Yes, I know - two Sandinista! related post?! Well, my daughter inspired me to write a few words about the "child" version of Career Opportunities.
It's often seen as the the whipping boy of Sandinista, and an example of where the album went wrong (although it didn't); a novelty track that is one genre too far for a band already with a diverse output. But after hearing my daughter singing along to it, and then asking me to play it again, made me realise how potent the track can be - one that has children singing "career opportunities are the ones that never knock, every job they offer you is to keep you out the dock".
So for all those people with misguided views of what makes good and "credible" music, maybe the song wasn't intended for you - that would be preaching to the converted, because you're already on board from band's previous output, right? Instead, maybe the song is designed for children to sing, almost as a nursery rhyme, years before they are fully aware of what they are singing about. Now THAT is subversive, making it musically, artistically and politically more valid than much of the band's back catalogue.
I played my daughter the original version of Career Opportunities later - she asked me to put on the "proper" version instead.