Author Topic: Politicians in Lyrics  (Read 1170 times)

Brundle-Fly

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Re: Politicians in Lyrics
« Reply #30 on: December 22, 2018, 07:59:20 PM »
It's 'While the Tsar and Jim have tea'', but it is referring to Leonid Brezhnev and Jimmy Carter, as the song is about all wars through the ages ('I have

My favourite Jimmy Carter song.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h874BPSnbWc

buzby

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Re: Politicians in Lyrics
« Reply #31 on: December 22, 2018, 08:27:22 PM »
"He's even more over than the mayor Ed Koch" - Johnny Ryall, Beastie Boys
'Mr. Dinkins, would you please be my mayor? You'll be doing us a really big favour' - Phife Dawg in A Tribe Called Quest's Can I Kick It?
Dinkins defeated Ed Koch in the 1990 mayoral election, but proved to be a bad choice. In later live performances, Phife substituted the line with 'Mr. Dinkins was a fucked-up mayor'

Brundle-Fly

  • I'm so Avant-garden variety
Re: Politicians in Lyrics
« Reply #32 on: December 22, 2018, 09:00:41 PM »
Bring Me The Head of Michael Portillo - The Family Cat
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Zkr0DLtlwQ

Twed

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Re: Politicians in Lyrics
« Reply #33 on: December 22, 2018, 10:21:46 PM »
All the ones in Sting's interminable "Russians".

Re: Politicians in Lyrics
« Reply #34 on: December 22, 2018, 10:50:57 PM »
There's a couple of songs on The Incredible String Band's album 'Wee Tam And The Big Huge' that mention Hitler, 'Maya' and 'Lordly Nightshade'.  Cleopatra and Richard the Lionheart are also namechecked in the former of those.

Re: Politicians in Lyrics
« Reply #35 on: December 22, 2018, 10:54:59 PM »
Stalin Wasn't Stallin'

Eisenhower Blues.

"I've been consulted by Franklin D" - I Can't Get Started.

If we include activists:

Biko

Lennon shit:

Angela

John Sinclair






Re: Politicians in Lyrics
« Reply #37 on: December 24, 2018, 03:04:29 PM »
Well there are quite a few in Billy Joel's 'We Didn't Start the Fire', along with lots of musicians, actors, plays, musicals, films and of course children of thalidomide.

From memory (honest guv):

Harry Truman
Richard Nixon
Juan Peron
Ho Chi Minh
JFK
Profumo (references as British politician sex)
JFK blown away
Richard Nixon back again
Reagan


Re: Politicians in Lyrics
« Reply #38 on: December 24, 2018, 04:07:35 PM »
The Rutles' Back in 64 has a Benjamin Disraeli mention.  I need to replay a few anarchopunk records.  They must be packed to the gills with them.

Captain Poodle Basher

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Re: Politicians in Lyrics
« Reply #39 on: December 24, 2018, 05:42:34 PM »
Jimmy Cliff - Wonderful world, beautiful people.

Richard Nixon
Harold Wilson
Georges Pompidou
Alexei Kosygin


Lordofthefiles

  • A dog with two dicks or a dick with two dogs
Re: Politicians in Lyrics
« Reply #40 on: January 05, 2019, 08:56:08 PM »
"Give me back the Berlin Wall,
Give me Stalin and St. Paul,
Give me Christ or give me Hiroshima,
Destroy another fetus now,
We don't like children anyhow,
I've seen the future, baby,
it is murder"


kngen

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Re: Politicians in Lyrics
« Reply #41 on: January 06, 2019, 02:28:04 PM »
I am Governor Jerry Brown....

I was always interested to see whether Jerry Brown's governorship would outlast the Queen's ... well ... life, as if it did, California Uber Alles would replace Anarchy in the UK as an iconic 70s punk song that is still completely relevant in regards to the establishment figure it excoriates.

But his final term ends tomorrow, so that dream is over. Oh well.

Re: Politicians in Lyrics
« Reply #42 on: January 06, 2019, 06:43:08 PM »
More political economist than politician, but Karl Marx squeezed his carbuncles / While writing Das Kapital in There She Goes, My Beautiful World by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds (alongside various other famous deaths in varying degrees of historical accuracy).


Re: Politicians in Lyrics
« Reply #43 on: January 07, 2019, 12:40:38 PM »
Decent BC Camplight song about Theresa May, although she's not named: https://youtu.be/080MlQXiLwI

Captain Z

  • Oh yeah my cholesterol's going down
Re: Politicians in Lyrics
« Reply #44 on: January 07, 2019, 01:09:13 PM »
Eminem must have done loads. I can think of Dick Cheney and Hillary Clinton off the top of my head:

I know you got a job Ms. Cheney
But your husband's heart problem is complicating


Hillary Clinton tried to slap me and call me a pervert
I ripped her fuckin' tonsils out and fed her sherbet



The Beloved - Hello mentions at least one:

sir bufton tufton, jean paul sartre
zippy, bungle, jeffrey archer
andre previn and the lso
hello, hello, hello, hello...



Re: Politicians in Lyrics
« Reply #45 on: January 07, 2019, 02:03:44 PM »
No one?  Okay

Gordon Brown, texture like sun...

Re: Politicians in Lyrics
« Reply #46 on: January 11, 2019, 12:30:28 AM »
Thugs Club from Jeff Beck's very angry album Loud Hailer, trouble is by the time time the album was released Cameron and Osbourne were already half way out of the door.


"Thugs Club"

Looking for Larry, has somebody seen him?
Last seen with a case full of cash down 8th
Singing 'all right'. Larry's all right.

We're going after Larry
'Cos we got some questions.
'Cos some of his sums don't add up.
But as long as little Larry's all right.
Yeah, people like Larry are always all right.

So we'll feed your greed
'Til you're too fat to run.
Then you'll hear the 'bang bang'
Of the poor man's gun.

Watch out!

Looking for David, has somebody seen him?
His ignorant statement's brainwashing my nation.
But as long as Davy's all right.
Davy's all right.

We're going after George that creepy little puppet.
There's real men in those battleships baby. Ah fuck it.
As long as Georgie's Porgie's all right.
Generations of Georges are always all right.

So we'll sit and watch the horrible things that you do
And if someone points a finger near you.
You'll just blame it on the...

'Cause it's a rich man's war
And only the rich will win.
Sit in their towers watching men suffering.
But we won't fight your war no more.

'Cause it's a rich man's game
And only the super rich win.
Sit in their towers watching men suffering.
But we wont fight your war no more.

Looking for Rupert last seen witn the devil.
He's buying him diamonds. Australia's finest.
Rupert's all right.
As long as he's selling papers
He'll sleep tight at night.

And Melissa and Sean who work for the Foxes.
Your presentation's crass
And your opinions aren't facts.
When you dumb down the news
You dumb down the future
Then you can just tell us what you want
And us 'dumb dumbs' will believe ya.

So we'll sit and watch the horrible things that you do
And if someone points a finger near you.
You'll just blame it on the...

'Cause it's a rich man's war
And only the rich will win.
Sit in their towers watching men suffering.
But we won't fight your war no more.

'Cause it's a rich man's game
And only the super rich win.
Sit in their towers watching men suffering.
But we won't fight your war no more.

We're looking for leaders, royals, actors and singers.
Anyone polluting this world with bile and venom.
Not compassion, understanding, responsibility and hugs.
Those people who use their power to spit hate and not to spread love.