The Safe Listening List – BDS Busters



Roger Waters got me extremely agitated this week. Pink Floyd were my favourite band when I was a teenager, and I still think that their creative output beginning with the album “Meddle” and ending with “The Wall” is the musical version of Sandy Koufax pitching between 1961 – 1966 – i.e. as close to perfect as you can get (cricket fans, think Don Bradman). I spent a huge chunk of my hard earned cash (believe me, working in that laundromat was not fun) on Mr. Waters’ records, CDs and other paraphernalia. So how am I supposed to react when I finally realise (after many years floating in a river in Egypt) that Roger Waters actually hates my guts? I actually feel pain now when I hear his music.

And he’s not the only one. Elvis Costello, Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder…. all make me feel guilty when i listen to their music. Like I’m stalking an ex-girlfriend who despises me. What I really need is to turn my affection to someone who deserves it.

So I started to make a “safe listening list” of artists who I know don’t buy into the BDS crap. I know because each one of them has defied intense pressure, including death threats, to come and either play a live concert in Israel, or at the very least, proudly and unashamedly visit and show some solidarity. The criteria are that they must have been in Israel since Operation Cast Lead in 2008, which is when the pressure on artists to not play in Israel really began in earnest.

A similar list of pro-Israel celebs has been compiled on Israellycool in the past but i figured its time to update that list, and this one is specifically concerned with music.

UPDATE: I want to make this perfectly clear: I am NOT trying to organise a boycott of any artists. This is the equivalent of a “Buy Local” campaign. Encouragement to show some love to people who deserve it.

The Safe Listening List

I’m sure I’ve left quite a few worthy musicians off the list. Feel free to point them out in the comments and I’ll update.

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Having been brainwashed at a young age, Jono moved to Occupied Palestine 20+ years ago from Australia. After 15 years selling insipid Jew technology to immoral, BDS snubbing foreigners he decided the ultimate evil would be to sell the cancerous Zionist Regime as a product itself. He now works selling luxury private tours of the heinous Zionazi hellhole to infidel supporters of Apartheid, colonialism and Western Imperialism.