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Sixteen Albums!

 

Top-10 Billboard Hit Song

 

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Liquid Blue

Introduction

Liquid Blue is an activist musical group based in San Diego CA. We believe that the power of an individual voter has greatly diminished and the wealthy (1%) now control the majority of influence and power in the United States. We advocate a non-violent people's revolution which aims to bring power back to the people. Music has always played a significant role in movements of social change and it's our desire to help uplift and unify citizens willing to stand up for their rights and the rights of others. Along with our own songs of peace and justice, we perform many of the great protest songs of the past century including the likes of Dylan, Seeger, Lennon, Green Day and others. This is done in the spirit of the folk music tradition of passing along protest songs from one generation to the next but with rock & roll.

The band's headquarters at the Hippie House is a designted International Peace Site. We've also hosted a documentary movie night in San Diego every month since 2004. Liquid Blue is a certified green business (by San Diego County). More details on our beliefs, philosophy and activism is below. If you're a fellow activist and want to know more about Liquid Blue, most of what you'll want to know is right on this page.

 

Quote from IconMusic:

"San Diego activist recording artist Liquid Blue stands out as an original and intelligent voice for positive change. The band turns social commentary into art. Their debut album, Supernova, combines western pop melodies with exotic East Indian instrumentation to delivery a hard dose of progressive political commentary. The band aims to raise public awareness with a mission to promote positive social change and shed some light on the dark corners of reality. It's music with a message".


International Peace Site

World Citizen International Peace Site - Liquid Blue

The Liquid Blue center of operations at the Hippie House is a designated International Peace Site.

LP/CD: Peace Anthems

Carrying the banner of tolerance and understanding, the band revisits classic peace songs and includes a few surprises! 25% of proceeds to PeaceAction.org.

LP/CD: Protest Anthems

Occupy your eardrums with twenty classic protest songs remade by Liquid Blue. Thought provoking tracks that scream, "war is not the answer." 25% of proceeds to PeaceAction.org.

Original Song/Video: Earth Passport

An Anthem For World Peace

Below is the video from our song "Earth Passport" which features vocals in nine languages including singers we met in our travels all over the globe. Liquid Blue has performed in over 100 countries (an official world record) and the Earth Passport video features photos from our travels on every continent. The song reached #3 on the Billboard Dance Charts in Oct of 2010. A very simple song with a message of peace, hope and human rights.

Liquid Blue's Top-10 Political Wish List

Peace

Establish and fund a U.S. Department of Peace! End all foreign wars and cut Defense spending by 50%!

Human Rights

Prosecute violations of the Geneva Conventions and Universal Declaration of Human Rights (No Torture)!

The Environment

Protect the environment and research clean energy as a matter of national priority, it's all we've got!

Civil Rights

Prosecute violations of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights (No TSA, No Wiretapping)!

Corporate Accountability

End corporate personhood; no entity should exercise personal rights without personal accountability!

Campaign Finance Reform

Replace private campaign contributions with publically funded campaigns that give all an equal voice!

Freedom of Information

Protect freedom of information such as internet freedom, and protect whistleblowers from retaliation!

No Bailouts

Elimination of Government Bailouts. Regulate industries so that no company becomes too big to fail!

Education

Fund Higher Education so youth does not have to go into debt to get an education! 

Prohibition

End the war on drugs and the failed prohibition laws that make pushing drugs profitable for criminals!

Occupy San Diego Benefit Concert Series

Occupy San Diego!

Not since the 1960's has there been a coming together of the people like the Occupy movement. We support our local San Diego County Occupy groups by hosting concerts to raise money and awareness of this peaceful revolution. In 2012 Liquid Blue presented four benefit concerts for the San Diego Occupy movement at venues in the San Diego area. Flyers for past events below.

