The Criminologist’s Mixtape Part II: Shooting Into The Light

Last week I published my personal list of crime themed songs covering the time up to 1980. Today I continue this project with songs from 1980 to 1999. So without further ado, here we go:

1) Peter Gabriel – Family Snapshot (1980)

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‘Family Snapshot’ was inspired by ‘An Assassin’s Diary‘, a book based on the diary of the Arthur Bremer who attempted to kill an Alabama Governor in 1972.

2) Bruce Sprinsteen – Nebraska (1982)

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This song is based on the true case of Charles Starkweather who killed eleven people between 1938 and 1959.

3) Tom Waits – Frank’s Wild Years (1983)

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4) Midnight Oil – Beds are Burning (1987)

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The history of Australia is rife with violence against indiginous peoples. One of these people are the Pintupi who were displaced in the 1940 to 1980s. Midnight Oil chose this group as an object for their song, creating a powerfull appeal for reperations and justice.

5) The Smiths – Shoplifters of the World Unite (1987)

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midnight oil - beds are burning

midnight oil -beds are burning

Out where the river broke
The bloodwood and the desert oak
Holden wrecks and boiling diesels
Steam in forty five degrees

The time has come
To say fairs fair
To pay the rent
To pay our share
The time has come
A facts a fact
It belongs to them
Lets give it back

How can we dance when our earth is turning
How do we sleep when our beds are burning

Four wheels scare the cockatoos
From kintore east to yuendemu
The western desert lives and breathes
In forty five degrees

(live - on scream in blue
The time has come
A facts a fact
It belongs to us all
Lets give it back)

Kylie Minogue, Nick Cave

Kylie Minogue & Nick Cave - Where The Wild Roses Grow
the duo

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