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Squeeze out fascism with our accordion button designs!

February 1, 2017


Between Bruce’s injury and the rapid decline of Western Civilization, we’ve been having a hard time keeping up with all our little initiatives and our precious schedule. But if ever there was a time for this bold move, it was now. Shortly following the US Election we took part in a button-making party, so people who wanted to express something a little more nuanced than “safety pin” could wear their opinions on their chest before it would be the government issuing things to be worn on our chests. Bruce came, fired up with an urge to divert our seemingly politically-neutral hobby (as neutral as you can get between your meetings at the co-op community radio station and the anarchist bookstore) of accordion advocacy, and minted a couple dozen pinbacked buttons of varying progressive squeezebox slogans such as you can see above.

Then we got distracted (Bruce, as an expat American, has become very distracted) verbally sparring with actual Nazis and fascist apologists suddenly turning up in our standard whimsical #accordion surveys on Twitter, which it turns out has suddenly (well, not so suddenly to veterans of GamerGate) removed its mask and revealed itself as the festering hotbed of deplorables that we always avoided reddit so as not to be associated with. (And look, however belatedly, reddit is finally doing something about it! Your move, Twitter!) I’ve learned all kinds of esoteric pieces of free-reed information while getting a crash course in squeezebox history over the past 10 years of my association with Bruce, but I never expected to be explaining to find myself explaining to an accordion-loving Nazi how his beloved Hitler banned squeezeboxes in 1933 …but I digress.

If we cross paths with you at some curious and charming alt-accordion function (alt-accordion, rues Bruce, there’s another phrase that’s now been ruined by Richard Spencer), be sure to pick up a few! But it’s a big, wide world out there. Is there any other way? We could make them available by mail order, I suppose. There’s a tin of them at the counter at Spartacus Books! Well, if you have access to a 1-and-a-quarter inch button press, now you can make your own using Bruce’s template hosted at this link. Some of our friends on Instagram had been asking for it, so please run with it!

If there is sufficient demand, we can probably with minimal fuss recalibrate our template for other button sizes and alternate slogans also. Cheers & squeeze on!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Dave Evans permalink
    February 1, 2017 6:11 pm

    hello accordion uprising folk. my name is dave evans. i’m an accordionist from melbourne, australia. a year or so ago bruce very kindly sent me a bunch of alice hall recordings for which i am very grateful. anyways, i see your accordion uprising emails and i look at them if i have time. always very interesting. i just saw the buttons you guys made and i have to send you a pic of a print my partner made on a similar line. i hope you like it. keep up the great work. i love it. cheers dave evans

    p.s. here’s a clip of me playing:

    Spinning Round And Round – The Band Who Knew Too Much TBWKTM play Spinning Round and Round, live at Operaen, Christiania, Copenhagen, 26/8/11.


  2. February 3, 2017 7:30 am

    Hurrah! Thank you!

  3. February 7, 2017 11:34 am

    A button would be the best thing ever – happy to send some $$ via paypal for shipping etc. Pretty please?!?!?!? (also psst my new album has HELLA accordion on it – I’ll be sure to get y’all a copy)

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