before midday on Tuesday if you wish them to be considered.

* Write a few lines advocating the merits of your choices.

But please don't:

* Post more than one third of the lyrics of any song.

* Dump lists of nominations. If you must post more than two or three at once, please attempt to justify your choices.

Cut-out-and-keep guide to the strange words used by regular RR posters:

* Dond: To second another reader's nomination. Here's how the word was coined.

* Zedded: The song has already been included in an A-list (and so convention dictates it cannot be included in another one)

* Assfairy: Nope, I'm still not sure what that means. If anyone can provide a concise definition, I'll include it in future blogs.

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