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I love the music on your show. However, one group I have never heard on your show and didn't see in your suggestions that I would like to hear on your show is the British band Muse, in particular, the songs "Uprising" or "Resistance" which have political themes. These are both from an album that came out last year and are pretty much my political inspiration songs of late. I don't know whether they are popular around the U.S., but Muse is huge on the mainstream L.A. based radio station I listen to. Their music has a futuristic sound to it.

I love Coldplay (also British, I know) but your show already has Coldplay songs sometimes. In fact, the theme song reminds me of Coldplay's "Let's Talk" song.

The suggestion to play John Fogerty's music is a good one, too. I saw him on PBS a year or so ago, and he had a new antiwar song, whose name I forget. I also found out that "Who Will Stop the Rain" which I used to listen to as a kid is an antiwar song, although I did not realize that as a child.

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Natural Lefty
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

Has anyone suggested Stevie Wonder's "Big Brother" of 1972's "Talking Book" album?

Tob08's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

Pearl Jam - Brain of J.F.K.

Who's got the brain of JFK?
What's it mean to us now yeah?
Oh, it's sound insurance
But I can tell you, this is no lie

The whole world will be different soon
The whole world will be relieving (2X)

You, you've been taught
We'd been the same, now they got you in line
Stand behind the stripes
There will be order, so give it a good mind

The whole world will be different soon
The whole world will be relieving (2X)

And by name
The name they gave me
The name I'm letting go

The whole world will be different soon
The whole world will be relieving (3X)
The whole world will be different soon, soon

MrK's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

The Ramones version of "Time Has Come Today"

seanos's picture
Jul. 1, 2010 10:35 am

The overall list of bumper music is up, at http://www.thomhartmann.com/bumper-music. It will be updated from time to time. The list for each day is in the daily stacks http://www.thomhartmann.com/radio/sues-daily-summaries which I hope to bring up to date this weekend.

SueN's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

Anything by Michael Franti!




bamboo's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

Here are a couple more suggestions. One would be that "Hands" song by Jewel, and the other would be a new song, The High Road by Broken Bells.

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Natural Lefty
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

Public Enemy's "By the time i get to Arizona" would make a nice bumper

Mikeyb's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

Chumbawumba's "Tubthumping" album has a lot of great working-class music, especially "One by One".

I always imagined the album as a soundtrack to a movie about working people struggling to get by, like the "Full Monty" only without the "nudity"

RandyWinn's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

From making_progress in chat - in reply to the fact that the Tea Party gets overblown coverage in the MSM:

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised -- Gil-Scott Heron

LeMoyne's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" - Gil Scott Heron

Good Bumper Music

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making progress
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

This would be great bumper music, Common Ones by the American Graveyard


Jul. 31, 2010 4:21 am

This song might work to ampify a commentary about when certain wingnuts misuse or forget what the real meaning of the Pledge of Alegiance.

A throwback to the music of the 68 National Convention... The Holy Modal Rounders - The Pledge

Sample on this page... http://www.sundazed.com/product_info.php?products_id=547

calipendence's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

Any song from RATM,

Dave Chapelle always did an excellent job at playing underground hip-hop music that actually had a message in his show.

For World music, nothing better than salsa. Everybody in the World loves salsa. (Gilberto Santa Rosa, Oscar D' Leon, Frankie Ruiz, Marc Anthony, etc)

There's also a pretty famous group called: Manu Chao with amazing music


Rodriguez's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

Good old timey Jefferson Airplaine! Bookends, sort of. The first tune of the Volentiers Album; We can be together. I'm thinking of the start as usefull. Soon then the editing will be called for.

Then, the last tune of the album, Volentiers. You, Boardop, will just have to give it an audition, and suit yourself.

Look whats happnin' out in the street

Hey I'm dancin' out on the street

Aint it amazin' all the people I meet

Oh, Yea!

Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

Good old timey Jefferson Airplane!

