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Help pick Hillary Clinton's campaign theme song. Previous presidential theme music discussion here.
posted by box (67 comments total)
 
I hereby claim this deleted thread for myself and my heirs.
posted by y2karl at 8:55 AM on May 19, 2007 [2 favorites]


Now get off my lawn.
posted by y2karl at 8:59 AM on May 19, 2007


I nominate GG Allin's 'Suck My Ass It Smells'.
posted by item at 8:59 AM on May 19, 2007 [2 favorites]


How unoriginal and uninspiring. Looks like a list of "best songs for talk/sports radio bumper music."

Perot choosing Patsy Cline's "Crazy?" Truly inspiring.
posted by dw at 8:59 AM on May 19, 2007


I think the American people should choose their OWN campaign music. The music that will inspire the candidates and send a subtle message.

And I nominate Uncle Tupelo's "Looking For A Way Out."
posted by dw at 9:01 AM on May 19, 2007 [1 favorite]


The Who "Won't Get Fooled Again"

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
posted by Balisong at 9:03 AM on May 19, 2007


"Crazy Bitch" by Buckcherry
posted by T.D. Strange at 9:07 AM on May 19, 2007


"Me and My Big Ideas", by Television Personalities.
posted by Smart Dalek at 9:13 AM on May 19, 2007


"Do You Want To" by Franz Ferdinand would be a pretty cheeky one.
posted by jimmythefish at 9:18 AM on May 19, 2007


It is so "Crew Slut" by Zappa. And Tipper and the PMRC love it too.

"Don't make a fuss, just get on the bus"
posted by okbye at 9:18 AM on May 19, 2007 [1 favorite]


I would actually vote for her if she used Van Halen's "Everybody Wants Some" as her campaign theme. Especially if she licensed the claymation hamburger from Better Off Dead for her campaign commercials. Then again, sometimes I feel like the America I want to live in would not necessarily be a better America, so much as a more personally amusing one.
posted by jonson at 9:20 AM on May 19, 2007 [1 favorite]


"The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme)"
Elton John, "The Bitch is Back"
Fleetwood Mac, "Go Your Own Way"
posted by kirkaracha at 9:24 AM on May 19, 2007 [2 favorites]


I second my nomination for 'Suck My Ass It Smells'. Can't you just picture Hillary up on stage, bashing the microphone into her skull whilst flinging her feces at an adoringly horrified crowd?
posted by item at 9:26 AM on May 19, 2007


Hmm. I see that 'Get Ready' by the Temptations is on her list?

Surely 'Papa was a Rolling Stone' would have been a better choice?

However, if she chooses the Staples Singers, I'd vote for her for that reason alone.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 9:28 AM on May 19, 2007


the clintons at home ... irving berlin has the perfect song ...
posted by pyramid termite at 9:30 AM on May 19, 2007 [3 favorites]


Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) by Journey
Hello I Must Be Going by Groucho Marx
I Don't Care Anymore by Phil Collins
Why Isn't This Thread Deleted Yet (Get Off My Lawn) by Y2Karl
posted by ZachsMind at 9:32 AM on May 19, 2007


"The End of the World as we Know It" - REM
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 9:33 AM on May 19, 2007


ELO - Evil Woman
posted by porn in the woods at 9:34 AM on May 19, 2007


"elected" by alice cooper

"And if I am elected
I promise the formation of a new party
A third party, the Wild Party!"
posted by pyramid termite at 9:39 AM on May 19, 2007


I really hope Colbert mobilzes the Nation around a Foghat song.
posted by DenOfSizer at 9:41 AM on May 19, 2007 [2 favorites]


I already put in "War Pigs" as a write in song.

I wonder if ... nah, never mind.
posted by Relay at 9:57 AM on May 19, 2007


If she picks "I'm A Believer," by Smashmouth, then this nation will be all that much more like Shrek.
posted by Sticherbeast at 10:00 AM on May 19, 2007 [1 favorite]


Anything from Melissa Etheridge or Le Tigre.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 10:02 AM on May 19, 2007


The Smash Mouth "I'm A Believer" is interesting. It's a bad cover for a cartoon movie soundtrack of a song originally recorded by a band manufactured for a TV show. Very American.

But none of those songs are that inspiring. I'd think "Don't Stop Believin'" would be most likely to get you elected, followed by "Carry On Wayward Son," "The Final Countdown," and maybe some Pat Benatar. Also Styx's "Lady."

Attention any presidential campaign: use any of those songs and you get all my votes! For serious I will vote for Rudy Giuliani if he goes up on stage and gets everyone at the convention to belt out some Journey.

