Song of the Day – Marking Eight Years – “Allentown” – Billy Joel

Although I am no longer posting songs every day, and can’t find the optimism to post a daily diversion, I thought it would be good to mark the eight year anniversary of the Song of the Day.

Why this song? Because, even though it was released thirty-five years ago, the lyrics sound a lot like the “reasons” given in the three battleground states that ended up electing the Cheeto. The thing is, what makes them think that, as much as the world has changed over the past 35 years, that we could or would return to those days? That the manufacturers, the CEOs and stockholders, would ever let the days of strong employees return? That it’s possible to give them back the jobs taken by technology and outsourcing?

Well we’re waiting here in Allentown
For the Pennsylvania we never found
For the promises our teachers gave
If we worked hard
If we behaved

So the graduations hang on the wall
But they never really helped us at all
No they never taught us what was real
Iron and coal
And chromium steel
And we’re waiting here in Allentown

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Song of the Day – “New Music” Wednesday – “QQQ” – Heimer

Everyone is stupid
everyone is dumb
shout out to the moon
shout out to the sun

Why would I choose this glitch-pop song from Heimer on November 9? Hmm, I have no idea.

From Teilzeit Swag.

Song of the Day – “Name’s the same” Tuesday – “Little America”

R.E.M. – Karla DeVito

Rally round your leaders it’s the mediator season

I’ve just got to hope Little America still exists after today.

From their sophomore album, Reckoning. They were travelling a lot by car and bus in those days, and constantly telling their manager “Jefferson, I think we’re lost”.

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A bright little pop tune composed by DeVito and her husband, Robby Benson, for the 1986 release Wake ‘Em Up in Tokyo.

Song of the Day – “My Mistake” – Kingbees

Many new wave bands turned to rockabilly as their sound of choice (Stray Cats, Elvis Brothers), just like the Kingbees did. Their lead singer, Jamie James, performed for a couple of years with Slim Jim Phantom and Lee Rocker of the Cats.

Don’t make a mistake – get out and vote!

Song of the Day – “Politics Aside” – Everything But the Girl

Let’s set Politics Aside and listen to this beautiful tune from Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn. From 1991’s Worldwide.

Song of the Day – “Don’t Worry About the Government” – Talking Heads

This song from Talking Heads ’77 is not overtly political, despite the word “government” the title. It’s a plea to relax about all the things that pile up on us.

I see the states, across this big nation
I see the laws made in Washington, D.C.
I think of the ones I consider my favorites
I think of the people that are working for me

Song of the Day – “I Blew Up the United States” – Was (Not Was)

Was (Not Was) asked the musical question Are You OK? with their 1990 album. I gotta say no, man, no. This shit’s getting too real.

It’s a free country
I’m within my rights
Every child should have a weapon
And a ton of dynamite
My hand is steady
And my eye is cold
A voice inside my head
Keeps saying “Do as you are told”