San Diego Sounds of Occupation Unity Concert

Sounds of Occupation Concert #3, Occupy San Diego
3rd "Sounds of Occupation" had attendance of 102 and raised a total of $630 for Occupy San Diego

Occupy San Diego Benefit Concert at World Beat Center
2nd "Sounds of Occupation" had attendance of 208 and raised a total of $1202 for Occupy San Diego

1st Occupy San Diego Concert
1st "Sounds of Occupation" had attendance of 187 and raised a total of $1715 for Occupy San Diego

 

Original Song/Video: Dominate

The Heavy Hand of U.S. International Politics

While we've been unwilling and unable to fund higher education for our youth, the United States maintains more than 500 military bases overseas. Liquid Blue has performed on bases in more than 22 countries. It is an eye-opening experience to see these massive bases first hand. Our song "Dominate" was inspired by witnessing just how giant our war machine has become.

Peace Party

Envision World Peace at a Liquid Blue Live Performance!

Although we can't disarm the world, halt deforestation and ban torture in one evening- we can certainly "imagine" and celebrate these ideals. We choose and perform material which celebrates PEACE, UNITY, DIVERSITY, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION and more. Here's an example of just a few of the protest "anthems" Liquid Blue performs at a "peace party":

Aretha Franklin: Respect

Beatles: Across the Universe

Beatles: All You Need Is Love

Black Sabbath: War Pigs

Bob Dylan: Masters of War

Boy Dylan: With God On Our Side

Bob Marley: One Love

Bruce Springsteen: Born in the USA

Cat Stevens: Peace Train

CCR: Fortunate Son

Cher: Half Breed

Christina Aguilara: Beautiful

Cranberries: Zombie

Edwin Starr: War

Four Non-Blondes: What's Up

Fun: We Are Young

George Harrison: My Sweet Lord

Green Day: American Idiot

Guess Who: American Woman

Harry Chapin: Taxi

Hollies: He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

Hootie & the Blowfish: Hold My Hand

The Jacksons: Can You Feel It

Janet Jackson: Rhythm Nation

Jefferson Airplane: White Rabbit

John Lennon: Imagine

Lady Gaga: Born This Way

Liquid Blue: Earth Passport (and more; all our songs are socially conscious)

Marvin Gaye: What's Going On

Marvin Gaye: Mercy Mercy Me

Michael Jackson: Black or White

Michael Jackson: Earth Song

Moody Blues: Question

Muse: Uprising

Neil Young: Rockin' in the Free World

O'Jays: Love Train

Ozzy Osbourne: Crazy Train

Pink Floyd: Us and Them

REM: Everybody Hurts

Rihanna: We Found Love

Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter

Scott McKenzie: San Francisco

Sly and the Family Stone: Everyday People

Stevie Wonder: Higher Ground

Stevie Wonder: Living for the City

Supremes: Love Child

The Who: Baba O'Riley

The Who: My Generation

The Who: Won't Get Fooled Again

U2: Pride

Youngbloods: Get Together

and more than 90 additional protest songs!

Earthdance San Diego 2014 - Global Peace Party for International Day of Peace

Earthdance San Diego 2013 - Global Peace Party for International Day of Peace

Earthdance San Diego Poster 2013

March Against Monsanto - San Diego Event

March Against 2013 

Original Song/Video: Give Me Back My Heart

The Invasion of Iraq

The song is about a soldier who goes into battle gung-ho but returns from the experience shattered and disillusioned after experiencing the reality and horror of war.

The Liquid Blue Axis of Evil Tour

In his 2002 State of the Union speech, George Bush first used the phrase "Axis of Evil". It's obviously absurd to dub any nation as "evil". While its leaders may be oppressive and sometimes worse, the people of these nations are the same of people anywhere in the world. Through our travels, we've found the best way to improve relations is offering friendship and forgiveness. Playing some music doesn't hurt either. Of the 15 countries mentioned below, Liquid Blue has performed in four. It is our goal to bring "peace-friendship" concerts to as many of these nations as possible.

Nations in the so called "Axis of Evil"

Originally sited by George Bush in 2002 State of the Union Speech

Iraq, Iran, North Korea

Beyond Axis of Evil as described by John Bolton

Cuba, Libya, Syria

Outposts of Tyranny as described by Condoleezza Rice

Belarus, Zimbabwe, Myanmar

Other Enemies of the State

Lebanon, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Palestine

Liquid Blue marched and performed peace concerts in Palestine in 2007 The band played acoustic shows in Bethlehem, Hebron and Ramallah We lived in the home of a Palestinian family We did peace shows in both Israel and Palestine on this 2007 trip. Our Guitarist "Grovler" is Jewish. In the communist country of Belarus we met some of the nicest people ever!

