Recent events in Wisconsin have prompted two members of the Mountain Goats – John Darnielle and Peter Hughes – to produce covers of pro-union songs. First up was John Darnielle’s cover of Billy Bragg’s “Power in an Union.” On the vimeo page, John writes:
Everybody knows I don’t generally do the acoustic guitar guy rocking political jams deal but as a former member of SEIU 660 & the California Association of Psychiatric Technicians & a kid who benefited from great teachers I wanted to spend tonight saying WE ARE ON YOUR SIDE xo jd
In response, Peter Hughes recorded a cover of “Themselves” by The Minutemen. In the blog post where the cover first appeared, Peter writes:
Not exactly a union song per se, but a call to arms and the song that’s been in my head on continuous repeat for about the last two years.
Great stuff, and hopefully motivational. Check them both out below: