1960

SECURITY * TARHILL SLIM AND LITTLE ANN * FIRE 1030 * USA

Released in the opening year of the 19 60s, but definitely a 'Rocker' from the previous decade, Security is an energetic call and response number that manages to be both light hearted and serious at the same time.

Security as a concept is often found in Soul music but as the meanings of words shift along with the of culture so it is that anyone looking up the word security today on Wikipedia would find a totally different explanation to the one that Little Ann is calling for.

Wikipedia has for its entry: "Security is the degree of protection against danger, damage, loss, and crime" and goes on to quote that security "a form of protection where a separation is created between the assets and the threat". The emphasis in Wikipedia is clearly drifting towards property and crime and by extension the need for 'security services', as part of the social infrastructure of society under the agency of the service industries.

Whereas the OED emphasises the emotional aspect relating to the individual and his/her wellbeing, with: "Freedom from doubt. Now chiefly, well-founded confidence, certainty. ďAnd "Freedom from care, anxiety or apprehension ; a feeling of safety."

And while both definitions carry the elements of each other it is the second, OED, definition I would say that Tarhill Slim and Little Ann are thinking of when this record was cut.

This slight shift in emphasis gives a clear insight into how much our mental and environmental conditions have changed since the 1960s.  

Around the end of the 20th century left wing academics and activists in Britain and Europe began using the word precarity to describe and encapsulate how they saw the capitalist system engineering an unstable and precarious state of employment.

Unfortunately little or nothing was said about the stateís role in this transition from the certainty of a job for life to one of temporary or fluid employment contracts (unless you worked for the state), and while the unions stood by and allowed this to happen (partly because it was also in their interest as a precarious situation ensured the need for their existence and partly because the Labour party was channelling millions of pounds into the Unions coffers under the Union Modernisation Fund) the state was busily deconstructing the culture and methodologyís of Great Britainís industrial economy, and attempting to replace it with an informationalised one, based largely on immaterial goods and services.

This fundamental change in the structure of Britainís economy and its culture by the Labour party also saw our everyday lives being defined as precarious with the carefully constructed threat of terrorism and the myth of Global Warming. If the terrorist bomb didnít get you the weather would!

This creation of a common feeling of insecurity led to a new kind of consumption, the consumption of protection. Protection (security), for the self, which you would pay for, and your country, which you would also pay for, and for your planet, you pay again.

This is borne out with the British Labour party taking Britain into a prolonged and expensive war in Afghanistan on the pretext of security for Britain.

See also:

Can't Stay Away Much Too late Lock Me Into your Heart Number 9 Train

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