Positive Music Association - Changing The World

Positive Music Association (PMA) Change the World 2011

Liquid Blue is proud to be a long-time member of PMA (Positive Music Association). PMA, founded and headed by Scott Johnson works tirelessly supporting Positive Music and the artists who create this music for social change. Liquid Blue singer Scott Stephens is featured in a recent PMA poster (above). Scott Johnson recently wrote to us: "Scott; You and Liquid Blue are on the top of my list of people who are really living and performing the message of what the PMA is about."

Networking With Other Activists

We were invited to meet President Jimmy Carter in 2004
Our first (minor) hit song "Real" honored Carter and other activists In 2005 we met author/activist Greg Palast Cindy Sheehan spoke and Liquid Blue performed at Activist San Diego in 2006 Air America radio host Jon Elliot had us on his show and also came to one of ours in 2006 Liquid Blue founder Scott Stephens introduced Ralph Nader at his 2008 UCSD speech in La Jolla.
Nader used our song "If You Gotta Ask" as his 2004 Presidential campaign theme song We met Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine at a Michael Moore speech in Del Mar CA

Liquid Blue Introduction Video

This one-minute video is used as an introduction to the band at some of our live shows.

Liquid Blue - Neo Hippies On A Mission

A Political Rant From Liquid Blue Founder Scott Stephens

The fight to gain political equality for all citizens is an uphill battle but can be won. Our biggest challenges are apathy and the right-wing propaganda machine. We must be extremely focused with our message and well organized in the implementation of our plans. We should also uphold our principles at all costs. Otherwise we become just like those who we oppose.

Non Violence

Peaceful protest and negotiation is much more difficult and a slower process as compared to violence. But in the end the results will be more meaningful and longer lasting. Organizers of any legitimate protest movement must carefully guard against violent actions from within the group as well as be aware and ready to deal with those who infiltrate the movement to make it appear violent.

Lesson From The 60's

The greatest generation was not that of World War II but of the 1960's. Never before has any nation seen such radical, positive change in such a short period. Lest we forget, all of these and more were advanced by the hippie generation: Civil Rights, Women's Rights, End to the Vietnam War and the start of the environmental movement. After all of the progress, the decade ended in turmoil with the election of Richard Nixon, the breakup of the Beatles and the darkness of the Stones at Altamont. People were disillusioned and the mass movement disintegrated. From that point most people went one of two directions: Many lost all hope and reentered conventional society. Some of these folks are now CEO's of large corporations. Others took what was learned during the decade and applied these principles to their personal and business lives. These folks continued the work of their generation but did so more individually than in large groups. They helped establish the EPA and the first "Earth Day". They worked towards ending the war and succeeded. Today they are at the forefront of so much positive change it's impossible to list all of the accomplishments.

So where is the lesson here? Idealism is wonderful and necessary but it must be balanced with realism. When the youth of the 60's did not quickly get everything they demanded, some lost interest. Activism is a life-long pursuit. Intense discipline and organizational skills are necessary for success. The right-wing has studied the results and activities of the 1960's and have now virtually taken over the media. Sadly, much of what was accomplished in this amazing decade is now at risk. All it would take to roll back years of progress would be a Republican President presiding over a Republican majority in the Senate and House. Any current movement (such as Occupy) should plan for the long run and be prepared for well funded efforts to derail its efforts.

Some Things You May Not Know About Liquid Blue

Our name is taken from a form of LSD that was used in the 1960's. We believe everyone should "turn-on" at least once or twice. We've been called "the musical Robin Hood" as we often perform at prestigious corporate events and fundraisers for large fees but then we invest a portion of our profits fighting against corporate abuses, white collar crime and other related causes. Our band logo is a mandala representing world unity and world peace.

One Small Planet

Liquid Blue implements a variety of "green practices" and is one of the first and only certified GREEN bands. We always strive to buy local and organic. We use solar power for our recording studio and offices. For detailed information on our green lifestyle as well as examples on how to "go green" visit our Green Page.

