THE TEA PARTY, "Release," 1997

By Karen Bliss 3/15/17 |

Canadian rock trio The Tea Party, currently on tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their album Transmission, still talk about the inspiration behind one of the songs, “Release.” Frontman Jeff Martin wrote the lyric as an apology to women after watching a BBC story about women’s rights around the world. When it was released as a single, proceeds went to the White Ribbon campaign, a movement organized by men to end violence against women.  “I want the world to wake/I want to give you peace/I want to vindicate/You need to be released,” the songs begins. Buy it here. — Karen Bliss