The Album Volentiers bookends its self. The start up of tune 1 should be of some use. Then the editing will be called for. Then, the last tune;

Look what's happnin' out in the streets

Hey I'm dancin' out in the streets

Aint it amazin', all the people I meet

Oh, Yea!

Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

Good old timey J. A. III

Ooops. Please pardon me.

Hey; How's about pulling some choice bits out of Jethro Tull's, Thick As A Brick. Lots of instrumental pasages between the words.

Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

Common Ones by American Graveyard


Jul. 31, 2010 4:21 am

One of many great songs by Kansas, I can't speak for them but this song says all you need to know. Kansas has vast songs touching of social issues, political issues, environmental issues, philosophy and at times religion. The song "Portrait "/"He Knew", was about Einstein according to Phil Ehart, drummer of Kansas, whom I had the privilege to meet. The song below has a few good phrases and gels with me.

Group: Kansas,

Album: Point of Know Return

Song: Sparks of the Tempest

Lyrics of song:

The sparks of the tempest rage a hundred years on
The voice of the dreamer screams the cause of the pawn
The King and the Queen are gone, each piece is the same
The difference between us is a part of the game

Darkness is spreading like a spot on the sun
The dead are the living in the age of the gun
While everyone clamors for the justice they seek
The Word is corrupted and the strong take the weak

They mold you and shape you, so watch what you do
The sparks of the tempest are burnin' you through
Spreading like wildfire, fallin' like rain
Though they may promise, they only bring pain

Your future is managed, and your freedom's a joke
You don't know the difference as you put on the yoke
The less that you know the more you fall into place
A cog in the wheel, there is no soul in your face

Run for the cover, Millennium's here
Bearing the standard of confusion and fear
Spreading like wildfire, fallin' like rain
Though they may promise, they only bring pain

Blood in the sand, a cry in the street
Now the cycle is nearly complete
Ten thousand years, and nothing was learned
No turning back, now the wheel has turned

Big Brother is watching and he likes what he sees
A world for the taking, when he's ready to squeeze
The King and the Queen are gone, each piece is the same
The difference between us is a part of the game

Soothsayer saying now tell me no lies
What is this madness that is filling the skies
Spreading like wildfire, fallin' like rain
Though they may promise, they only bring pain

lorne's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

Yes, to the David Crosby song, very good and appropriate.

No to Rush, please, not that voice.

My suggestions: Some Funkadelic! Very upbeat and most songs are clean.

Check out:

Can You Get to That, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rrOdcnFbAY

You And Your Folks, Me And My Folks, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vl1-yfL_SKg

Whole Lot of BS (which is about chemicals, and isnt cursing, right?), http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jk4k46V0N-s

rysl's picture
Aug. 10, 2010 9:30 am

Hey Thom...I got one for you that maybe won't ring like a bell with some of your listeners, but give it a listen, anyway...k?

Steve Earle -- "Copperhead Road"

"Well my name's John Lee Pettimore
Same as my daddy and his daddy before
You hardly ever saw Grandaddy down here
He only came to town about twice a year

He'd buy a hundred pounds of yeast and some copper line
Everybody knew that he made moonshine
Now the revenue man wanted Grandaddy bad
He headed up the holler with everything he had
It's before my time but I've been told
He never came back from Copperhead Road

Now Daddy ran the whiskey in a big block Dodge
Bought it at an auction at the Mason's Lodge
Johnson County Sheriff painted on the side
Just shot a coat of primer then he looked inside

Well him and my uncle tore that engine down
I still remember that rumblin' sound
Well the sheriff came around in the middle of the night
Heard mama cryin', knew something wasn't right
He was headed down to Knoxville with the weekly load
You could smell the whiskey burnin' down Copperhead Road

I volunteered for the Army on my birthday
They draft the white trash first,'round here anyway
I done two tours of duty in Vietnam
And I came home with a brand new plan
I take the seed from Colombia and Mexico
I plant it up the holler down Copperhead Road

Well the D.E.A.'s got a chopper in the air
I wake up screaming like I'm back over there
I learned a thing or two from Charlie don't you know
You better stay away from Copperhead Road"

Give it a listen, ok?

