Bumper Music- Let's Work Together!

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Greetings friends, patriots, and believers in democracy! The staff here at the Thom Hartmann Program wants to start a "community-style" discussion with you about the show's bumper music! (The bumper music is the music we play when we come back from a commerical break, right before Thom starts talking.) We pick the songs to play every morning with relevence to current topics, news, etc... As you can guess we try to rotate the songs and keep things as fresh as possible! We are always updating our bumper music library with more and more songs daily, which brings us to the "Tag You're It" part! If you have any suggestions of music we should play please post them on this board!

Here are a couple things to keep in mind when thinking bumper music: Up-beat (lots of energy), good lyrics, and no cuss words ever!!! We really appreicate your help and creativity. Now... TAG YOU'RE IT!!!

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You used to have a page with links to some of the music you use on the show. It would be nice to have that page back.

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The bumpers are listed in Sue's Daily Stack every day. We send out the daily stack in the newsletter after the show and then it's posted on the site later as Sue's Daily Stack under radio show. Sue and Jacob put alot of work into posting the bumpers daily. Are you signed up for the newsletter?

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Leonard Cohen has some great tunes and lyrics:

Everybody Knows

First we take Manhattan

The Future

(These have political themes)

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I think you're already doing a great job. I thought of another labor/waitress song, maybe for labor day, "Boogie-Woogie Blueplate" by Maryann Price. Upbeat and short. thanx!

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How about some world music. Cacao would be a great one to start with; best Cuban music anywhere. How about some Middle Eastern Rap? Or maybe some more Independent labels; Michael Franti, Tracy Chapman, or hear some 'urban' voices present and past JZ, Tupac Shakur, Queen Latifah, etc.

Or how about even John Trudell; playing cuts from Tribal Voices, Graffiti Man, Bone Daze, or Blue Indians.

As a matter of fact it might be interesting to have Trudell on for an interview ...maybe for Columbus Day ... if you have not heard him speak, he's an extremely eloquent spokesman for Indigenous issues.

Those are my suggestions at present.

Good Luck!

Pro-Liberate!

-OSR

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Here's a song I would like to suggest, listen to it with the Bush Admin in mind.

Spiraling Shape by They Might Be Giants.

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Here's another vote for Michael Franti & Spearhead (GREAT choice, smartrat), specifically 2 tunes from the album "Yell Fire" - the title track, and Light Up Your Lighter.

I'd also like to suggest two tunes from Gov't Mule's "High and Mighty" album - Like Flies, and Unring the Bell.

And finally, a nice, bouncy number from California's ALO, from the album "Roses & Clover" called Lady Loop - this one would be PERFECT for situations where Thom wants to point out some form of hypocracy or self-contradiction. Here's the opening verse -

I hear you talkin' out the right side,
I hear you talkin' out the left side,
I hear you talk about the way things ought to be.
I gotta figure out your angle.
I got the feelin' that you're no angel.
Your preachin' style's not foolin' me.

Thanks for asking!

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Electric Avenue by Eddy Grant,
Allentown by Billy Joel, who, along with Thom Hartmann, is the other boomer who gets it about generation-X,
Don't Push Me by Grandmaster Flash

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mstaggerlee - The ALO tune Lady Loop is so awesome! Thank you so much!!! As well as the Michael Franti & Spearhead tunes! I've never heard Michael Franti before and literally became an instant fan! Keep the tunes coming everybody!!! Thank you so much!


- Jacob


:o)

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Don Henleys CD: Inside Job, has several great tunes that fit topics Thom's shows cover. i.e."Nobody Else In The World But You","Inside Job". Also, Jackson Browns newer CD has some great tunes that would match up well. Thanks for the music! It's a great addition.

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Quote thboardop:

...." We are always updating our bumper music library with more and more songs daily, which brings us to the "Tag You're It" part! If you have any suggestions of music we should play please post them on this board!...."

Louise, I love your taste in bumper music!

I heard a story about what is on the Pope's iPod

That Vatican playlist in full

The Beatles Revolver
David Crosby If I Could Only Remember My Name
Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon
Fleetwood Mac Rumours
Donald Fagen The Nightfly
Michael Jackson Thriller
Paul Simon Graceland
U2 Achtung Baby
Oasis (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Carlos Santana Supernatural

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The David Crosby album caught my eye~

check who plays on this tune~David Crosby, Neil Young, Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and Michael Shrieve

DAVID CROSBY lyrics -" What Are Their Names "

I think this tune would make great bumper music because of the long instrumental lead in that could be edited and adjusted to length
[Instrumental (Electric Guitars)]

I wonder who they are
The men who really run this land
And I wonder why they run it
With such a thoughtless hand

What are their names
And on what streets do they live
I'd like to ride right over
This afternoon and give
Them a piece of my mind
About peace for mankind
Peace is not an awful lot to ask

[Instrumental Ending (Electric Guitars)]

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All The Best!

