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Brian May, Slash, Shara Nelson feature on badger protest song

By | Published on Wednesday 5 June 2013

Badger Swagger

When people complain that there’s not enough protest music out there any more, I’m not sure this is what they had in mind. Still, it counts. Arts and entertainment company Artful Badger has called together a group of musicians to release a song raising awareness of the government’s planned badger cull later this year, and the campaign to stop it.

Entitled ‘Badger Swagger’, the track features head badger campaigner Brian May on piano and guitar, while vocals are handled by rapper Sonny Green. Amongst the other musicians on the track are singer Shara Nelson and Slash, who throws in a guitar solo, which he recently said sounded like “a bunch of hooligan badgers in a pub”. Why not spend a minute trying to imagine what that sounds like? There’s also a spoken word section from David Attenborough.

No word on the progress of Brian May’s own protest song, a new version 2003 internet meme ‘Badger Badger Badger’, which, as previously reported, he previewed at a meeting of protest group the Team Badger Coalition in April.

But now, let’s have a listen to see if you were right about what Slash’s raucous badger guitar sound is like: