11 years later, ‘The Fear’ by Lily Allen still proves its relevance
December 3, 2019 Shaina Dulay
“I don’t know what’s right and what’s real anymore.” In 2019, iconic hit ‘The Fear’ by Lily Allen is still relevant in our society.
In case you were barely alive back then or just simply missed all the times it used to play on the radio, ‘The Fear’ by Lily Allen is one of the most phenomenal songs when it comes to message. During its time in fact, it also won numerous awards for its musicality and lyrical goodness. Now, 11 years after it was released on December 3, 2009, it still proves how relevant it is in our current society.
But again, in case you missed it before or just want to listen to it with us now, here is the official music video for ‘The Fear’.
Somehow, it’s really hypnotic right? While listening throughout the whole song, we just can’t help but feel like we’re in a trance. Lily Allen’s voice was just really, really beautiful. Moreover, it was also remarkable how her British accent still stays even while singing—she really is one of a kind.
Societal relevance of ‘The Fear’
To look more into the message of the song and how it is still timely, let us dissect some really important lyrics. And then, we will compare it to a similar situation in our current society. Just look at the lyrics written in the GIF below and take note what certain things come to your mind.
Life’s about film stars and less about mothers
It’s all about fast cars and cussing each other
But it doesn’t matter ’cause I’m packing plastic
And that’s what makes my life so fucking fantastic
Isn’t this also true though? We do focus on famous people like celebrities and even influencers. Moreover, in the age of social media and call-out culture, there’s no denying that people curse other people more than before. It is just saddening because oftentimes, people forget that at the other side of their screen is another living person with feelings whose dignity should also be respected.
I am a weapon of massive consumption
And it’s not my fault, it’s how I’m programmed to function
I’ll look at The Sun and I’ll look in The Mirror
I’m on the right track yeah we’re onto a winner
Notice how the lyrics also include some famous media tabloids and how they serve as basis to some people’s behaviors. Because even if we admit it or not, humans often ride on the bandwagon, doing what the majority does—we like to fit in. However, we should be critical when what we’re doing as individuals is causing more harm than good.
Also, just ponder upon that satirical comment on capitalism. Ugh Lily Allen, we stan! Of course, there are a lot of things that we still need to criticize in our current society. But for now, we are just thankful that songs like ‘The Fear’ exist to make us think.
It may not be enough to bring change, but if more music like this continue to propagate popular media, who knows how it could affect the collective minds of people?
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