Daily

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Rush, the progressive rock group, has tons of great songs and lyrics. One website notes some song quotes by Neil Peart. http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Neil_Peart

If I ever have kids, they will be educated in part by this group.

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Don Henley's Dirty Laundry

Joe Hill, any rendition, esp. performed by Paul Robeson

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I, too, would like to see a window or page to some of the artists and titles of the bumper music you play.

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We would need a volunteer to organize that. We get them listed in the Daily Stack every day.

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good political message in Handlebars by the Flobots

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLUX0y4EptA

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Perfect bumper song for Fundamentalist Christians: "Jesus Loves Me (But He Can't Stand You)" by the Austin Lounge Lizards!

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Also "Zen Gospel Singing" by the Austin Lounge Lizards.

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The mind spins just thinking of the possibilities...or maybe I just remember that records used to go round and round.

Anyway, this might be a good place to recall a story:

Colin Powell and Pete Seeger both recieved Kennedy Center honors a few years back. So, with Colin Powell sitting there on the stage, Pete sang Country Joe's "Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag."

A few suggestions:

Tom Paxton - Buy a Gun for Your Son, I'm Changing My Name to Fanny Mae

The Weavers - The Banks are Made of Marble

Phil Ochs - (Almost anything) Santo Domingo, Cops of the World, Crucifixion

I'll also echo the Michael Franti suggestion.

A couple of days ago Thom asked for links about South America; check out the work of Mark Weisbrot.

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ps Tar Beach - John Sebastian (I know its about sunbathing on urban roofs, but...)

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Merle Haggard.." Rainbow Stew "

Beach Boys. " Don't Go Near The Water "

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Ok, here's a few

The Staple Singers:
Long Walk To D.C.
I'll Take You There
Touch A Hand (Make A Friend)
Be What You Are
We'll Get Over

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How about some good ole Bruce Cockburn?

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How about having some more adrenalin charged music. Grunge/The Seattle Sound and that era (1988-1994) is a great place to start:

The Melvins- A History of Bad Men
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ank_2cZvdYU

Love Battery Half Past You
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_1pAW7sBow

Love Battery Out Of Focus
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6LB0MQI4V4

Gruntruck - All right
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opzP_l1JR6Y

Tad - Dementia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBlCfwTragw

Jack Pepsi - Tad
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il066mCId1s

Swerve Driver - Never Lose That Feeling
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYwvJgE7l14

Swerve Driver - Duel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9xCibsXdqI

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New World Man by RUSH

"He's got a problem with his power/With weapons on patrol/He's got to walk a fine line/And keep his self-control"

Fight the Power by Public Enemy

"Got to give us what we want/Gotta give us what we need/Our freedom of speech is freedom or death/We've got to fight the powers that be" (get the clean version to avoid one explitive)"

Television by Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy (ALMOST ALL SONGS APPLY)

"Television the drug of the Nation/Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation/...Socialism means unamerican/...It's the perpetuation of the two party system/Where image takes place over wisdom/Where sound bite politics are served/To the fast food culture"

Bullet the Blue Sky by U2

And I can see those fighter planes
Across the mud huts as children sleep
Through the alleys of a quiet city street.
Up the staircase to the first floor
We turn the key and slowly unlock the door
As a man breathes into his saxophone
And through the walls you hear the city groan.
Outside, is America
Outside, is America

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We've got a bigger problem now by the Dead Kennedys

(pieces of it won't make sense because it was written with Reagan in mind - only one line that would need cutting, but overall it's timeless)

You'll go quitely to boot camp
They'll shoot you dead, make you a man (Pat Tillman?)
Don't you worry, it's for a cause
Feeding global corporations' claws (Halliburton, Blackwater, excuse me, Xe)

Die on our brand new poison gas (BP byproducts)
El Salvador or Afghanistan (good places for war in any decade I guess)

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Just to expand the weed songs beyond Afroman's Because I Got High:

Kevin Grady - The Marijuana Song
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6U3Wq-3jy0

Toby Keith - Ill never smoke weed with Willie again
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iezk-z6hy9k

Snoop Dogg ft. Willie Nelson - My Medicine
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWCa3GvbNUE

Snoop Dogg & Willie Nelson in Amsterdam (at De Melkweg, I think during the Cannabis Cup) - I Aint Superman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyLReBNDlnk

And of course:

Cypress Hill - Hits From Da Bong
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qoCq-KsmZU

Kottonmouth Kings - Proud To Be A Stoner
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OelysykSytA

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Quote MrK:

Just to expand the weed songs beyond Afroman's Because I Got High:

A far FAR better Afroman song about weed is "Sell Your Dope" -- seriously, best rap song ever.

