Racist Friend 2020

by Me Mom & Morgentaler

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Racist Friend 2020 (Dick Cuthell / Jerry Dammers / John Bradbury / Noah Green) If you have a racist friend
Now is the time, now is the time for your friendship to end Be it your sister
Be it your brother
Be it your cousin or your, uncle or your lover
 If you have a racist friend
now is the time, now is the time for your friendship to end Be it your best friend
Or any other
Is it your husband or your father or your mother? Tell them Change their views
Or change their friends
Now is the time, now is the time, for your friendship to end It’s time to stop fucking around, it’s time to stand up and be counted Look, I know the playbook
The racism ain’t a bug, it’s a feature
It’s time to unlearn what they didn’t teach ya We’re out in the streets now, taking the heat now
Facing police down, bracing for beatdowns
They stop ‘em and drop ‘em, they choke ‘em or they shot ‘em Then say it’s bad apples, the whole barrel ́s spoiled rotten
It’s way past time to stop making excuses
It's time to drop these losers
My people are more than collateral damages
Of red lines and hate crimes, and “can I speak to the manager?” We got it on camera but still some deny it
It's time to speak up, they stay quiet
You can ́t stand by it and expect that I would be your friend
It's time to bring this to an end. So if you know a racist who thinks he is your friend Now is the time, now is the time for your friendship to end Call yourself my friend? Now is the time to make up your mind, don't try to pretend So if you are a racist Our friendship has got to end And if your friends are racists Don't pretend to be my friend So if you have a racist friend Now is the time, now is the time for our friendship to end Goodbye


Proceeds from the sales of this single will be donated to À deux mains / Head & Hands in NDG, Montreal, Quebec.

Me Mom & Morgentaler are (virtually) back! The members of the legendary Montreal band, now scattered across the globe, from NDG and Brooklyn to Paris and Barcelona, have recorded a cover of the Special AKA’s 1984 song Racist Friend in aid of MTL Vs Racisme.

Formed in 1988, the band recorded and toured, building a loyal following and a reputation for explosive live shows. After an EP (Clown Heaven and Hell, 1991) a studio album (Shiva Space Machine, 1993) and a live album (We Are Revolting, 1994) and several personnel changes, the band amicably parted ways in 1995. Members went on to further careers in music, cinema and veterinary medicine.

The band, who last performed together for a 2007 reunion, has a history of outspoken antiracism, dating back to confronting neo-Nazi skinheads who erroneously attended their early shows in the Montreal ska scene in the late 1980’s. It was during this time that they first learned Racist Friend as a response to those interlopers.

Three decades later, the song still resonates in today’s polarised world. Despite the pandemic that has swept across continents in 2020, Me Mom’s members were able to record tracks for the song in their various home studio setups, sending them to guitarist/vocalist/producer Gus Van Go to assemble the final version.

They are contributing a video of the song, co-created by drummer/director Sid Santiago and Montreal via NYC longtime friend and film editor Rosella Tursi, to MTL Vs Racisme’s fundraising efforts on September 12, 2020.


released September 7, 2020

Gus Van Go: vocals, guitar
Kim Bingham: vocals
Noah Green: vocals
Adam Bix Berger: vocals, trumpet
John Jordan: vocals, saxophones
Kasia Hering: accordion
Matt Lipscombe: bass
John JB Britton: percussion
Sid Zanforlin: drums

Produced, mixed and mastered by Gus Van Go at the Boiler Room (Montreal)

Dub mix by Dubmatix


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