ScortchDearth's picture
Sep. 2, 2010 8:28 pm

Awesome rap video by Jasiri X What If the Tea Party was Black? posted by Susexful.

LeMoyne's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

Don't forget about Jackson Browne

Now there's a poet right up on the theme of Thom's show.

Also: The Oil Song by Steve Forbert

Yellowbird7's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

Jasiri X,

nice one!

"All I wanna do is take your money" Paper Plane by KIA


bamboo's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

I've also mentioned to the crew they may use my YouTube music video offerings as bumpers too. The latest one is about economic collapse:


captbebops's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

I think that song would be perfect for Thom's Intro's

Choco's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

You all rock!!! Keep up the great tunes and thank you so much!!!


- Board Op Jacob

thboardop's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

Heard Do You Want to Know A Secret today on the show. Wondered if it was in relationship to John Lennon's Birthday. If So, George sang that song NOT John. Just saying. Hear you're having trouble with the new Studio. But you can't blame that on the equipment.

rogerover's picture
Oct. 8, 2010 10:09 am

"You are not alone" I was blown away when they performed it on the Colbert Report a few nites ago. A love song, mabey, but as I listened my political grid kept lighting up. Check it out. Mavis Staples has been around a long time.


bamboo's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

I wrote some stuff for the Jon Stewart event...not exactly upbeat...and one you'll have to bleep...see what you think at:



Bobby Caputo

balladboy's picture
Oct. 12, 2010 8:17 am

I like Mike Malloy's bumper music the best. Then Randi Rhodes Show (the talk show host, not guitarist), which I often turn up the volume!

Erik300's picture
Apr. 2, 2010 9:44 am

Jim Scott, a progressive activist singer-songwriter posted a song on YouTube that's upbeat, and has specific lyrics you might use as a bumper.

Here's the link:


He could send you and MP3 or AIFF stereo file if you'd like one.

He's posted a long version and a short version. Here are the lyrics of the long version, which includes a bunch of website referrals that wouldn't be good for a bumper:

"Media's talking backlash and Right Wing reaction

The pollsters have their numbers

Adding up cynicism and dissatisfaction.

Racism, Homophobia, Islamophobia

Are back, and got some traction.

Seems to me the problem's not the phony grass-roots movements

The problem is our own inaction.

In this county of abundance, just too many people lack

The basic human rights.

We gotta take our country back.

What's your rationale?

Your disclaimer for today?

What are you going to tell your children

When we let this get away?

Congressional majority, lost

While there was so much in play?

The vision of a better country gone -?

"Oh I was busy that day"

Distracted driver, and the train went off the track

Some vigilant compassion would be patriotic,

Bring our country back

Feeling uninvolved, uninvited, out of the loop?

Here's some folks to give you the scoop:

Democracy for america.com

Bold progressives.org

Move on.org

Healthcare for America.org

Energy action.net

Open Left .com

Courage campaign.org

Credo action.org


True majority.org

Standing on the side of Love.org

One nation working together.org

Sounds like a movement

The good thing is,

try it and you'll see

they make the democratic process easy

Sign up

they'll send you emails

Just push the button to say you agree

Then call your well-fed representatives in Congress

You know I think they still work for you and me.

When you've got the propaganda blues

These people will give you the real news:

There's Pro Publica.org

Free Speech.org

Truth out.org

Reader supported news.org

Op-ed news.com

ANP and the Huffington Post




PR Watch.org


How about go to Barackobama.com

and sign up

The goals are in sight, but we've still got to strive

Get involved in your local fundraising, phone calling,

door knocking re-election drive

Volunteer, the work's not easy, but it's gratifying

Believe me the dream is still alive.

Look, I love you all, but I must confess

I'm in pain that it's being said that we love this country less

Do you want put back in charge

All the people who got us into this mess?

When the bigots and the tyrants wave the flag

The bell of liberty gets another crack

Let's put this love in gear

And take this country back.

[We Gotta Take Our Country Back (c) 2010 Jim Scott]

applewuud's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

Corporate Person Song (08-03-10)

You are a person, you know it’s true/

And that your government belongs to you/

But you’re competing with someone new/

A corporate person that’s bigger than you./

Some of them are too big to fail/

And unlike you they can’t go to jail/

What they can do is rob you blind/

Enriching themselves while you fall behind/

With no democracy/No democracy./

You vote for someone and they fight for them/

Because they’re financed by the corporate person/

They bail them out with taxes you owe/

The game is rigged to extract the flow/

The Capitol run by the unelected/

Lobbyists who are well-connected/

Monopolies operate the whole deal/

Pulling strings while they rob and steal/

Your democracy/Democracy./

A big casino with derivatives/

Gambling your job and the place you live/

The feudal lords, an aristocracy,/

Putting an end to your democracy./

Systemic failure in Washington town/

And the republic is going down/

Our Justices have sold us out/

Left us standing here without/

Our democracy/


My home recording of the song can be accessed here:


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Alan Lunn
Sep. 23, 2010 2:16 pm

I suggest "Its Good to be a King" by Mel Brooks. This song was recorded 1980 to promote Mel Brooks's movie "History of the World, pt I". From the best movie ever made!!


Mel Brooks, the King of Comedy, was giving a history lesson when he gave us this song. All text books should be writen by him! :-)

It's pretty honest lyrics about the "french revolution"..........!! It has a sense of sarcasm and humor. Possible we, the mankind, could learn sometime, something from our history.

Dennis_Nilsson's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

My band, Legion within did a song dedicated to the TSA-- it's called Mall Cops of Freedom.


If it suits your purposes, please feel free to use it with our compliments.

Raven, Bassist, Legion Within

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Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm


bamboo's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

I hate to be that guy, but check out my website.


You can listen to some of my music, some of which I believe would be very fitting. A few songs you might be in to are: Necessary Casualties, Big Rock Candy Mountain, Ideal Christmas List

andrewandersonmusic's picture
Aug. 19, 2010 2:53 pm

Jacob: Almost anything by the band Delta Spirit would work. The song "People C'mon" is upbeat and appropriate lyrics. Peep it out, please.

My favorite song by them has to be "Bushwick Blues"
This song rocks!

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making progress
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

Warhead Boogie by Railroad Earth. can be found at the LiveMusicArchive part of Archive.org

c9michael's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

911 by DELTA SPIRIT - Good lyrics

Say good morning to my friends
Oh my lord, it's 6am
The day ain't nothin' but a sentence paid
You work so hard and nothin' changed
The union crooks treat me like a pawn
They said to strike and I lost my job
The folks back east, they say the market's fine
I heard that before 1929
When Black Tuesday comes it'll be a hit
Right out of the air into the pit
There's one out now said the president
War World 3 will make your poor horns bend

All the old boys said they could make it last
Like Vietnam without a draft
Got the best in the biz for the marketing
We'll turn the Marlboro Man into a marine
The brave youth will come from far & wide
When 911 is the battle cry

Well this American proud tradition
Yes they pulled the switch and cried for vengeance
If your god forgave all of your sins
Then why would you make martyrs out of them?
For money? Or power? Or glory?
Do you even care?

making progress's picture
making progress
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

I generally like the program's bumper music --especially when a song's content has a clever tie-in to one of Thom's present topics. I would like to suggest that Louise have a listen to a rather unknown song by Walter Becker of Steely Dan called "Book of Liars." The hook --"there's a star in the book of liars by your name"-- will suitably punctuate one of Thom's segments that deals specifically with double-talk or outright lies. Have a listen, Louise, and see if you don't agree.

p.s. we miss you in Portland, though D.C. needs Thom's voice more than we do

Quilton's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

Links to "Book of Liars":



Quilton's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm


I want to hold the hand inside you
I want to take a breath that's true
I look to you and I see nothing
I look to you to see the truth
You live your life
You go in shadows
You'll come apart and you'll go black
Some kind of night into your darkness
Colors your eyes with what's not there.

