Friday, September 21st, 2012
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Paul Krugman's Playlist For The Republican Party

"Where does this disdain for workers come from? Some of it, obviously, reflects the influence of money in politics: big-money donors, like the ones Mr. Romney was speaking to when he went off on half the nation, don’t live paycheck to paycheck. But it also reflects the extent to which the G.O.P. has been taken over by an Ayn Rand-type vision of society, in which a handful of heroic businessmen are responsible for all economic good, while the rest of us are just along for the ride."
Paul Krugman is right. And it's important to note that before Neil Peart replaced John Rutsey on drums and Rush was taken over by an Ayn Rand-type vision of society, the great Canadian power trio were also much friendlier to the working man. Here are thirteen songs the Republican Party should listen to.

(There's an excellent interview leading up to the above performance.)

(The band has an amazing and mostly nonsensical conversation about the origin of the album title "Get Lucky" for the first two minutes of this video. Heavy Canadian accents, and we learn that the "the buck stops" with Mike Reno. Which is only how it should ever be. It's better than the song, really.)

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Ralph Haygood (#13,154)

I'd add "Hard labor" by Watermelon Slim and the Workers:

Hard labor will be the death of me.
Hard labor will be the death of me.
You got to work so hard to earn a dollar, and it sure will sap your energy.

You know my back gets tired, and my shoulders get sore.
I feel like a ticket that's expired, but I got to work just a little bit more.
(Chorus)

Monday I move pianos, Tuesday I got a load of steel,
Wednesdays and Thursdays, sleep sofas and chairs, by Friday you know just how I feel.
(Chorus)

I come home in the evening, and I feel so tired,
I tell my wife, "Roll me over baby, on that other side."
(Chorus)

Bill Homans, aka Watermelon Slim, used to drive trucks for a living, among a good many other jobs. It's a blues song, and of course there's plenty of other blues songs about hard labor. Blues happens to be one of the USA's most characteristic musical styles. Coincidence? I don't think so.

Danzig! (#5,318)

On the subject of Rush, when you slow down "Working Man" it turns into a surprising functional stoner metal track – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YIjte73IPg

Dave Bry (#422)

Oh man thanks, @Danzig! That's awesome!

BadUncle (#153)

Reading about Rush fills me with Hrrumph. Which, ironically, is the Republican method of coughing up the furball carcasses of digested field mice and teachers.

mmmcheese (#229,356)

9 to 5 is surprisingly subversive!

Clip Arthur (#2,024)

Dave! RUSH! Thanks! Awesome, awesome, awesome… But what about “Hard Work” by John Handy and used to perfection by Ron "Typewriter" Mingo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xv9o6t1jnuc

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