Sunday, February 10, 2008

Tune of the Week: Radiohead's "Electioneering"

An obvious choice for this primary season. It's a great time for candidates to deliver promises. And a great time for us to remember them so that when they go back on them, we have to hold them accountable.

This song is off of Radiohead's iconic OK Computer. It was at that time when the barely registered discontent of the '90s was starting to break into the open. Radiohead managed to capture a whole generation's alienation in both the lyrical content and, most importantly, the sound of that album.

This song is chaotically dissonant, and the lyric "when I go forward, you go backward, and somewhere we will meet" seems to sum up the way our politicians talk to us.

Let's push ourselves forward!

*****

I will stop
I will stop at nothing
Say the right things
When electioneering
I trust I can rely on your vote

When I go forwards you go backwards and somewhere we will meet

Riot shields
Voodoo economics
It's just business
Cattle prods and the IMF
I trust I can rely on your vote

When I go forwards you go backwards and somewhere we will meet

3 comments:

radioheaddicted said...

yeah radiohead rocks!

radioheaddicted said...

yeah radiohead rocks!

Alhaji said...

I LOVE this band and that album. You can play that album today and it sounds brand new. They were so ahead of their time with OK COMPUTER and almost every other album they release.

I like the political interpretations of "Hail To The Thief"