Thursday playlist: Barack ‘n’ roll

This week’s playlist outsourced to a blog called “Obama Mixtape,” which seems to exist to promulgate this very mix. (Link via a commenter at TEOTAW.) You can find a Flash player with all the songs, and links for downloading most of them, over there.

1. “If a Song Could be President” – Over the Rhine
2. “We Got the Mo” – Rockabelles
3. “The World’s In a Bad Situation” – Lim Taylor
4. “Fired Up, Ready to Go” – Fojeba
5. “Viva Obama” – Amigos De Obama
6. “Sir Duke” – Stevie Wonder
7. “Como Se Dice… Como Se Llama” – Amigos de Obama
8. “Half of Two Times Two” – Barr
9. “Community” – Mirah & Spectratone International
10. “People Get Ready” – Aretha Franklin
11. “A Change Is Gonna Come” – Sam Cooke
12. “Obama” – Extra Golden

The best one (besides the classics that made the list) is obviously “We Got the Mo,” which is just incredibly, even ridiculously adorable. I also dig the Latin-flavored and the Kenyan ones. I had never heard Barr, but I find that song to be a grating, puke-worthy piece of emo crap — can I start a fight here?

In general, Obama is way out in front in the singer/songwriter election, although that second track kinda sucked. (Loved the first one!) I saw one Hillary song that didn’t do anything for me at all. According to The New York Times, she played stuff like Des’ree’s “You Gotta Be” and Springsteen’s “The Rising” at her rally last night. Urgh. And yet I suspect I prefer her music choices to McCain’s by a factor of maybe a million or so.

I’ll leave you with this must-watch YouTube clip (via another TEOTAW commenter and


P.S. Do you think outsourced Thursday playlists are bad for the blog? (I deny we’ve been in secret talks with the Canadians about them, no matter what you might have heard.) Email me and sign up for a slot. I know you’re waiting to be asked, you prima donna you, but honestly, just volunteer already.


15 responses to “Thursday playlist: Barack ‘n’ roll”

  1. Scotty says:

    Did anyone else hear Bush’s endorsement of McCain yesterday?

    As I was discussing with SWells, it’s been a while since I’ve heard our wonderful president speak; it seems that for the last month or so, the only politicians I’ve heard are the candidates, and I guess that I’ve gotten used to a level of intellect, oration, articulation etc. Anyway, in contrast to them, hearing Bush speak was so incredibly jarring and kind of freaky. It made me feel for the first time that I don’t care who succeeds him — I just want the man gone.

  2. swells says:

    Re. presidential playlists, last week Jeremy and I dived deep into a horrific mire of which I was blissfully ignorant before: John McCain’s Jenna-esque 22-year-old daughter has a campaign blog on which she posts playlists–well, mainly photos of herself on the campaign trail, but also playlists (maybe y’all already know this). I felt irrationally upset to see a few songs I liked, feeling more comfortable with the world when she was loading the list with stuff like John Mayer and Better than Ezra. I can’t bear to sully TGW by linking to it. Don’t look.

  3. Dave says:

    It’s true, I’d rather listen to McCain than Bush, although McCain would probably start more wars.

  4. Dave says:

    ZOMG that blog is so gr8!!!1!!ONE! I heart Meghan McCain!!1!

    Is the superfluous “h” a side effect of her mom’s addiction to prescription narcotics?

  5. Scotty says:

    I’m sorry Gr8 Whatsit community, but I will no longer B reading this blog, as I now have a new 5-ive+ave 1!

    BALLOONS, people, and CONFETTI DROPS!! OMG!!

  6. swells says:

    I SAID, don’t LOOK!!!!!

  7. Ruben Mancillas says:

    Steph, don’t be bummed that uncool people claim to like the same music you do.

    Otherwise I couldn’t listen to Wagner or Bruckner, right?

    Who knows if Ms. McCain (I love that Jenna-esque line, btw) actually makes up her own playlists or if some horribly deluded campaign apparatchnik has been assigned to peel off some of those mythical youth votes by upping her hipness factor with righteous song selections?

  8. Scotty says:

    #7: So you find the concept of a youth vote to be somewhat suspect? Why don’t you elaborate on this Mr. Mancillas.

  9. Rachel says:

    Oh God, Steph, you know what happens when someone says DON”T LOOK.
    The Clash?
    Gang of Four?
    Next to pictures of McCain and that Stepford Wife?
    I feel dirty. And I guess that makes me a music snob.

  10. LP says:

    Has anyone else noticed the astonishing similarity in complexion of the candidate’s wife and this fellow?

  11. Ruben Mancillas says:

    People, I don’t expect you to constantly meditate on Lot’s wife but am I the only one who reads Steph’s impassioned “don’t look” as meaning I shouldn’t look at it?

    Scott, I’m going to do everyone a favor and just offer that I think the youth vote is not unlike the concept of the African-American Republican.

  12. Tim says:

    Not. Gang. of. Four. It just can’t be.

    I’m not going to look, for fear of in that one split f*ckin’ (voice crack) second turning into a pillar of who-knows-what spice, but please tell me you made that up, Rachel. Next you’ll say that she claims to read Adorno.

  13. swells says:

    Ruben, stay strong. And for the rest of you, I deeply apologize, and would just like to remind you that it was Dave who actually posted the link.

  14. Ruben Mancillas says:

    When reading this at the time I thought of David Cameron’s grating and oft proclaimed fondness for The Smiths but an article in today’s internet Guardian spells it all out pretty well: it’s titled “Hands Off Our Music!” if you’re interested.

    And I’m still staying strong.

  15. swells says:

    WOWWW. what an article!!! Loving Paul Weller and Billy Bragg as much as I do, I can’t imagine how that Tory must have felt hearing his hero describe him as “scum”! Excellent read.