Dead Kennedys – Soup Is Good Food

There are plenty of lyrics in this 1985 song, for the punk genre. It’s about dead end jobs in which employees are exploited, and made redundant by technology, and then not adequately assisted when seeking unemployment relief through government programs. Disposable grunts can’t even kill themselves as bridge-jumping hurts the tourism industry! That workers are seen as disposable brings a whiff of Marxism.

The U.S. economy was in recession (slowing economic activity) in the early 1980s. Unemployment hit more than 10% in 1982. Not referenced by the song, too, is high inflation at the time; rising costs of goods would make it even harder for someone “on the dole” to get by.

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