Monday, 8 February 2010

Election Year Special!

Top of the political pops

It’s election year! And that means come May (or March, or whatever time in the next three months it’s called) it’s likely your mates could be arguing about politics instead of important things like which musician has the best haircut. Fear not however; because loads of great songs are either about political issues or have themes that could fit comfortably within the sphere of public policy, and I've tried to select the best of them in this list

Some of the tracks are based around obvious election issues, for example 'National Express 'by The Divine Comedy represents the inevitable debates about public transport while Blur’s 'Mr Robinson and his QUANGO' (that is a quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisation) has been chosen because of the threat of cuts from every political party. Meanwhile 'Suspicious Eyes' by The Rakes deals with the issues of security and terrorism which may or may not have been increased by the subject of Bloc Party’s 'Helicopter' - The Iraq War.

On a much less serious note 'Golden Brown' by The Stranglers is in there mainly because the title sounds like Gordon Brown, however ‘Never a frown with Gordon Brown’ probably wouldn’t work as a campaign slogan for the Prime Minister... On the other side 'The Eton Rifles' by The Jam represents David Cameron. The Eton Educated leader of the Conservative Party once said its one of his favourite songs, which didn’t go down very well with Paul Weller. While one party will form the government the others will not so 'Loser' by Beck seems highly appropriate here. Meanwhile, the leader of the winning party will become the Prime Minister the loser will no doubt be asking themselves 'Should I Stay or Should I Go?'

Maybe you won’t vote because you don’t see the point, well you’ve been covered in this Gobify list too by The Smiths with 'What Difference Does It Make?' . Of course, even if the world’s most charismatic person is elected to Parliament at the election, they won’t stay popular forever (I’m looking at you Tony Blair) so 'Can’t Stand Me Now' by The Libertines feels very relevant here!

Who knows what will happen come election time, and it may still be some way off, but you don’t need an excuse to listen to a collection of 13 vaguely related but excellent songs now do you?

  1. Blur – Mr Robinson and his QUANGO.
  2. Bloc Party – Helicopter
  3. Divine Comedy – National Express
  4. Graham Coxon – People Of The Earth
  5. The Clash – Should I Stay Or Should I go?
  6. The Stranglers – Golden Brown
  7. The Jam – The Eton Rifles
  8. Pulp – Help The Aged
  9. Peter, Bjorn and John – The Young Folks
  10. The Smiths – What Difference Does It Make
  11. The Rakes – Suspicious Eyes
  12. Beck – Loser
  13. The Libertines – Can’t Stand Me Now
(Originally written for Gobshout)

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