I don’t know about the world at large, but it’s certainly changed my world. I used to live in a country town where the only radio station was 4LM Classic Country Hits. When I was 13 we got a new radio station that played actual up-to-date rock music and even hip hop. Not only did it give me a life-long obsession with music, it gave me a connection to the wider world and a sense of belonging that was invaluable.
Hey Steven — Good luck down there; hope electricity and visibility return to Baton Rogue soon.
Off the top of my head:
John Cafferty – On the Dark Side
Angry Samoans – Lights Out
Dropkick Murphys – Blackout (originally Woody Guthrie, though I’ve never heard his version)
Richard and Linda Thompson – Shoot Out The Lights
Richard Thompson, Flying Burrito Bros, James Carr, etc. – Dark End of the Street
Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit (“when the light’s out it’s less dangerous”)
Rolling Stones – Paint It Black (“I have to turn my head until my darkness goes,” “It’s not easy facin’ up when your whole world is black,” etc.)
Maybe toss in Garth Brooks’s “Callin’ Baton Rouge” while you’re at it?
As for the question above, sorry, but it strikes me as even sillier than the last one. Though, if I’m not mistaken, the correct answer has something to do with Vaclav Havel and the Plastic People Of The Universe.
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down by The Band can work wonders for those folks down South after Gustav and Ike. I also happen to think The Band’s first two albums, if really listened to, can start pointing the country in a better and more grounded direction. It’s “roots” music for North America at its best.