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Quote Poor Richard:

Leonard Cohen has some great tunes and lyrics:

Everybody Knows

First we take Manhattan

The Future

(These have political themes)

Count me in as agreeing with Poor Richard

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Quote MrK:

Just to expand the weed songs beyond Afroman's Because I Got High:

Kevin Grady - The Marijuana Song
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6U3Wq-3jy0

Toby Keith - Ill never smoke weed with Willie again
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iezk-z6hy9k

Snoop Dogg ft. Willie Nelson - My Medicine
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWCa3GvbNUE

Snoop Dogg & Willie Nelson in Amsterdam (at De Melkweg, I think during the Cannabis Cup) - I Aint Superman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyLReBNDlnk

And of course:

Cypress Hill - Hits From Da Bong
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qoCq-KsmZU

Kottonmouth Kings - Proud To Be A Stoner
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OelysykSytA

a classic from 1970

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzdLUU7jRx4

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I can't leave out Commander Cody

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9QIpSg6E_k&feature=related

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Quote kilgore:a classic from 1970

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzdLUU7jRx4

Very funny. :)

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Quote MrK:
Quote kilgore:a classic from 1970

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzdLUU7jRx4

Very funny. :)

jesse didn't get the air time he deserved in the 60s and early 70s but thankfully President Carter let this brave protester and thousands of others come home

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Saturday in the park

(Chicago:Songwriters: Lamm, Robert William)

Saturday in the park
I think it was the Fourth of July
Saturday in the park
I think it was the Fourth of July
People dancing, people laughing
A man selling ice cream
Singing Italian songs
Eicay vare, eise narde
Can you dig it (yes, I can)
And I've been waiting such a long time
For Saturday

Another day in the park
I think it was the Fourth of July
Another day in the park
I think it was the Fourth of July
People talking, really smiling
A man playing guitar
Singing for us all
Will you help him change the world
Can you dig it (yes, I can)
And I've been waiting such a long time
For today

Slow motion riders fly the colors of the day
A bronze man still can tell stories his own way
Listen children all is not lost
All is not lost
Oh no, no

Funny days in the park
Every day's the Fourth of July
Funny days in the park
Every day's the Fourth of July
People reaching, people touching
A real celebration
Waiting for us all
If we want it, really want it
Can you dig it (yes, I can)
And I've been waiting such a long time
For the day

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Quote lorne:

Rush, the progressive rock group, has tons of great songs and lyrics. One website notes some song quotes by Neil Peart. http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Neil_Peart

If I ever have kids, they will be educated in part by this group.

Excellent call!

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Im with MattA - Bruce Cockburn !!! (pronounced Co-burn)

An upbeat one from his 80's rocker period... "They Call It Democracy"

Quote Bruce!!:

Padded with power here they come

International loan sharks backed by the guns

Of market hungry military profiteers

Whose word is a swamp

And whose brow is smeared with the blood of the poor.

Who rob life of its quality

Who render rage a necessity

By turning countries into labor camps

Modern slavers and dragon's champions of freedom.

IMF dirty MF

Takes away everything it can get

Always making certain that there's one thing left

Keep them on the ropes with unsupportable debt.

And they call it democracy.

And they call it democracy.

And they call it democracy....

Bruce is a guitar wizard with a full vocal range and an awesome poet - he's in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame - Bruce was recently celebrated in Toronto (available on CNBC) You can hear Bruce at True North.

His best known songs are "If A Tree Falls In The Forest.." and "If I Had A Rocket Launcher" - BNL's first hit was Bruce's "Lovers in a Dangerous TIme".

Try "Wait No More" (I'm it!) , "Put It In Your Heart" (Tag you're it!) , and "The Trains Don’t Go There Anymore," (de-industrialization) ... It's all good...

and of course: Michael Franti - Bomb Bomb and so many more...

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Here's some that haven't been mentioned yet. Pretty much all of these are political.

John Lennon - Power to the People - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wos-dDxpJlQ
Black Eyed Peas - Power to the People - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUbvYMweQy0

Patti Smith - People Have the Power - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbkKYTfUVx0

Earth Opera - Great American Eagle Tragedy (hard to find clip anywhere, lyrics here - http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&add...

Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpkGvk1rQBI (lead singer now heads up government dept for the environment in Australia!)

Midnight Oil - Blue Sky Mine - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nehTQIhw0-U (pretty relevant now with mining disasters!)

