Monday, March 29, 2010

Think of a Song...

My colleagues at Total Politics have had a great idea to encourage voter turnout. But we need your help.

Can you think of a fairly well known pop song which has lyrics which lend themselves to encouraging people to vote?

58 comments:

Rory said...

Revolution by The Beatles

dominic said...

Semi-serious suggestion: "Jilted John" by Jilted John.

(For obvious reasons, if you know some of the lyrics)

Mr Eugenides said...

A song by Lily Allen springs to mind...

DespairingLiberal said...

I can't think of a song, but on a different matter, why is Blaney's Blarney still linked to from your blog, as it is now closed to the public?

Andy said...

How's this:

http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Vote-or-Die-lyrics-South-Park/18A9D53C122E19D248256F5700099A4B

Peter said...

My Drug Hell's little known anthem, "Vote for Me".

http://www.myspace.com/mydrughell

Richard Wells said...

'A Change Would Do you Good' by Sheryl Crow?

Dungeekin said...

There are over 40 songs, almost all tweaked to reflect on Labour's misdeeds, to be found here:

Song Parodies

Anyone is welcome to re-use, Youtube or otherwise publish any of these to dig at 'Colostomy' Brown.

D

Owen Meredith said...

There is a song... I think Darren Hayes, maybe 'spin' with a line "Government elect, nobody votes"

Right Hon. said...

Suggest a tune... certainly not.

People who need a pop song to 'encourage' them to vote don't deserve to have the vote.

Funk said...

The Universal by Blur.

It features the lyrics "Yes, the future has been sold" and the chorus has the line "It really, really, really could happen"

Tom Gilbert said...

Fight for your right (to party) - Beastie Boys

waymore said...

"Won't Get Fooled Again" The Who. Possibly brought on by "Brown Sugar" and "Hello Darlin'...

trevorsden said...

The blarney? well it IS there - you just have to register. Got a problem with that?

Me, BTW, I can't be bothered, just as I will not pay to read the Times on line. its going to make it hard to link to it - but I suppose you can link to others wholink to it even if you cannot go there withpout paying.

Songs? How about that catchy little number entitled 'Why vote for the bar-steward who ran up the debt ruined your pensions and encouraged secret mass, job-destroying, immigration - whilst at the same time grossly underfunding our fighting soldiers'

Then again there's always 'It can only get better', but thats been prooved to be a hopeless lie.

Scan said...

The tuneful ditty Die You B*****d! by Motorhead. The lyrics definitely suit Neo-Labour.

Simon Harley said...

Strawbs - "Part of the Union."

williamsjk said...

I know it's not exactly well known but 'Vote the Bastards Out' by the Spooky Men's Chorale seems rather apt for this election

Stormforce999 said...

Can only think of:

- "Get up, Stand up." Bob Marley

= "Final Countdown" Europe

Ciraric said...

Andy, I can't believe you got to it before me!

sinosimon said...

new model army......vengeance

I believe in justice
I believe in vengeance
I believe in getting the bastard

Dan said...

"Ring the Bells" by James

Benny said...

KC & the Sunchine Band- Get Down (to the polling booth) tonight

Dido - White Flag? Play that and everyone will be out of the house.

Richard said...

Things can only get better (2010 remix)

The song remains the same.

The times they are a changin'

Trumpeter Lanfried said...

I am voting
I am voting
I am voting, as you see

[To the tune of Rod Stewart's 'I am sailing.'

Sobers said...

Andy, you're a genius!!!! I nearly wet myself laughing the first time I heard that South Park episode. I reckon it would actually catch young people's attention - of course for precisely that reason some bland boring safe PC track will be chosen.

Link to youtube:possibly NSFW:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCF4NJS-gBw

2010..........It's time to change Britain said...

With the odd alteration to the lyrics here and there...... Bob Dylan's "The times they are a changin"....it's catchy and most people will have heard it

Enlightened Despot said...

Roy Orbison's "Anything You Want" seems appropriate to electioneering (unfortunately)

George said...

Money, money, money.

From Cabaret, sung by Joel Grey.

Frugal Dougal said...

I like it Dominic! "Gordon is a moron..."

How about Wasted Years by Iron Maiden?

Jimmy said...

"Tramp the Dirt Down" by Elvis Costello,

Desperate Dan said...

1. The Final Countdown.

2. First I Look at the Purse by The J. Geils Band

Thatsnews said...

There's 'Elected' by Alice Cooper.

Rory Galagher wrote something called Elected, too.

Hugo said...

Don't Stop Believin'

either by Journey or The Glee Cast!

Great track to put anyone is a hopeful mood!

Mike Law said...

"Elected" by Alice Cooper
or,
"I'm busy doing nothing" from the film A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court.

Davieboy said...

Bowie's Ch...Ch...Ch...Changes (we hope!)

