"... to come up with fifty songs, the readers and editors of the National Review had to neglect, almost entirely, the politics and lifestyles of nearly every single one of the music acts on the list... It all starts to seem like the soundtrack to the lamest orgy ever..."
"You Can't Always Get What You Want," by The Rolling Stones.
You can "[go] down to the demonstration" and vent your frustration, but you must understand that there's no such thing as a perfect society — there are merely decent and free ones.
"Red Barchetta," by Rush.
In a time of "the Motor Law," presumably legislated by green extremists, the singer describes family reunion and the thrill of driving a fast car — an act that is his "weekly crime."
"Revolution," by The Beatles.
"You say you want a revolution / Well you know / We all want to change the world . . . Don't you know you can count me out?" What's more, Communism isn't even cool: "If you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao / You ain't going to make it with anyone anyhow." (Someone tell the Che Guevara crowd.)
"Why Don't You Get a Job," by The Offspring.
The lyrics aren't exactly Shakespearean, but they're refreshingly blunt and they capture a motive force behind welfare reform.
what is up with the John Mellencamp callout at #31 with 'Small Town' off an album written in protest against the Reagan-era foreclosures of family farms?
"The regulations concerning safety became
tougher. Cars became larger, heavier, less efficient. They consumed
gasoline so voraciously that the United States had had to become a major
ally with the Arabian countries*. The new cars were hard to stop or maneuver
quickly. but they would save your life (usually) in a 50-mph crash."
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