Friday, May 27, 2005

iPod list - what should the '08 Presidential candidates be listening to now?

A few weeks ago, it was revealed that President Bush has an iPod.
Never mind what was on it, the Guardian immediately began exploring what ought to be on Bush's playlist.

So... what should now be on the iPod playlist of the people who will be the Democrat and Republican Presidential candidates in 2008?

Here is my take:


  • No Surrender - Springsteen
  • Travelin' Soldier - Dixie Chicks
  • Fight the Power - Public Enemy
  • Walk this Way - Run DMC
  • Southern Man - Neil Young
  • For what it's worth - Buffalo Springfield
  • This Land is Your Land - Guthrie
  • Respect - Aretha Franklin
  • Emperor's New Clothes - Sinead O'Connor
  • Battle of Epping Forest - Genesis
  • Who Are you - the Who
  • Won't get fooled again - the Who
  • Ghost Town - Specials
  • Pride (In the Name of Love) - U2
  • Sorted for E's and Whizz - Pulp
  • Democratic Circus - Talking Heads
  • Sexuality - Billy Bragg
  • My Youngest Son Came Home Today - Billy Bragg
  • Two Suns in the Sunset - Pink Floyd
  • Goodbye Blue Sky - Pink Floyd
  • Shipbuilding - Elvis Costello
  • Miserable Lie - Smiths
  • The Message - Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
  • Career Opportunities - Clash
  • Washington Bullets - Clash
  • Know your rights - Clash
  • Rebel Waltz - Clash
  • Over the Hills and Far Away - Sharpe soundtrack
  • Ode to Joy - Beethoven
  • Vote for We - Clint Eastwood and General Saint


  • Glory Days - Springsteen
  • Courtesy of the Red White and Blue - Toby Keith
  • Right back where we started from - Maxine Nightingale
  • Walk this Way - Britney & Justin superbowl live remix
  • Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Ballad of the Green Berets - Barry Sadler
  • America the Beautiful - Lawrence Welk
  • Upside Down - Diana Ross
  • Every Breath you take - Sting
  • Talkin' bout a revolution - Tracy Chapman
  • Sympathy for the Devil - Stones
  • I do not want what I haven't got - Sinead O'Connor
  • Gloria - U2
  • I will survive - Gloria Gaynor
  • In the Navy - YMCA
  • Common People - Pulp
  • One in Ten - UB40
  • Psycho Killer - Talking Heads
  • Tainted Love - Soft Cell
  • We are Family - Sister Sledge
  • Rock the Boat - The Hues Corporation
  • I started something I couldn't finish - Smiths
  • Money - Pink Floyd
  • The Post War Dream - Pink Floyd
  • The Marching Song of the Covert Battallions - Billy Bragg
  • Oliver's Army - Elvis Costello
  • Games without Frontiers - Peter Gabriel
  • Rock the Casbah - Clash
  • Charlie Don't Surf - Clash
  • Ivan meets GI Joe - Clash
  • Armagideon Time - Clash
  • Men of Harlech - Zulu soundtrack
  • Ride of the Valkyries - Wagner
  • Everybody wants to rule the world - Tears for Fears
  • Don't You Want Me Baby - Human League
  • Vote for We - Clint Eastwood and General Saint

Your turn.

There should be a whole separate Clash playlist for each...

Songs that ought to be on there but don't exist:

Fortunate Son - Green Day cover

Baghdad's Burning - Clash live reunion tour

Addendum: Patrick's comment below make me want to clarify my thoughts on this...
This was not meant as a set of "liberal" and "conservative" anthems; I started with the first and last songs for each, and then free associated, trying to some extent to pair songs (though the republicans ended up with more I believe).
What I wanted were "state-of-mind" tunes I'd like them to have - that I would like them to listen to, not that they might want to listen to.

And, yes, some of them are ironic or contradictory. But, for example, I'd like current republicans to listen to all of the Ballad of the Green Beret - to the last verse. And live up to it.


Blogger Patrick Nielsen Hayden said...

"America the Beautiful" is a liberal anthem. Read the lyrics of the later verses. What other patriotic song so overtly acknowledges that America is imperfect and a work in progress?

10:31 PM  
Blogger Steinn said...

The Marching Song of the Covert Battallions is also liberal, as is Talkin' bout a Revolution;
these are some of what I think they should listen to, for their own good, as it were.
If they'd get the irony, so much the better.

11:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget "Day After Tomorrow" by Tom Waits (Real Gone).

11:41 AM  

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