Here’s “World Destruction”, still relevant as ever:
It’s President’s Day. Let’s celebrate with a list of songs about United States presidents. Ready? I’ll start with the first 10, then you add:
1. Manic Street Preachers “The Love of Richard Nixon”
2. Dick Holler, “Abraham, Martin and John” (about Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy)
3. Lou Reed, “The Day John Kennedy Died”
4. Electric Six, “Jimmy Carter”
5. Stevie Wonder, “You Haven’t Done Nothin’” (about Richard Nixon)
6. They Might Be Giants, “James K. Polk”
7. The Ramones, “Bonzo Goest To Bitburg” (about Ronald Reagan)
8. Bright Eyes, “When The President Talks To God” (about George W. Bush)
9. The Minutemen, “If Reagan Played Disco”
10. Bongwater, “Reaganation”
Okay, your turn!
It’s time for another song list. In honor of this crazy American presidential campaign and the election in a few weeks that will make it mercifully end, this one is “Top 10 Songs About Politicians.” I’ll start it with my ten choices and then you add. Ready?
1. Violent Femmes, Old Mother Reagan (Ronald Reagan)
2. The Ramones, Bonzo Goes To Bitburg (Ronald Reagan)
3. Prince, Ronnie Talk To Russia (Ronald Reagan)
4. Christmas, Richard Nixon Sees You (Richard Nixon)
5. Billy Bragg, Thatcherites (Margaret Thatcher)
6. The English Beat, Stand Down, Margaret (Margaret Thatcher)
7. Richard Thompson, Mother Knows Best (Margaret Thatcher)
8. Sinead O’ Connnor, Black Boys On Mopeds (Margaret Thatcher)
9. Dick Holler, Abraham, Martin and John (Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy)
10.The B-52s, Bushfire (George Bush, Sr.)
Okay there are tons more, so start naming them. I hope I hear from some of my 1980s punk rock pals. Wasn’t every song back then political? The 1990s was filed with Brit Pop about Tony Blair and more recently, well, I can think of one gigantic hit about George W. Bush.
The strengthening of tropical storm Fay down in the southeast makes me think of two things: (1) I’m glad I don’t have to go through the hurricane brouhaha this summer, the stocking up of H20 and toilet paper, the checking of the windows and all other pertinent batting down of hatches. (What are hatches? Why not latches? It makes perfect sense).
Yes, Peter Wolf, the gentleman who pranced about in videos for songs such as “Freeze Frame” and “Centerfold.” Lest we forget his solo smash “Lights Out.” He and Mommie Dearest were husband and wife from 1974-1979.
But, then, so many strange bedfellows came from the 1970s: Gene Simmons and Diana Ross.
Liza Minnelli and Peter Allen.
Bob Marley and Vogue editor Anna Wintour (I must have missed the season when dreadlocks were a must-have fashion).
Linda Rondstadt and Governor Jerry Brown of California.
Governor Ronald Reagan and the State of California. Yes, the Dems voted for Cowboy Ronny. I think California only goes Republican for movie stars. See: Arnold Schwarzenegger.
They always say the drugs were more potent back then and sometimes I don’t doubt it.