Music Activism: Fay Milton (Savages) on Climate Change & IDLES

Music Declares Emergency

Fay Milton is best known as the drummer of Savages, but lately her focus has been getting the music world involved in fighting climate change. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Milton and revisit an interview with Joe Talbot of IDLES, another English group working for change. 

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Fay Milton

Since Savages went silent, their ferocious drummer has kept busy musically with 180dB, but her main focus has been getting the music community involved in the fight to save the planet. She co-founded Music Declares Emergency, calling for immediate governmental response to climate change.


The British band IDLES released their third album, Ultra Mono, in 2020 and will soon tour behind it for the first time. Singer Joe Talbot joined Jim and Greg in 2020 to talk about the activism at the heart of the band.


Inspired by the activism of Music Declares Emergency and IDLES, Jim adds a potential climate anthem to the jukebox: 11:59 by Michael Franti & Spearhead

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