by Greg Call
The past eight years have been decent for protest songs, and I suppose the next four, at least, will be less so. It’s time to look back on the best Bush/Iraq protest music, and see if we can come up with a list that surpasses the Reagan era (should be easy) and challenges the Nixon era (not likely).
Here are my nominations:
–Randy Newman, A Few Words in Defense of Our Country
–Ted Leo, The High Party, Bomb. Repeat. Bomb., Loyal to My Sorrowful Country (“In the days when we were young, we were free, we were free/Now that Georgie’s reign’s begun, we won’t be, we can’t be”)
–Neil Young, Let’s Impeach the President, Shock & Awe, Looking for a Leader (the whole Living With War album, really)
–Spoon, Don’t Make Me A Target (“Clubs and sticks and bats and balls/for nuclear dicks with dialect drawls/they come from a parking lot town/where nothing lives in the sun”)
–Arcade Fire, Intervention
–Sleater Kinney, Combat Rock (“Show you love your country go out and spend some cash/Red white blue hot pants doing it for Uncle Sam”)
–Pearl Jam, Bushleaguer, Worldwide Suicide
–Bright Eyes, When the President Talks to God
–Kimya Dawson, Loose Lips (“and we’ll pray, all damn day, every day/that all this sh*t our president has got us in will go away”)
Any to add?