Peace guitarist Doug Castle appeared on BBC Radio 5 on Sunday (October 20), making fun of Chancellor George Osborne during a discussion about the current state of protest music.
Castle appeared alongside Eastenders actor Ricky Norwood, Tory MP David Ruffley and punk singer Louise Distras on John Pienaar’s Radio 5 show Pienaar’s Politics to discuss the role of protest songs in modern music when a story about Osborne’s supposed love of Bob Dylan was raised by Ruffley.
Discussing the value of protest songs, Ruffley said: “A lot of popular music is throwaway stuff. True story, I was giving George Osborne a lift before the last general election and I had Bob Dylan’s greatest hits on and the first note of ‘The Times They Are A-Changin” came on and Osborne went straight into, ‘Come senators, congressmen.’ He knew his Dylan. It’s universal and it endures, unlike some popular music. I’d like to see more protest music that can last 40 years.”
Castle replied to the story by laughing and saying, “I’m sure that’s a true story. It’s just been ruined on so many levels.” The full episode of Pienaar’s Politics can be streamed via the BBC iPlayer here. Scroll to 45 minutes in to begin the protest music part of the show.
Peace recently announced details of their biggest UK tour to date. Kicking off in Nottingham on November 29, the stint also includes two nights at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire before finishing up at Birmingham’s Academy on December 13. Support will come from Sheffield duo Drenge, incidentally the favourite new band of Labour MP Tom Watson.
Peace released their debut album ‘In Love’ in March 2013
Peace will play:
Rock City, Nottingham (November 29)
QMU, Glasgow (November 30)
Hoult’s Yard, Newcastle (December 1)
Met, Leeds (2)
East Village Arts Club, Liverpool (3)
Academy, Oxford (5)
Shepherds Bush Empire, London (6, 7)
Pyramid, Portsmouth (8)
Waterfront, Norwich (10)
Ritz, Manchester (11)
Anson Rooms, Bristol (12)
Academy, Birmingham (13)