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Help me make a playlist with the theme of "Impeach the President"
April 19, 2007 7:19 AM   Subscribe

ATTN: Music Nerds! I'm putting together a party playlist with the theme of "Impeach the President" - any suggestions?? Help me rock the party into the streets!

Dancey stuff is preferred. Extra points for Soul / Funk stuff... some examples:

The Monkey That Became President (Pt. 1) by Brotherhood
Impeach The President by The Honeydrippers (duh!)
Mr. President by The Heptones
Don't Mess With People by Mandrill

It doesn't have to be President-centric... it can also be protesty in general... no hippie crap though! ('cept Credence... those guys are alright).
posted by MeatLightning to Media & Arts (72 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
 
Peaches - The presidents of the United States of America

Pun-tastic
posted by Jakey at 7:23 AM on April 19, 2007


Neil Young's "Let's Impeach the President" comes to mind. Off of Living with War from last year.
posted by poppo at 7:23 AM on April 19, 2007


Tom Morello has a new album out.
posted by cowbellemoo at 7:24 AM on April 19, 2007


If CCR is in, I'd say "Fortunate Son" is a no-brainer...
posted by JMOZ at 7:25 AM on April 19, 2007


Muse - Take a Bow (lyrics).
posted by zhivota at 7:32 AM on April 19, 2007


"President Forever" by Local H
posted by Atom12 at 7:33 AM on April 19, 2007


Intelligent Hoodlum's "Arrest the President" from 1990; it's about the dad, but it rocks.
posted by mediareport at 7:34 AM on April 19, 2007


R.E.M. - Ignoreland. Not explicit, but manages (I think) to reference Reagan, Nixon, and Bush Sr.

Bright Eyes - When the President Talks to God
posted by punchdrunkhistory at 7:35 AM on April 19, 2007


"when the president talks to god" by Bright Eyes. natch.
posted by rubberfish at 7:36 AM on April 19, 2007


MC5 - Kick out the Jams. Good party music, they played at the Detroit convention in '68. Has the words "Kick out" in it
posted by one_bean at 7:37 AM on April 19, 2007


David Bowie's "Young Americans" strikes the right tone and throws in a Nixon reference.
posted by hermitosis at 7:40 AM on April 19, 2007


Eminem - Mosh
posted by unixrat at 7:46 AM on April 19, 2007


Also, if you can find an mp3 of Jill Sobule's "Youthful Indiscretions", that would be sublime.
posted by hermitosis at 7:47 AM on April 19, 2007


The Rub - George Bush Is An Islamic Fundamentalist
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 7:48 AM on April 19, 2007


Mosh video on YouTube - at least until it gets pulled down.
posted by unixrat at 7:48 AM on April 19, 2007


Juvenile - Get Ya Hustle On (about Katrina and Bush)
Lil Wayne - Georgia Bush (also about Katrina and Bush)
Dead Prez - Know Your Enemy
posted by dead_ at 7:50 AM on April 19, 2007


Son of a Bush - Public Enemy
posted by unixrat at 7:53 AM on April 19, 2007


Non Phixion - I Shot Reagan
posted by dead_ at 7:56 AM on April 19, 2007


Beastie Boys - In A World Gone Mad
posted by dead_ at 7:56 AM on April 19, 2007


Dada - Dizz Knee Land

"I just flipped off President George ..."
posted by rfs at 8:01 AM on April 19, 2007


The Chi-Lites - "(For God's Sake) Give More Power To The People"
posted by kimota at 8:01 AM on April 19, 2007


Pearl Jam - Bu$hleaguer
posted by robcorr at 8:02 AM on April 19, 2007


NIN's "The Hand That Feeds"
posted by Lyn Never at 8:04 AM on April 19, 2007


Another NIN song: "Capital G"
posted by Prospero at 8:07 AM on April 19, 2007


Just bump a lotta stuff from the Coup. Funky, dancy, and super political.
posted by Ufez Jones at 8:09 AM on April 19, 2007


If you're into punk, the Fat Wreck Chords comp Rock Against Bush fits the bill.

Home of the Brave by Mr. Lif on the Emergency Rations EP is awesome.

Ani DiFranco's Self Evident is another great one.
posted by AV at 8:13 AM on April 19, 2007


Whoops, didn't read that you wanted dancey/funky stuff.

Rage Against the Machine, Take the Power Back is probably (a little) closer to the mark.

