I think this is an AWESOME thread (at least at the start
) and a great idea. I'd nominate an Iron Maiden song about communism and how it destroyed lives and killed over 100 million people. Maybe basing it on the minutiae-obsessed novels of Josef Skvorecky, where life goes on but is permeated by communistic madness. They could even title the song "Engineer of Human Souls," and have a 10 minute epic (not unlike WTWW
about being lied to and people disappearing to the gulags and lives being crushed by the machine. Maybe kind of a 2112, rage-against-the machine type song. Or they could base it on Yury Dombrovsky's work "The Faculty of Useless Knowledge," about Stalin's terror, where people denounced each other just to save themselves and then died anyway (the book is about an archaeologist in Soviet Alma-ata who goes about his business (actually, it's an extension of his first book, "The Keeper of Antiquities") and is pulled into a net by the KGB who need higher numbers for the boss). I think Maiden could capture the pathos of communism better than anyone else.