World Citizens

Liquid Blue members are patriotic citizens of the United States of America but we also consider ourselves citizens of planet Earth. In 2010 band leader Scott Stephens declared himself a world citizen and applied for a World Passport. The World Passport is a document issued by the World Service Authority, a non-profit organization founded by Garry Davis in 1948, citing Article 13, Section 2, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Liquid Blue's song Earth Passport carries the sentiment of Garry Davis, encouraging world peace through a world governing body. Ironically, when Stephens penned the lyrics to Earth Passport he had little knowledge of Garry Davis.

At the time of this writing there is a full length documentary being completed about the life of Garry Davis. Earth Passport (the song) will be part of the soundtrack.

All members of the world's most traveled band now carry a World Passport.

 

Our Influences

Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez, Nelson Mandela, Ralph Nader, Jimmy Carter, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, John F Kennedy, Muhammad Ali, Kofi Annan, Shirin Ebadi, The Peace Pilgrim, Paramahansa Yogananda, Leo Tolstoy, Alan Cranston, Howard Zahniser, Albert Einstein, Ansel Adams, John Muir, Dennis Kucinich, Helen Thomas, Aung San Suu Kyi, Patch Adams, Daniel Ellsberg, Garry Davis and more.

Musical Influences

Rage Against The Machine, Bob Marley, Peter Gabriel, John Lennon, Ani Difranco, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Marvin Gaye, Suzanne Vega, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, David Bowie, George Harrison, Ravi Shankar, NAS, Black Eyed Peas, Genesis, Yes, Jon Anderson, Joan Baez, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Moby, Madonna, Live, Sex Pistols, Sparks, Lenny Kravitz, Prince, Cheap Trick, Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, Iggy Pop, Dave Matthews, Paris, MC5, Cat Stevens, Pink Floyd, REM, CCR, Billy Bragg, Willie Nelson, Green Day, Midnight Oil, Randy Newman, The Cranberries, Jackson Browne, Public Enemy, Bad Religion, Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs, Patti Smith, The Clash, Sam Phillips, Johnny Cash, Paul Simon and other artists who are unafraid to speak the truth.

Progressive Heroes Honored in Song "Real" by Liquid Blue

Compilations For A Cause

Although Liquid Blue has released only two CD's, the bands songs have made an impact and have appeared on over 20 compilations CD's for good causes, including:

Our Music, Mission and Recognition

Band Awards

  • Best Band, (Runner-Up 2006 & 2007) International Music Awards. Sponsored by Music Aid
  • Green Certification, 2009 San Diego County
  • SANDEE Award (Nominated) 2010 SANDEE Awards
  • Outstanding New Recording, 2005 Outmusic Awards, Nominated
  • "Dominate" Finalist, Peacedriven Songwriting Awards, 2009
  • "Earth Passport" Nominated, Posi Award, 2010
  • "Earth Passport" Finalist, Peacedriven Songwriting Awards, 2009
  • "Show Me Love" Featured on "Care Package" Tsunami Aid Compilation CD, 2005
  • "If You Gotta Ask" Featured on Love is the Answer Compilation CD, 2006
  • "If You Gotta Ask" Featured on Make Love Not War Compilation CD, 2005
  • "If You Gotta Ask" Featured on Songs For Cindy Compilation CD, 2006
  • "If You Gotta Ask" Winner, Artists Helping Artists 2005 International Song Contest
  • "If You Gotta Ask" Campaign Theme Song for 2004 Independent Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader
  • "If You Gotta Ask" Top 5 Award, Broadjam Presidential Debate Jam 2004
  • "If You Gotta Ask" Finalist, WRA Song Competition 2006
  • "Rescue" Featured on Wyland's Ocean Planet DVD, 2006
  • "Rescue" Featured on Songs For a Better Planet Compilation CD, 2005
  • "Give Me Back My Heart" Winner, Best Pop Song, WRA 2005 Song Contest
  • "Anything Else But" Featured on Child Alive Compilation CD, Get Me Music Records, 2004
  • "Making Up" Featured on 'Peace Not War' Compilation CD, PNW Records, 10/2004
  • "Making Up" Featured on 'Child Alive' Compilation CD, Get Me Music Records, 2004
  • "Making Up" 2nd Place, Peacedriven Songwriting Awards, 2006
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