Cool mid-range score for me, I was thinking of submitting Gaga's Gypsy but then thought of the Presets one.
Looks like mine was set from a similar angle to MIA's Borders, only not quite as blatant. Looking into the background of the writing of My People
, 'boat people' and the goings on at detention centres both on and offshore is pretty much always periodically in the news and is a hot political topic in Australia. The song is as relevant today as it was when it was big (circa 2008, nominated for ARIA Single of the Year (winning Best Video) and it's parent album Apocalypso
winning several ARIA awards including AOTY).
The song was written by Julian Hamilton about asylum seekers in Australian detention centres. "I wanted to write a song about [...] this horrible phenomenon where people come out here in search of a better life and we lock them up. I felt so horrible about the way we treat these destitute people that I wanted to write a desperate-sounding song – the line 'let me hear you scream if you're with me' could be understood to come from the perspective of someone who is locked up, needing to hear that there are people outside who are behind him and supporting him."
Kim Moyes said "In a lot of ways [the song is] a 'mega-mix' of three or four Presets ideas and it's a really glued-together, solid Presets [song]. It's very informed by the touring process and crowd reactions."
Despite its eventual success, the group initially had doubts if radio would play it due to the track's heaviness. Kim Moyes told Rolling Stone Australia: "I remember when we played it to our record company and they were like 'we love it but how the heck are we going to get this on the radio?' There were even doubts about how much Triple J would get behind it, let alone any commercial stations."
Wonder what the next theme could be.