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I am doing a gig on Election Night. Might be nobody there, might be good, who knows. Maybe people will be tired of the stuff and ready for a beer. In my limited promotion people have said yeah, they'd come, they'll be ready.

 

Can you think of any appropriate songs? Patriotic songs, protest songs? Political songs, satire, whatever.

 

Dylan has some good ones...

 

Blowin In The Wind

The Times They Are A-Changin

 

I don't know if I could do America The Beautiful or not.

 

God Bless The USA, Lee Greenwood... I don't like that song. I don't know if I'd do it or not but I'll think about it.

 

I would say Masters of War (Dylan) but I don't know if I'm going to play stuff that would be so in-the-face that it would alienate the Repubs that will be there. This is Texas and I'll have a few that are die-hard Bush fans. Whatever I do, I gotta balance it out.

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Originally posted by LiveMusic:

Originally posted by The Number of the Base:

Would 'Elected' be too obvious??

Well, out of tens of millions of songs that have been recorded, it would help if you say who did it. Sorry, but music is pretty broad. ;)
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I'd vote for him... :thu:

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Originally posted by LiveMusic:

Originally posted by The Number of the Base:

Would 'Elected' be too obvious??

Well, out of tens of millions of songs that have been recorded, it would help if you say who did it. Sorry, but music is pretty broad. ;)
I believe he's referring to Alice Cooper.

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Now in darkness, world stops turning

As the war machine keeps burning

No more war pigs of the power

Hand of god has sturck the hour

Day of judgement, god is calling

On their knees, the war pigs crawling

Begging mercy for their sins

Satan, laughing, spreads his wings

 

Have a nice day :wave:

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I'm too young to remember but in the 60's i reckon songs were much more political than these days, musicians really used music as a tool for venting their opinions..

 

..one modern one that springs to my mind in that new greenday one, about redneck agendas.

 

depending on angst levels and political orientation, obviously. ;)

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Originally posted by LiveMusic:

Originally posted by Chris The Ripper_C:

..one modern one that springs to my mind in that new greenday one, about redneck agendas.

Anyone know the title?
American Redneck

"Treat your wife with honor, respect, and understanding as you live together so that you can pray effectively as husband and wife." 1 Peter 3:7

 

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I like the idea of playing War Pigs.. good call :thu:

(no offence to the service guys out there)

 

A Political Blues (Little Feat 1978)

Born in the U.S.A. (Bruce Stringsteen 1984)

 

Keep in mind that most political songs are either against politics in general or right wing idiologies in specific or for socialism in an idealic form.

 

I wouldn't say this gets the vote out and if there's one thing I (as a Canadian) would love to see it's you people getting the vote out :thu:

 

Vote Early, Vote Often :thu:

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I don't know what to tell you to play, but try to pick a song or songs that are FOR something as opposed to just being against something, you know what I mean? All the protesyt songs of the 60's that I can recall were basically just down on stuff. Everybody I know is sick to death of all the attack ads and self-agrandisement we've been subjected to over the last year, annd maybe you could do something to lighten the mood. I suppose you could do the Fleetwood Mac tune Clinton used when he was reelected, "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow". There is a James Harmon tune called "Piece-Work Politicians" that advocates paying them by the job they get done, on his album Lonesome Moon Trance , but you might not be able to get that in time.

I suppose you could do "Keep On Rockin' In The Free World" or something, but wear your riot gear...

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Patriotic Songs:

"American Soldier" Toby Keith

"Red, White, and Blue" Toby Keith

"Star-Spangled Banner" Jimi Hendrix version

"The Clansman" Iron Maiden

 

Protest Songs:

Practically any modern song by any modern punk band is a protest song. Greenday, Yellowcard, all kinds of bands that think they need to put a "Rock Against Bush!" CD out. Personally, I think they're hurting their careers. I wouldn't put out a rock against any president CD, whether I liked him or not. Your listeners that do will slowly turn away.

 

A lot of musicians protest our current president anyway, so especially since you're going to be in Texas, I would watch what I was playing. You want to be popular right?

Shut up and play.
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Between The Wars by Billy Bragg is a favorite of mine.

 

Fortunate Son is a good one as CCR is one of Bushs favorite bands.

 

If You Tolerate This then Your Children Will Be Next by the Manic Street Preachers.

 

OK, mine are a bit more of the protest type....

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Originally posted by zachg:

whoever mentioned john mellancamp was right on(sry, i should have quoted you)

You mean Pink Houses? Or other? He's one of my favorite artists, I'll have to go through my c.d.'s. If you know of any, advise.

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