Fade into you

Strange you never knew
Fade into you
I think it's strange you never knew

A stranger's light comes on slowly
A stranger's heart without a home
You put your hands into your head
And then it's smiles cover your heart

Fade into you
Strange you never knew
Fade into you

I think it's strange you never knew

I think it's strange you never knew

bamboo's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

I certainly haven't read through this whole thread (come late to the party, I have) but my friend Roy Zimmerman has lots of cool stuff available. I've heard one of his songs used as bumper music on Thom's show, but sheesh...there is so much more. An uptapped mine! If it were oil in a remote Middle East location, the Conservatives would be ramping up the private military and slamming its door down.


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Idaho Spud
Jan. 6, 2011 1:14 pm

Geto Boys - My Mind Playing Tricks On Me

In lieu of the recent violence by a mentally unstable person. Jacob, you know this one. If nothing else the beat makes good bumper music.

making progress's picture
making progress
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

Slave Driver - Bob Marley & the Wailers
Come on Jacob, everyone loves reggae and the lyrics are good. If not there are many other politically charged Marley songs.

Today they say that we are free,
Only to be chained in poverty.
Good God, I think it's illiteracy;
It's only a machine that makes money.
Slave driver, the table is turn, y'all. Ooh-ooh-oo-ooh.
- Bob Marley

making progress's picture
making progress
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

Caleb Hawley's "The Other Side of it All" - just a note of hope, uptempo - here's a live version, the one on his album even better. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kp1M-FDB-BY

kayakgirl's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

Phil Roy - Hope in a Hopeless World
The Rascals - People Got to Be Free

kayakgirl's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

Richard Thompson has some gems.

Sweetheart on the Barricade


song about workers solidarity and factory closings

"Friends and neighbours, won't you join the cause
Drill it in the tiny minds of them that make the laws
That workers are human, we're really just the same
We've got to have the nourishment to fill a human frame

Oh, we're people not a mob
And we only wants a job
My sweetheart's on the barricade
We've had it up to here
Too numb to feel the fear
My sweetheart's on the barricade
My heart it skips a beat
There'll be fighting in the street
My sweetheart's on the barricade"

Yankee Go home


Oh GI Joe put your gun away
The sun is setting on another day
Why don't you leave us alone?
Yankee go home!

They're burning effigies out in the street
Man the life boats, sound the retreat
Pentagon's on the 'phone
Yankee go home!

Can't Win


I started to cry, they put gin in my cup
I started to crawl, and they swaddled me up
I got up and run, they said "Easy, son,
Play up, play the game"

They told me to think and forget what I'd heard
They told me to lie and they questioned my word
They told me to fail, better sink than sail,
Just play the game


Pharaoh he sits in his tower of steel
The dogs of money all at his heel
Magicians cry "Oh truth! Oh real!"
We're all working for the Pharaoh

A thousand eyes, a thousand ears
He feeds us all, he feeds our fears
Don't stir in your sleep tonight, my dears
We're all working for the Pharaoh

Fast Food

Small Mac, Big Mac, burger and fries
Shove `em in boxes all the same size
Easy on the mustard, heavy on the sauce
Double for the fat boy, he eats like a horse

Fry them patties and send 'em right through
Microwave oven gonna fry me too
Can't lose my job by getting in a rage
I've gotta get my hands on a minimum wage

Shove it in their faces, give 'em what they want
Gotta make it fast, it's a fast food restaurant.

Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

Song for the Common one. Power to the working class.


I like to have conversation with people like me, the common ones, the ones who think we should still be free! Wake up America, our Country is sliding downhill fast.

We criticize China for human rights, but what about the Americans we let die here every year because they can’t afford health care.


Jul. 31, 2010 4:21 am

So you think You'll Get a Tax Break, or tax cut? Really?

A letter was sent out recently by the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians.

You're not hearing Breitbart News or Common Dreams - right or left - organizations or news sites with a point of view other than that they are committed to healing people.

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