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Buy Thee Faction’s LP: Reading Writing Revolution

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Reading Writing Revolution, or, The Tendency of the Rate of Profit to Fall, is the fifth album from legends of Socialist RnB Thee Faction. It’s yours for £7.

Track listing: Choose your enemy/(You’ve got the) numbers (why don’t you use it?)/The Three Rs/Rent strike/Bastards/Socialism:utopian & scientific/Police state/(Get it out) of your system/Strictly come marching/Equality/Bubble club

Reading Writing Revolution £7

Not sure? Here’s the first single from Reading Writing Revolution:

Like it? Download it for free:

And here’s the second single. With a selection of pictures and numbers to look at:

And here’s the title track:

Now buy the album.

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This Machine Kills Capitalism – Buy Thee Faction’s ‘Good Politics’ – the new album

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“a dose of wildly galvanising, blisteringly angry, insanely entertaining blue collar rock’n’roll….mixing the grungey pub rock power of Dr Feelgood with the bolshy brass of Dexys, virtually every track is scalp-pricklingly good…” (Mojo – 4/5)

“The pseudonymous collective purvey piledriving, brassy RnB and proletarian-rousing politics, and deliver both with unapologetic gusto, at a time when both are needed more than ever….they offer a blood transfusion to the world-weary, painfully over-sophisticated state of 21st century pop.” (Classic Rock 8/10)

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If you are desperately trying to find the soundtrack to the fightback against neo-liberalism, and this Tory-led government. If you are desperate for solution songs, not protest songs. If you’re wondering what happened to noisy soul bands with guitars and horns. If you want a brilliant album for only £7 (incl.P&P), then look no further. Thee Faction’s third studio album – Good Politics: Your Role As An Active Citizen in Civil Society – is out now. If you’re happy with the Mumford-isation of music, then this is not for you. But if you know, deep in your soul, that art is a hammer not a mirror, and if you need music free of ego and rammed full of devastating political analysis delivered with joy, hope and humour, you really need this record.

Like all those TV-advertised compilation albums in the 80s that you didn’t want, Thee Faction’s albums are not available in the shops.* Neither are they available for download. We don’t want intermediaries, and we don’t think you should have our music without the carefully considered and designed packaging that accompanies it. So you can only get it direct from us. Order right now and we’ll dispatch it within a day.

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As well as live favourites ‘Better Than Wages’, ‘It Don’t Work’, ‘Employment’ and ‘Con-Dem-Nation’, the album contains some surprise treats, including ‘What Suzy Digs’, featuring our favourite living author – Francis Wheen (biographer of Karl Marx) – on tremendous lead vocals. Richard Archer out of Hard Fi pops up on vocals as usual, of course, as well as all sorts of other special guests, including the legend that is Keith TOTP. The artwork comes, yet again, courtesy of our favourite cartoonist – the Independent’s Andy Watt.

So you’re getting a beautifully packaged album, full of special guests and socialist hits. For £7. Wherever you live. It’s £7. Including postage. We may even chuck in a badge.

Still not entirely sure? Here’s a trailer for the album to convince you:

Here’s the video to the remix of ‘Better Than Wages’ Andy Lewis (off of out of Paul Weller’s band) did for us:

Want to read the pre-release reviews in full? Here’s the Mojo one:

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and here’s the Classic Rock one:

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There’ll be more reviews now the record’s out, of course. But get in now. Get your copy. It’s the soundtrack to the class war. It’ll put a smile on your face and hope in your heart. And an analysis on your tongue. A socialist needs nothing else.

So waste no time. Buy it now:

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Come on. Help a DIY band out. You may have given up buying records. Make an exception. Cos this one’s for the Movement. Order now. £7 including P&P. Click through and order.

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*well, bar a couple of ultra-comradely ones run by people we love and trust.

New Single – Better Than Wages – Download for free

Today we release our brand new single: Better Than Wages. Download it here for free. And share very very widely.

Of course, if you prefer to be able to watch pictures while listening to your Socialist RnB, you can watch the video here:

There’s an album version too, which will be the opening track on Good Politics: Your Role As An Active Citizen in Civil Society. But this single is a bit special. It’s a remix by one of our staunchest comrades Andy Lewis. He’s popped it up some, emphasising the horns and throwing some noises in, and we like it very much. But if your preference is for our more traditional massive guitar onslaught, don’t worry: the album version has more than enough guitar to please you. Keep an eye on the news from Soviet Beret for details of how to get your copy.

Meanwhile, do your bit and send this single viral. Link to this page and get everyone you know to download it. There will be rewards that are better than wages. But not ’til we all actively seek them out. Let’s up the consciousness, comrades. Do your bit.