What about Michael Franti's "Rock the Nation"?
posted by robcorr at 8:15 AM on April 19, 2007


Paris - Bush Killa
posted by box at 8:20 AM on April 19, 2007


Here Comes President Kill Again - XTC
posted by wsg at 8:20 AM on April 19, 2007


How about "Megalomaniac" by Incubus?
posted by PFL at 8:24 AM on April 19, 2007


How about "I'm with Stupid" by the Pet Shop Boys. It's on their latest album, Fundamental.
It's about the Blair/Bush relationship - the (overwhelmingly gay) American audience at a PSB concert in DC lapped it up.
posted by tonylord at 8:26 AM on April 19, 2007


NOFX has a pretty good album named "War on Errorism" that might have a few songs to fit the bill. It sounds like either "Franco Un-American" or "Idiots are Taking over" might be a good match.
posted by aranyx at 8:30 AM on April 19, 2007


The Thermals - God and Country
posted by hydrophonic at 8:37 AM on April 19, 2007


"Seconds" by Le Tigre
"Fuck the President" by Witchypoo
posted by kitty teeth at 8:37 AM on April 19, 2007


"Vietnam" by The Minutemen. Still very resonant, and dancy as hell.
posted by saladin at 8:50 AM on April 19, 2007


"Dick is a Killer" by The Party Party. Can't seem to find a live download link for it out there, but, well, I'm sure it's out there.
posted by adamrice at 8:50 AM on April 19, 2007


Sunday Bloody Sunday, sung by George Bush - http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6805063692754011230

also, there is a version of "Imagine" out there, the John Lennon song.
posted by lubujackson at 8:57 AM on April 19, 2007


"Idiot son of an asshole" by, I believe, NoFX
posted by notsnot at 8:57 AM on April 19, 2007


Actually the entire "Year Zereo" album by NIN/Reznor ;-)

"American Idiot" & Dean Gray's "American Edit"

I don't know about 'impeachment' tracks directly, but of course some classic anti-war/establishment stuff could include:

Eve of Destruction - Barry McGuire?
(Not too hippi'ish, I hope)

War Pigs - Black Sabbath
posted by jkaczor at 9:03 AM on April 19, 2007


"Making Flippy-Floppy" by the Talking Heads.

(It features the lyric "Our president's crazy-- Did you hear what he said?" Presumably they were talking about Reagan, but it still fits.)
posted by Shoeburyness at 9:08 AM on April 19, 2007


"Bush War Blues" by Billy Bragg.
Or actually, lots of Billy Bragg stuff. "Take Down the Union Jack," "NPWA," "The World Turned Upside Down."
posted by roll truck roll at 9:13 AM on April 19, 2007


!!! - Shit Scheisse Merde:
"What'd George Bush say when he met Tony Blair? (Shit Scheisse Merde) He said "You act like you care and I'll care like I care and we'll both stay rich""

!!! is dancy as all get-out. Ideal party music.

Check their last.fm and see if you like their style. If so, shoot me an email and I'll get you the track.
posted by tylermoody at 9:15 AM on April 19, 2007


Burnin' Bush -- Earth Wind & Fire
posted by Terminal Verbosity at 9:21 AM on April 19, 2007


George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People by The Legendary K.O.
posted by ga$money at 9:58 AM on April 19, 2007


TV on the Radio - Dry Drunk Emperor
posted by fishmasta at 10:06 AM on April 19, 2007


The Gulf War Song by Moxy Fruvous is good...written for his dad, of course, but still relevant. Probably too slow for a good party mix but worth mentioning nontheless.
posted by cabingirl at 10:15 AM on April 19, 2007


Radiohead: 2+2=5
posted by Windigo at 10:21 AM on April 19, 2007


Dead Kennedys- We've Got An Even Bigger Problem Now

Last call for alcohol. Last call for your freedom of speech. Drink up. Happy hour is now enforced by law. Don't forget our house special, it's called a Trickie Dickie Screwdriver. It's got one part Jack Daniels, two parts purple Kool-Aid, and a jigger of formaldehyde from the jar with Hitler's brain in it we got in the back storeroom.
posted by InfidelZombie at 10:29 AM on April 19, 2007


Ministry - No W
posted by thanotopsis at 10:43 AM on April 19, 2007


MC Frontalot's Special Delivery
posted by harmfulray at 10:49 AM on April 19, 2007 [1 favorite]


Heaven 17 - (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thing
Heaven 17 - Lets All Make A Bomb
posted by Webbster at 10:55 AM on April 19, 2007


KMFDM- Moron
posted by The GoBotSodomizer at 11:04 AM on April 19, 2007


In addition to War on Errorism, check out NOFX's album "Wolves In Wolves' Clothing", with such fun tracks as "USA-holes" and "Leaving Jesusland." (Fat Mike, of NOFX, was the driving force behind the Rock Against Bush compilations mentioned above.")

