Without getting too political on a rock and roll website, I’d like to state that this is arguably the most exciting election of our lifetimes. We will bring either the first African-American into the chief position or see the first female Vice President. No matter how you look at it, Americans are angry and upset with the Bush administration and are in the need of major relief. Here are five tunes for your Nov. 4 playlists to aid in this celebration…
Top 5 Election Day Tunes
1. “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister [Stay Hungry 1984]—Dee Snider and the boys (that dress up like girls) have never backed down from anyone; whether it is a street fight or the US Congress, Twisted Sister takes no prisoners making this tune the definitive track of this election.
2. “American Idiot” by Green Day [American Idiot 2004]—You can say what you want about Green Day sucking and being overplayed by mainstream radio, but this song exemplifies the post 9/11 policies of our government, and serves as an anthem for those who saw the stupidity and hypocrisy in them. Turn it up loud and proud on election day.
3. “The Day That Never Comes” by Metallica [Death Magnetic 2008]—This song has been described as the biggest “downer” on this record, but the last eight years have given Americans this same dismal outlook of this title many times. Now we can exercise the demons by rocking them out hard.
4. “The Good Life” by Weezer [Pinkerton 1997]—This geek rock tune appeared on Weezer’s best album and perhaps the best alternative rock record ever. This is another track that can represent the willingness for getting back to where we want to be—the top of the world with respect and dignity.
5. “Vote With A Bullet” by Corrosion of Conformity [Blind 1991]—First of all, this track is not about going on a shooting spree on election day — but then again, the song isn’t really about a bullet vote either. One can guess that it is about demanding change, ridding politicians of corruption, and all that jazz. Honestly, I just really dig the heavy guitar riffs, Pepper Keenan’s scruffy vocals, and the hard rock that this song delivers.
So, what are your top five election day songs?
PS: I am not endorsing either candidate—the Gears of Rock endorses a new beginning that will hopefully be brought on by the results of Nov. 4.