Thursday, 8 June 2017

My Top Ten Election Day Songs

It's Election Day. Get out and vote. For someone who can make a difference.

Now over to Number Ten for the results...

10. Arcadia - Election Day

Let's get this one out of the way, shall we? The link above is to the full 8 minute version, which features dry ice, cocktails, bombast, writhing girls in short leather dresses with too much make-up, soulless boardrooms, big hair, shoulder pads, meaningful glances, wine bars, pig-headed shadowplay, Freudian tunnels, trenchcoats, bad dancing... and smug, millionaire Tories.

Truly, it's everything that was wrong with the 80s in one horrendous video.

Although it does contain the lyric...
Will you embrace
His penis is reckless?
No, really, it does - have a listen! If you can bear it.

9. Rory Gallagher - Smear Campaign

One for Jeremy, I think...

The Dirty Tricks department,
Is working overtime.
Trying to stop the candidate,
From getting in this time.
The wheels are now in motion,
All the traps are set.
Under the commotion,
He'll walk into this net.

The state's intoxicated,
They're at the starting gate.
He may never make it,
To the planned T.V. debate.

He can't fight off the big bucks,
Of the old brigade.
He's gotta watch his step,
In this Smear Campaign.

They called a snap election,
In the summer heat.
This town is reeling backwards,
Like a drunk man on the street.


Feed those lies, bend those minds,
At any price.
Foul or fair, as long as he's not in there, Election Time.


Smear Campaign.
8. Bic Runga - Election Night
On the night of the election
Ancient stars will fall into the sea
And the ocean floor sings her sympathy
Sounds like Bic's predicting another Tory landslide.

7. The Replacements - Election Day

Paul Westerberg doesn't care who gets elected until he finds someone to love...

6. John Wesley Harding - Election Night

...while JWH finds temporary romantic solace in the arms of another loser.

I met you on election night
As we cried over our beers
Nothing you could do would cheer me up
We broke up later that year
How come you and I aren't winners?
Why weren't we born the other side?

5. Marvin Gaye - You're The Man

Vote Marvin.
Better hear what they have to say
'Cause the tables just might turn against you, brother
Set around Election Day
Politics and hypocrites
Is turning us all into lunatics
4. Radiohead - Electioneering

I will stop, I will stop at nothing.
Say the right things when electioneering
I trust I can rely on your vote.
When I go forwards you go backwards
and somewhere we will meet.
When I go forwards you go backwards
and somewhere we will meet.
Ha ha ha

Screaming Lord Sutch gets Thom's vote.

3. Skunk Anansie - Yes, It's Fucking Political

I'll vote whichever way Skin tells me to. She scares me. (Not as much as Theresa though.)

2. Alice Cooper - Elected

If Alice Cooper had stood against Trump, it would have been a very different story.

1. Billy Bragg - Ideology

Yes, the final word obviously has to go to Billy...
When one voice rules the nation
Just because they're on top of the pile
Doesn't mean their vision is the clearest
The voices of the people
Are falling on deaf ears
Our politicians all become careerists
They must declare their interests
But not their company cars
Is there more to a seat in parliament
Then sitting on your arse?
And the best of all this bad bunch
Are shouting to be heard
Above the sound of ideologies clashing

Outside the patient millions
Who put them into power
Expect a little more back for their taxes
Like school books, beds in hospitals
And peace in our bloody time
All they get is old men grinding axes
Who've built their private fortunes
On the things they can rely
The courts, the secret handshake
The stock exchange and the old school tie
For god and queen and country
All things they justify
Above the sound of ideologies clashing

God bless the civil service
The nation's saving grace
While we expect democracy
They're laughing in our face
And although our cries get louder
Their laughter gets louder still
Above the sound of ideologies clashing

Which MP3 gets your vote?


  1. Excellent top ten, Rol. And a fitting number one, though you could have chosen a number of BB tracks.

    Can I also pitch for Freedom by The Housemartins, to reflect media coverage of this election (and most in recent memory), notable for these lyrics:

    From the front page news to the interviews
    It's sink the reds and lift the blues.
    They pretend they're different points of view
    But it's only different shades of blue.

    But the implications I mistook
    'til I found out whose side you took,
    And now with paper in my hand
    I'm beginning to understand.

    So this is freedom, they must be joking.
    They must be joking, if they think it's true.
    So this is freedom, I doubt their truth.
    So this is freedom, for me and you.

  2. As a ballot, I would vote for Billy Bragg, but a very solid list of contenders. You would never see so many good candidates in a real ballot box. Martin's write-in vote is inspired.

  3. Yep, a very strong rundown - with the exception of bleedin' Arcadia, obvs. I'm typing this late in the day and trying hard to retain a semblance of optimism.

  4. Skunk not as scary as Theresa as you say, Alice out on tour and fighting fit so could have taken on The Trump, Billy B perfect as a No 1 and not heard that Rory song before but eerily apt for Jeremy. Feeling really down tonight and not even going to stay up to watch the results come in as I usually do BUT the polls just keep on getting it wrong so who knows?


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