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The Herd, a band who is notorious for rapping about political conflicts, have interpreted John Shummans I was only 19

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The Herd, a band who is notorious for rapping about political conflicts, have interpreted John Shumman’s ‘I was only 19’ for a new generation. Their motivation was to draw the attention to the subject of war, whilst still appealing to the modern audience. With the use of modern vernacular, inspiration of recent wars, and the hip-hop medium they have managed to reinvent a classic. The Herd tried to use the hip-hop medium as a method of urban story telling, to display the significances in a way that will appeal to the modern audience. As the responder, I feel that it’s indicative of how our generation is naïve and cannot simply have the initiative to listen to the original. ...read more.

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A major reason to why The Herd released a version of the song is that they believe that war is an issue that should not be moderated thus taking this song and arranging it for the audience of today’s society, so that they respond to the messages and the significance, but more so understand the intensity of the lyrics. Unfortunately they have made small alterations in the lyrics, using modern vernacular, which seem to be cliché and even offensive towards a responder of the targeted audience. With phrases such as “Cause’ it’s like, man, he’s sad”, and poor use of words like, “I can’t hardly eat” creates a generalization of the younger generations. This is one aspect that can be seen as a direct attack and later discards original respect, consequently leaving an uninterested audience. ...read more.

Conclusion

Ultimately this can be taken as one reason for refashioning the song, assuring that new recruits to the Army Services aren’t as naïve as those in the past. In conclusion, The Herd is a band not reluctant of having their say about politics, with that, there is the issue of war being promoted but discouraged in today’s society, therefore they can perform the cover with sincerity, as the ideals behind it are something they can relate to and support. As the responder I disagree with the result of the cover, but in it’s entirety I believe it was an opportunity that they have taken with great success. The Changes to tempo, and the modern alterations, have given the audience a feeling of familiarity and a chance to relate to common issues, allowing them to extend the feeling of sympathy, and their opinions about war and it’s consequences. ...read more.

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