But I doubt that will happen, so I'm going to bust balls and submit Propagandhi's "Stick the Fucking Flag Up Your Goddam Ass, You Sonofabitch."
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 10:23 AM on May 19, 2007


Only three of the eight choices are performed by American artists.
posted by winston at 10:28 AM on May 19, 2007


The Virgins - Rich Girl, she'd have the coveted Williamsburg vote.
posted by geoff. at 10:38 AM on May 19, 2007


If for a moment I can be a bit serious, I would use what Bill did and make the connection that we are grooving again
http://www.lyricsfreak.com/f/fleetwood+mac/dont+stop_20054276.html
posted by Postroad at 10:40 AM on May 19, 2007


Highway to Hell by AC/DC or MacArthur Park. Either one works.
posted by blue_beetle at 10:44 AM on May 19, 2007


Relay, I think Wonkette was pushing for "War Pigs." I was all over that one myself.

Although I think "How Can I Miss You If You Won't Go Away?" has serious potential.
posted by Banky_Edwards at 10:50 AM on May 19, 2007


Y'know, I expected this to be a bunch of the ol' standbys, but I was pleasantly surprised. The Temptations' Get Ready is a great, great song. So is I'll Take You There by The Staple Singers. And I have undue fondness for Right Here, Right Now and Beautiful Day (though I could stand to hear Beautiful Day a little less often).

Not that it matters since I'm not a citizen so I can't vote. And if I could vote, it probably wouldn't matter since I live in Rhode Island.
posted by Kattullus at 10:59 AM on May 19, 2007


My Pal Foot Foot by The Shaggs
posted by Peter H at 11:10 AM on May 19, 2007 [4 favorites]


Dream On - Aerosmith
posted by spock at 11:13 AM on May 19, 2007


What's with all the animosity against Hillary? I don't follow politics very closely, so this isn't rhetorical. I thought she was not part of the GOP and supported some worthwhile social agendas.
posted by rolypolyman at 11:21 AM on May 19, 2007


I'm not getting all the hating either rolypolyman. I get annoyed by Hillary's triangulation but I got annoyed by the same thing with Bill. She's very smart and from what I've read is one of the hardest working members of the Senate. I'd vote for Obama or Gore first but she's still 10 times better than any of the nutcases that the Republicans are running.
posted by octothorpe at 11:45 AM on May 19, 2007


I nominate Don't Stop by Brazilian Girls

You never had it better,
than when I was with you baby;
come back to earth,
let's drink some tea and smoke some herb ....

am I getting on your nerves
let's just not talk about it
and fill the blanks with space
go to the park later
get some ice cream

I think Hillary needs something a little more postmodern than Fleetwood Mac's Don't Stop.
posted by lukemeister at 11:57 AM on May 19, 2007 [1 favorite]


Perhaps it's her politics that some people disagree with.
posted by blue_beetle at 12:06 PM on May 19, 2007


What's with all the animosity against Hillary?

Well, despite the semi-novelty of being female and therefor appearing "different" she's actually a very well established member of the ruling elite. Think about it: Bush, Clinton, Bush... Clinton? If Hillary's elected and lasts two terms that would mean 28 years of governance by two families leading one to speculate America may not actually be the egalitarian merit-based democracy it's supposed to be. Out of 1/3 of a billion people, the last two presidents just happen to be the son of a president and the wife of a president?
posted by scheptech at 12:13 PM on May 19, 2007


Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell
posted by psmealey at 12:19 PM on May 19, 2007 [1 favorite]


I get annoyed by Hillary's triangulation but I got annoyed by the same thing with Bill.

Hillary doesn't triangulate, she mostly avoids taking a principled stance on any issue, while trying desperately to maintain the appearance of gravitas and statesmenlike bearing. In other words, she's a US Senator.

I worked on the Clinton campaign for Senate in 2000, and I never understood the roiling animosity that underpinned the attacks against her upstate. At the time, I had attributed it to equal parts good old fashioned misogyny combined with an extension of hatred of Bill, fomented by the GOP for the previous 8 years. But, having seen her in action the past seven years, though, I think it might be something else.

Though I'm sure that she has some core issues that she feels passionately about, in public speech, on the stump, she comes across as arrogant, entitled and insincere. Everything she says, she does in measured, scripted and pre-tested tones, and (like George W. Bush in 2000) she projects that the wants to be President because, well, it just makes sense to her, and btw, she just deserves it.

Bill, by contrast, had that "thing", that special combination of charisma and humility that enabled him to connect with people in the audience, on TV, etc. She has neither.

I think Hillary has been a serviceable Senator for the great state of New York (despite her ridiculous and inexplicable position on the Iraq war) and I'd very much like to see her continue there.
posted by psmealey at 12:33 PM on May 19, 2007 [1 favorite]


Not to take this seriously (I don't) but wouldn't the Dixie Chicks song be the de facto choice, inasmuch as it would be annoying to Republicans?
posted by davejay at 12:39 PM on May 19, 2007


that is, unreasonable Republicans who take that sort of thing seriously
posted by davejay at 12:39 PM on May 19, 2007


TNK
posted by Gungho at 12:42 PM on May 19, 2007


item writes 'Can't you just picture Hillary up on stage, bashing the microphone into her skull whilst flinging her feces at an adoringly horrified crowd?'