Bruce Springsteen - The Ghost of Tom Joad - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DEtA5fhk4k

Bruce Springsteen - My Hometown - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CSFSX-Qh54

Heaven 17 - Crushed by the Wheels of Industry - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0KmN2LEITE

Heaven 17 - We Don't Need this Fascist Groove Thing! - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9B-uWoYs3X4

The Clash - Career Opportunities - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqJdGlwLAcc

Billy Bragg - Internationale - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk69e1Vcmvg

Gil Scott-Heron - Work for Peace - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPqpV9olIlw

Dave Matthews Band - Everybody Wake Up - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75MY9OFae1Q

Lizzie West & the White Buffalo - 19 Miles to Baghdad - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om6b9G0uePo

Iris Dement - Wasteland of the Free - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhgb9hYjX3g

Stephan Smith - Business

Ian Rhett - (I didn't know I was) UnAmerican

Cucumbers - Illegal

Cat Power - Maybe Not - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skreabVrMRk

Jonatha Brooke - WAR

1000 Paper Cranes - Baghdad Suite

Rex Alpha - It's Ecocide (BP oil spill) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4QLckqzA70

To be released soon:
Bright Eyes - Coyote Song (anti-Arizona song)

Parody:
WWDMDD - BP Gulf Oil Spill Song (Beverly Hillbillies parody) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNDP-7og3aU

Parody to make:
Thompson Twins - Don't Mess with Dr. Dream (Update to be "Don't Mess with Dr Dean" if Howard Dean starts a new party) - original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zH17bmDzuAk

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Cars and guitars - the mighty Swervedriver. Beautiful harmonies and riffs.

Swervedriver - Never Lose That Feeling
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYwvJgE7l14

Swervedriver - Sandblasted
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEi7DGe6xO4

Swervedriver - Rave Down
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGDIGbPLQ4U

Swervedriver - Last Train To Satansville
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfRheSlOvUs

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Another song by Midnight Oil that's completely relevant to the BP oil disaster is "River Runs Red (Black Rain falls)" which totally forecasts the Corexant rain that BP's unleashed on the Southeast. Check out this page for this song and Blue Sky Mine that Midnight Oil played in a street protest performance in front of the Exxon building in New York 20 years ago in response to the Exxon Valdez spill.

http://www.slicingupeyeballs.com/2010/05/28/midnight-oil-exxon-video-bla...

And of course Peter Garrett still works today to protect the environment in Australia's government as its Environment minister.

We need more musicians like Peter and his gang today!

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Anything by Gianluca Zanna

NEW WORLD ORDER http://unitedstates.fm/music/NewWorldOrderMix04.mp3

GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EI2bfWiotGY

DONT TREAD ON US http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFKzbN_0WLw

THANK YOU AMERICA http://unitedstates.fm/music/Thank%20You%20America%20classic.mp3

WE THE PEOPLE http://unitedstates.fm/music/wethepeople.mp3

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One of the anthems stuck in my mind from the 60's/70's.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8zmkzshUvE&feature=related

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probably not what you want but more than worth a look

rocking russkies

http://www.tothepointnews.com/content/view/3114/85/

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Quote calipendence:Gil Scott-Heron - Work for Peace - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPqpV9olIlw

Gil Scott-Heron | We Almost Lost Detroit
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b54rB64fXY4

On nuclear power and M.U.S.E. (Musicians United for Safe Energy).

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I can't believe no one has mentioned Rage Against The Machine yet.

And the videos are something to behold too.

Rage Against The Machine

The Ghost Of Tom Joad (protagonist of The Grapes Or Wrath)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjGmNYihLoM

RATM - Killing in the name - official video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkuOAY-S6OY

On police brutality

Rage Against The Machine - Testify Music Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JSBhI_0at0

GW/Al Gore, "free trade" and the death penalty (and that's just the first 10 seconds). Nice song in case there ever will be impeachment.

Rage Against The Machine - Sleep Now In The Fire
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wu67yo-3jfw

Rage Against the Machine - People of The Sun
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hQgCJGNspI

Rage Against The Machine - Wake up
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1T8xgHdMEM

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Thank you very much for playing the Charley Pride song "Burger and fries" today.

It's been over 10 years since I've heard that song.

I used to work as Charley's Stage Manager in Branson.

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The new anthem:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVoP5SvqJVo

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Thank you all for your contributions! This thread has become officially amazing! Keep up the great work everybody!

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I love the wide variety you play on the show! Here are a couple suggestions that come immediately to mind:

The 30 second Bewitched intro music (its upbeat and fun, could be used in a 'voodoo economics' piece)

"Lawyers, Guns & Money" - Warren Zevon

"911 is a Joke" - Public Enemy

"People Have the Power" - Patti Smith

"Kharma Police" or "No Surprises" - Radiohead

And a personal, shameless plug (sent this to Louise recently), "Transnational Welfare Queen" by Silk & Olive

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Hi all. My suggestion would be John Fogerty. He has had a long progressive (peace, freedom) strain to his music. His last album 'Revival' has a number of tunes that may be appropriate for various topics, including: Don't You Wish It Was True, Gunslinger, (and the Bush,Cheney rave-up), I Can't Take It No More.

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Try The Clash's "Know Your Rights"

Awesome early '80s punk.

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