Morning Song – We Are Sudamerican Rockers
Here’s the thing about violent political repression: it works. At least for a while.
In the aftermath of the military coup that overthrew (with the aid of the Nixon administration) the democratically elected Chilean government of Salvador Allende, thousands of people were killed or “disappeared”. The Nueva Canción Chilena (New Chilean Song) movement was among the casualties of the coup, most literally and graphically with the torture and execution of its leading voice, Victor Jara.
But “everything that dies some day comes back“; and songs of resistance to the junta came back to Chile in the 1980s with punk rockers like Los Prisioneros and songs like “We Are Sudamerican Rockers” – sneering, irreverent, self-deprecating, hard-rocking, defiant songs that won the band a widespread and passionate following…and repeated censorship from the weakening Pinochet dictatorship.