Not really. Presidential candidates don't generally perform their campaign theme song.

If they did, I'd be pushing for 'Me So Horny'
posted by PeterMcDermott at 12:48 PM on May 19, 2007


How 'bout 'Hey, Hey, Hillary" by Dean Friedman?
posted by Bravocharlie at 2:03 PM on May 19, 2007


These all seem terrible. I think Bill had the write idea with Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop" during the 1992 campaign, which incidentally is on the turn table as I write this. Synchronicity.
posted by trbrts at 2:11 PM on May 19, 2007


davejay: "Not to take this seriously (I don't) but wouldn't the Dixie Chicks song be the de facto choice, inasmuch as it would be annoying to Republicans?"

Yea, I picked that that one just to piss off the redstaters.
posted by octothorpe at 2:14 PM on May 19, 2007


scheptech: Out of 1/3 of a billion people, the last two presidents just happen to be the son of a president and the wife of a president?

yeah, "only in america" comes to mind.
posted by de at 2:34 PM on May 19, 2007


"Nuff Teef" by Psyche Origami

"you want it
you can't have it
you don't have
'nuff teef to chew it"
posted by subtle_squid at 2:47 PM on May 19, 2007


PeterMcDermott: ... or My Humps
posted by lukemeister at 3:11 PM on May 19, 2007


"The bitch is back"
posted by mike3k at 3:27 PM on May 19, 2007


What's with all the animosity against Hillary?

She supported the war and she supports censorship of video games. She's too conservative for me. I'm voting for Obama.
posted by mike3k at 3:32 PM on May 19, 2007


Peter, Bjorn, and John - Young folks

if i told you things i did before
told you how i used to be
would you go along with someone like me
if you knew my story word for word
had all of my history
would you go along with someone like me

i did before and had my share
it didn't lead nowhere
i would go along with someone like you
it doesn't matter what you did
who you were hanging with
we could stick around and see this night through

and we don't care about the young folks
talkin' bout the young style
and we don't care about the old folks
talkin' 'bout the old style too
and we don't care about our own folks
talkin' 'bout our own stuff
all we care about is talking
talking only me and you

posted by phrontist at 4:03 PM on May 19, 2007


"Hey Ladies" by the Beastie Boys
posted by tristeza at 4:53 PM on May 19, 2007


lukemeister writes 'PeterMcDermott: ... or My Humps'

Actually lukemeister, my very first thought was to propose Peaches parody, 'My Dumps', but I thought better of it. My stomach just isn't that strong.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 4:57 PM on May 19, 2007


PeterMcDermott: Hmmm ... if it's Peaches, maybe it should be a song from Impeach My Bush. I think I'm done now :-)
posted by lukemeister at 6:08 PM on May 19, 2007


I think a perfect theme song for any candidate in 2008 would be Watershed by The Indigo Girls. It's a perfect song for the period of hardship and uncertainty we are about to enter.
posted by any major dude at 8:22 PM on May 19, 2007


"You've Got Another Thing Coming" by Judas Priest

It's probably been used before though hasn't it? I mean those lyrics are just made for a politician.
posted by vewystwange at 9:03 PM on May 19, 2007


What, no "Stand By Your Man"?
posted by dhartung at 10:50 PM on May 19, 2007


"Welcome To the Jungle." Honestly, think about that. And you realize it will be so awesome.

What we really get is everything that is wrong with Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate.
posted by dirigibleman at 11:49 PM on May 19, 2007


That, or Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nothin' To Fuck With. Either one will work.
posted by dirigibleman at 11:54 PM on May 19, 2007


Whip it. Whip it good.
posted by moonbird at 5:21 AM on May 20, 2007


Die Die Die My Darling
posted by toddbass10 at 6:36 AM on May 20, 2007


The Trouble Today With Women (the Mouth Don't Stop) by Fear
posted by AJaffe at 7:48 AM on May 20, 2007


She supported the war and she supports censorship of video games. She's too conservative for me.
posted by mike3k at 3:32 PM on May 19 [+]
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Couldn't agree more.
posted by Miles Long at 12:43 PM on May 21, 2007


Her videos asking for suggestions and reacting to the suggestions were pretty cute. In the first one she plays a clip of herself doing a terrible job singing the National Anthem. I like the self-decpreating humor.
posted by kirkaracha at 6:47 PM on May 24, 2007


Yeah, they're pretty funny, kirkaracha, I was pleasantly surprised.
posted by Kattullus at 7:44 PM on May 24, 2007


"I will be assassinated"
don't know the artist
posted by clavdivs at 10:43 AM on June 9, 2007


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