Reflect back on the political conventions from days past and certain songs become associated with certain campaigns and political parties. I have some suggestions as we head toward 2016. (More)
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Think of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “Happy Days Are Here Again.” Following along on the happy theme, perhaps some Democratic candidate could use Pherrell Williams “Happy.” It is from the movie Despicable Me 2 so there are minion possiblities too.
Bill Clinton used Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow.” It is still played when Clinton comes on stage.
Dwight Eisenhower had “They Like Ike” written by Irving Berlin.
Lyndon Johnson adapted “Hello Dolly” as “Hello Lyndon” sung by Carol Channing at the convention.
George W, Bush tried to use “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty who threatened legal action for the perceived endorsement.
John Mellencamp and Sting also asked Bush to stop using their songs without permission, although Petty was the only one to threaten legal action. And if his political preference wasn’t clear enough, he went on to perform the song in a private concert at Gore’s home the night the Vice President gave his concession speech. Tipper Gore played drums.
Democrats have a clear advantage in selecting campaign songs because many artists are Democrats. Republicans get in trouble when they try to take pop culture songs for their own. I have a suggestion for a campaign song for whoever the GOP nominee is. How about “Onward Christian Soldiers”?
Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
with the cross of Jesus going on before.
Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe;
forward into battle see his banners go!
It is at least an honest reflection of their pro-war desire for a ‘Christian nation.’ It is from the late 1800’s which may be too recent fro the GOP. If not that they could always copy Ross Perot who selected “Crazy” by Patsy Cline.