Andrew Knevett said...

John Farnham - You're The Voice

Greg Callus said...

"Democracy" by Leonard Cohen?

Greg Callus said...

"Democracy" by Leonard Cohen...

Gallimaufry said...

"I Know A Song That Will Get On Your Nerves" by Joe Pasquale.

lloyd said...

'Here come the girls', seems appropriate to match the all women PPC decisions.

Roger Thornhill said...

"I'll do anything for love (but I won't do that)". Meatloaf

Paddy Briggs said...

I want a love that's right but right is only half of what's wrong,
I want a short haired girl who sometimes wears it twice as long.
I'm stepping out this old brown shoe,
Baby I'm in love with you [enter name of your prefered candidate]

manc_ill_kid said...

"If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with" - Stephen Stills

Joe Public said...

Mr Eugenides suggested a Lily Allen governmental anthem.

For those unaware of its title - it's "F@ck You"

Twig said...

Let me tell you how it will be;
There's one for you, nineteen for me.
'Cause I'm the taxman,
Yeah, I'm the taxman.

Should five per cent appear too small,
Be thankful I don't take it all.
'Cause Im the taxman,
Yeah, Im the taxman.

(if you drive a car, car;) - I'll tax the street;
(if you try to sit, sit;) - I'll tax your seat;
(if you get too cold, cold;) - I'll tax the heat;
(if you take a walk, walk;) - I'll tax your feet.

Taxman!

'Cause I'm the taxman,
Yeah, I'm the taxman.

Don't ask me what I want it for, (ah-ah, mister Darling)
If you don't want to pay some more. (ah-ah, mister Osborne)
'Cause I'm the taxman,
Yeah, I'm the taxman.

Now my advice for those who die, (taxman)
Declare the pennies on your eyes. (taxman)
'Cause I'm the taxman,
Yeah, I'm the taxman.

And you're working for no one but me.

Taxman!

Patrick said...

Meatloaf, Leonard Cohen. Rod Stewart and the "The Final Countdown".

Are you 'avin' a larf!

Your age must be larger than your waist sizes.

I thought that Iain wanted a track to encourage voting; not alienate everyone under 40.

Jim said...

Here are another 20 for you...

http://blogs.ft.com/westminster/2009/05/things-can-only-get-better-now-for-a-new-labour-tune/

bilbo said...

Three from the eighties:
'Road To Nowhere' by Talking Heads
'Beat(en) Generation' by The The
'Never Take Me Alive' by Spear Of Destiny

Hmm, none too optimistic there, so how about 'Brazil' for all Terry Gilliam fans...

Tony_E said...

@Thatsnews:
I think the Rory Gallagher song you're thinking of might be 'Smear Campaign'

Great song by the most exciting guitar player I ever heard! And very apt for the coming campaign I imagine.

TheMadCobbler said...

Fight for your right to Party?

trevorsden said...

Not sure about the election song, but from what I read of the Chancellors debate I think it will be Labour supporters singing 'Always Look On the Bright Side Of Life'

Bavarian Orange Order said...

"Sister Morphine" by The Stones

trevorsden said...

There are the top 10 US election songs here

http://blog.ez-tracks.com/public/item/how-springsteen-accidentally-won-the-presidential-election-for-reagan-top-10-campaign-songs

My vote goes for Fleetwood Mac - 'Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow'.

Cynic said...

For Gordon - Goldfinger (sung satirically)



Goldfinger
He's the man, the man with the Midas touch
A spider's touch
Such a cold finger
Beckons you to enter his web of sin
But don't go in

Golden words he will pour in your ear
But his lies can't disguise what you fear
For a golden girl knows when he's kissed her
It's the kiss of death ...

From Mister Goldfinger
Pretty girl, beware of his heart of gold
This heart is cold

Cynic said...

What about those good old Country and western songs like

How Can You Believe Me When I Say I Love You When You Know I've Been A Liar All My Life?

I Like Bananas Because They Have No Bones

I Flushed You From The Toilet Of My Heart.

I Got Tears In My Ears From Lying On My Bed Crying On My Pillow Over You.

If the Devil Danced in Empty Pockets, He'd Have a Ball in Mine

Waitin' In Your Welfare Line

Roger Thornhill said...

@Patrick

If people under 40 cannot appreciate music outside of their narrow interest then their opinion is worth what exactly?

I put forward Meatloaf but I am no fan of the song or artist as such, but it is appropriate to the question put by Iain.

John Spence said...

Obviously the wrong crowd here, but:

'The Worker's Song' by The Dropkick Murphys

Jess The Dog said...

'The Man Who Sold The World' by David Bowie, or the Nirvana acoustic version. Makes me think of that grinning tw@t Blair popping up again.

Or

'Killing in the Name' by Rage Against the Machine. Say no more.....