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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Post-Election Soundtracks

Posted by on Tue, Nov 4, 2008 at 10:51 AM

(With apologies to Brian Geoghagan.)

Below are the songs I want to hear after the votes are tallied and the election is decided.

If McCain wins, I will be too distraught to play music and will be busy rioting until further notice. But, just for kicks, let’s say I can bear to listen to organized sound under such depressing conditions. These are the tunes I will force into my headspace:

“Impeach the President” by the Honeydrippers [Obvious, innit?]
“Atmosphere” by Joy Division [Strikes the perfect somber tone for an unfathomable tragedy.]
“Tears of a Clown” by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles [Also known as the greatest song ever, this never fails to raise my spirits, even under the most trying circumstances.]
“The Coldest Days of My Life” by the Chi-Lites [See “Atmosphere” above, but with added soul for solace.]
“Beat Connection” by LCD Soundsystem [Mainly for the line, “It’s the saddest night out in the USA”—plus it boasts a damned uplifting rhythm.]
(Note: The playing of the Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” should be verboten. Thank you.)

If Obama wins, I will kick out these righteous jams:

“Move on Up” by Curtis Mayfield [Should’ve been Barack’s theme song all campaign; perfectly captures the elation of a just cause being realized.]
“Revolution Generation” by Public Enemy [It’s gonna take a revolution to undo Rove/Cheney/Bush’s reign of error. PE’s 20-year-old anthem is the potent motivator to help us get the job done. The Beatles’ “Revolution #1” could also aid us lefties, but its power’s been diminished by radio overplay and annoying Baby Boomer residue.]
“Don’t Call Me Nigger, Whitey” by Sly & the Family Stone [Message to the two-digit-IQ racists, who will be hella angry if the “Arab Muslim homosexual terrorist” wins.]
“One Nation Under a Groove” by Funkadelic [It is imperative that Americans unite and get on the good foot from the get-go. This is the song to provoke said unified movement.]
“Vision Creation Newsun” by Boredoms [From our allies in Japan, this piece signifies an awesome rebirth through rhythm and sound. It’s an irrepressible positive force.]

What tracks will you be spinning, my fellow Americans?

Anti-McCain: The Honeydrippers’ “Impeach the President”

Boredoms’ “Vision Creation Newsun”


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Pretty much anything by the Impressions; not just "Move on Up," but also "Keep on Pushin'," "People Get Ready," and "We're a Winner." As for P-Funk, not just "One Nation," but also "Chocolate City" and "Up for the Downstroke." As for James Brown, I'd start with "Funky President" and "It's a New Day" before seguing into Bill Withers ("Lean on Me") or Stevie Wonder ("Higher Ground"). And as a tribute to Obama's island roots, I'd throw in the "Hawaii 5-0" theme.
Posted by Kathy Fennessy on November 4, 2008 at 12:12 PM · Report this
"a change is gonna come" Sam Cooke! i swear i have been listening to it all day tearing up- such a moving track
Posted by Mason on November 4, 2008 at 12:59 PM · Report this
Good selections, Kathy. I almost included James Brown's "It's a New Day."
Posted by segal on November 4, 2008 at 2:26 PM · Report this
Awesome choice @2. Then there's Fela Kuti's "Black President"...
Posted by Kathy Fennessy on November 4, 2008 at 5:29 PM · Report this
I'm cranking out Nina Simone's To Be Young, Gifted, and Black as tribute to today's historic event.
Posted by Grrr on November 5, 2008 at 12:34 AM · Report this
I played Don't call me Nigga and Move On Up Tuesday night @ Nectar without reading this 1st
Posted by Grindle on November 6, 2008 at 2:39 PM · Report this
I played Don't call me Nigga and Move On Up Tuesday night @ Nectar without reading this 1st
Posted by Grindle on November 6, 2008 at 2:40 PM · Report this

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