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists also have a number of songs that, while not specifically naming Dubya, are REAL pissed about the current administration. ("The High Party", etc.) It's indie-rock-danceable, if not quite funk/soul.
posted by theoddball at 11:11 AM on April 19, 2007


For the cynics in the crowd, I'd go with The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again ("Meet the new boss, same as the old boss").
posted by Partial Law at 11:18 AM on April 19, 2007


Damn! Beat to the Ted Leo punch by two comments.

I'd suggest "Bomb.Repeat.Bomb" in particular. It's not about the war in Iraq, but if you miss the parallels, well...
posted by god hates math at 11:30 AM on April 19, 2007


Not really dance, and mentioned above but pretty much any Rage Against the Machine song will fit the bill.

Also, while Corrosion of Conformity's 'Vote with a Bullet' isn't about this president or impeachment, it definitely has a theme that would work here.
posted by quin at 11:41 AM on April 19, 2007


thanks everyone - good stuff indeed!
posted by MeatLightning at 12:10 PM on April 19, 2007


Nelly McKay - David. Sample lyric:
"Mister bushie says
I'm your president
I have lots to say
Hey hey hey
And click goes the remote
There you have my vote
Catchin' the next boat out of here"
posted by bluefly at 1:19 PM on April 19, 2007


"New Kicks" by Le Tigre, on the album "This Island". Very dancable, and very explicitly about protesting the Iraq war.

No blood for oil!
We will not be violent!
No blood for oil!We will not be violent!
No blood for oil!

"We will not go to war, for a selected president, who wasn't even elected!"

We must stand here, token, abound and unchained.
We need healthcare!
We need education!
We need freedom in this nation!
Freedom in this nation!
Freedom in this nation!
Freedom in this nation!

posted by gmarceau at 1:25 PM on April 19, 2007


Not overly dancey, but there's always "Favourite Son" by Green Day and "Top of the World" by AAR...
posted by Phire at 1:45 PM on April 19, 2007


Fat Wreck Chords put out a couple compilations on that theme called Rock Against Bush. That was my original answer, but googling for that (because I couldn't remember the name) uncovered a lot more.

Here's a couple of sites with a zillion downloadable anti-Bush songs. (Warning - nightmarish web design ahoy)

This site for a political compilation might be a good way to sample (stream) some tracks, too, and this compilation is free to download, track by track.

In general you're in good shape because, for a period, a lot of big artists recorded political songs to be released for free on the internet. Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, and Sage Francis are a few that come to mind. (Direct song links)
posted by churl at 2:02 PM on April 19, 2007


(sorry for redundantfilter, i somehow overlooked the previous mentions of rock against bush in my fragile, hungover state)
posted by churl at 2:05 PM on April 19, 2007


Absolutely "Dick is a Killer." Brilliant & funny. Best download link is at archive.org; get mp3 or ogg at the bottom of this page.
posted by allterrainbrain at 2:36 PM on April 19, 2007


Raise a Little Hell - Trooper
posted by perpetualstroll at 3:03 PM on April 19, 2007


check out the band called Please Inform the Capitan this is a Hijack.

dancy / punky / political
posted by Lizc at 3:11 PM on April 19, 2007


DJ C's Bush mix follows a general anti-Bush theme. Featuring a few tracks mentioned above, and also DJ Sux's admirably direct Fuck You George Bush.
posted by plant at 3:24 PM on April 19, 2007


R.E.M., 'Final Straw'.
posted by danwalker at 6:51 PM on April 19, 2007


The Dead Milkmen, Right Wing Pigeons

The Dead Kennedys, California Uber Alles
Aaah, to live in more innocent times... Back when the scariest thought imaginable was Jerry Brown someday becoming President.... sigh...
posted by Afroblanco at 8:27 PM on April 19, 2007


Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, "California Über Alles"
posted by oats at 9:20 PM on April 19, 2007


d00d:

Okkervil River - The President's Dead [mp3 hosted by the label]

[NPR Story]

Great song.
posted by yeti at 7:07 AM on April 20, 2007


Dear Mr. President by Pink.
posted by aebaxter at 8:00 AM on April 20, 2007


The Flaming Lips - Free Radicals?
posted by lioness at 5:59 PM on April 23, 2007


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