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Rapport Series XXVI: Blacklist Studio

  • Publish Date:2020-02-13
Rapport Series XXVI Blacklist Studio

A Democracy Bumpkin

"Hong Kong, add oil."

"I only have 90 seconds to honor 'Blacklist Studio' and that era, so please bear with me for skipping the small talk."

"In the year of 1989, the Berlin Wall collapsed, the June 4 Tiananmen Square incident took place, Cheng Nan-jung (鄭南榕) sacrificed himself for democracy, and Blacklist Studio released the 'Songs of Madness (抓狂歌).' It was the year when the world went all out to move towards a new order of having more freedom and democracy. However, the authority of this land continued to go unchecked, it was self-conceited and persistent in its practice."

"After the lifting of martial law, the freedom of speech and democracy was still under a close, secret monitoring, though Blacklist Studio wasn't afraid of such practice. The music group played a marching song of democracy called 'A Democracy Bumpkin (民主阿草),' and to warn against capitalism through another song 'Imperial Taipei (台北帝國).' The song 'Xinzhuang Street (新莊街),' on the other hand, hails Taiwan's native aesthetics."

"'Songs of Madness' subverted the conservative history of the government's decree on music, and opened a new era of independence and autonomy for Taiwan's pop music."

"'Lullabies (搖籃曲)' was like a motherly reminder to show tolerance toward the disorderly and competitive society, and to cherish the values of multicultural Taiwan."

"Pop music symbolizes the spirit and cultural of the featured era. We thank those who participated in this project and all musicians of the era, let's give a big round of applause for the receipt of the 30th Golden Melody Awards' Special Contribution Award, and the spiritual guide of that era – Blacklist Studio."