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10 songs about presidents

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!

Top 10 Songs About Politicians

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.

Annie Leibovitz and the naked Jonas Brothers

I think the planet has finally recovered from the shock of seeing Miley Cyrus‘s naked tween shoulder in the pages of Vanity Fair. I want to go on the record as saying I was not appalled. I wasn’t even all that surprised considering we knew ahead of time that famed celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz was going to be behind the lens.

Leibovitz loves nudity. She’s made many of her photographic subjects drop trou. Have you ever seen her pics of John and Yoko? How about David Cassidy?

Talk about shocking the tween set. I wonder how many 13-year-olds in 1972 went out and bought a copy of Rolling Stone. Then, promptly tossed out the pages inside because it was all hippie commentary on President Nixon and Deep Purple record reviews.

Leibovitz had Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley pose nude together in many a men’s fantasy on VF’s cover two years ago.

Don’t forget the knocked-up, naked Demi Moore cover.

Leibowitz also photographed Whoopi Goldberg naked in a bath of milk and Sting naked and caked in mud.

 Clearly, Leibovitz won’t stop until she’s photographed everyone in America naked. She should put together a reality show where people compete to be her next nudey muse. I’d say we could let America vote, but you know we would end up seeing the Jonas Brothers without clothes on and then I’d  have a reason to complain. Why are young girls in love with those three? Those were the kind of kids in my school who got beat up or called any sort of epithet that meant homosexual. The poufy hair, the skinny ties. That kid with the big eyebrows who wears an ascot. Who does he think he is, Fred from Scooby Doo? 

Of course, when I was a kid I was in love with Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes, a man who wore more make-up than my mother. Why didn’t Leibovitz ever photograph the men of Duran Duran naked? Or any of my New Wave favorites. Would they have had to wash off their eyeliner?

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