This article discusses the selection of theme songs for the Democratic political candidates…
Apparently, we have:
[li]Lieberman: “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge[/li][li]Edwards: “I’m a Believer” as covered by Smashmouth[/li][li]Sharpton: “Get Up, Stand Up” by Bob Marley[/li][li]Moseley Braun: “You Gotta Be” by Desiree[/li][li]Kucinich: “Imagine” by John Lennon[/li][li]Dean: “Little Less Conversation,” as performed by Elvis Presley and remixed by Junkie XL[/li][li]And to quote the article: Senator Bob Graham of Florida has revived a 19th-century tradition of original jingles; on the trail, he has been known to croon “We’ve Got a Friend in Bob Graham.”[/li][/ul]
Among the suggestions for John Kerry are:
Surely we can do better than all these choices! What are your thoughts on the above choices, and what do you suggest instead?
(Since it’s a music thread, I’m hoping Cafe Society can handle this thread without it getting politically unpleasant.)
Anyone else remember “Read My Lips” from the days of Bush I, a little thing put together by Don Was, I think? Who knew the elder Bush had that rappin’ talent?
As to the OP, I think Marley is too mellow for Sharpton. It’s a good song, but doesn’t “go” with Sharpton’s campaign or his platform. Something by James Brown seems more appropriately loud, perhaps “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”?
“Walk This Way” sounds pretty good for Kerry, actually.
Dean should be using U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”… it has that anthem-quality to it and seems to suit him.
I’m convinced that a brilliant ad campaign is waiting to be born. James Brown’s “Talking Loud and Saying Nothing” would play underneath clips and images delineating the sour economic stats under GWB, punctuated by his unchanging prescription of tax cuts and empty catchphrases:
"You can’t tell me how to run my life down
you can’t tell me how to keep my business sound
you can’t tell me what I’m doing wrong
when you keep jivin’ and singing that same old funny song
like a dull knife, you just ain’t cuttin’
you’re just talking loud, and saying nothin’"