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We, the undersigned – a message from the Guild

Errrm, a couple of dubious guests at this party. But you get the idea.

Back in the 1980s, when Thee Faction last toured and the last time Socialism was high on the agenda as a replacement for self-serving Conservatism, there was lots of bickering amongst the left. Thatcher was able to win the war of position as the left ripped itself apart in the UK into social democrats and Militants, into north and south, into Old and New, into optimists and pessimists.

Social democracy was the compromise; The New Labour project made a pact with capitalism. (Unsurprisingly as British history is currently in a period of “self” – if the immediate post-war period from 1945 to 1979 was essentially about “us”.). Capital has decisively globalised and rules the western world, leaving Governments incapable of regulation; and sadly the trade union movement has been weakened as a countervailing force. The Labour Party (which is the political wing of the Labour Movement) lost the 2010 election and has been relatively quiet since the leadership election. Thee Faction are concerned the Movement has lost its way.

But we do not want to go back to the days of bickering in the Movement. Thee Faction are not suggesting a “fourth way”. We suggest the first way. Route One. Plan A.

Allow us to elucidate…

Since the last Thee Faction tour much has changed. Our culture has become all about commodity. The Cold war has thawed, Communism is no longer the propagandists’ bete noir- “terrorism” is. The “top-down” politics of old has been replaced by social networking which gives new opportunities to foster action. Those on the left who clung to the old model of centralised statism have found themselves marginalised by the New Labour project who bullshitted us all in to a belief that capitalism would help bring stability to our economy and provide us with resources. It didn’t. The financial collapse proved social democracy had simply papered over the cracks. The markets were strong, the Tories were a shambles so the project held on for 13 years – but the poor got poorer and new wars began. This is a Conservative country and despite some amelioration the New Labour project offered no alternative to unrestrained markets – a world in in which the sphere of non-economic life is squeezed by more production and pointless consumption of crap. The only plan was to cream off some tax from the above to fund social programmes. New Labour never talked up the morality of redistribution. Goodwill was squandered. Old Labour gave up, New Labour embraced the new world uncritically and now the movement is in danger of coming to a standstill.

The light at the end of the tunnel is behind us. Turn around and there it is. It’s where we came in.

Ed's joined our campaign for a deft left. Will you?

We call it the Deft Left. Ed Milliband has used the ‘S word’ recently, and encouragingly seems to understand this burgeoning branch of new Old-Fashioned Socialism The Deft Left is rooted in the idea of the GOOD society and therefore the necessity of reform of state and market. Keep going Ed. Folks are angry, tired and alienated. Folks understand they should not have to repair the symptoms of recession, but the causes.

So.

1) The Deft Left focuses on the non-material things that foster contentment. Steady, stay with us, this ain’t no Nylons hippy shit. We’re talking dignity of labour, quality of time, placing more value on co-operation to build a culture deeper than conspicuous consumption. The Deft Left redfines “aspiration” to mean an ambition to live in a society which is safe, caring and neighbourly where everyone can reach their potential. Where ‘status anxiety’ is recherché.

2) The Deft Left understands that capitalism is as destructive as it is creative. Unless it’s shaped it undermines society and community. Capitalism will eat itself: the trailblazing entrepreneur is currently sidelined by the monopoly; the town-centre is overshadowed by the out-of-town shopping complex. Currently we regulate people. Let’s regulate markets. The bond market pools its sovereignty and can destroy economies, so let’s beat them at their own game by pooling Economies (For starters (i) control speculative capital, (ii) co-ordinate corporation tax, and (iii) a Europe wide-minimum wage).

3) The Deft Left recognises the state and finds its bureaucratic system in crisis. Its scope therefore must be radically democratised, made accountable, made responsive. The state must be reinvented through the principles of co-production. Heath, Education, Transport and Social Care MUST be immediately freed from the outsourced for-profit organisations and reshaped collectively.

The Labour Movement now has to recognise that sharing the proceeds of ever-increasing material wealth is a sham. The notion in Spain, Britain, Ireland, Greece etc that property prices and speculative markets would rise ad infinitum has been exposed as a crock of shit. The Deft Left suggests The Labour Movement properly engages in a war of position – offering a redistribution of time, power, esteem and well-being as the only alternative to the treadmill of consumerism.

The Tory Government has been given an opportunity to make things worse for us, to divide us further, to protect their interests in a world of ever-decreasing returns. They are, however inept cunts and the country has got wise to them very quickly. This is, comrade, OUR glorious opportunity. No compromise.

Thee Faction are opportunists yes. And we are optimists. We can see the future. And the future is YOU.