Monday, January 19, 2009

Exit Music (for a Film)

I rarely do this sort of thing, but I think today calls for a little interactivity around here.

So, I'm posing a question: If the last eight years -- the entire Bush presidency -- were a movie, what song would play over the closing credits?

Go ahead, folks. Do your worst.


Web Dunce said...

It's the End of the World as We Know It (and I feel fine) - REM

Heather Hansma said...

R. Kelley's "I Believe I Can Fly".
Think about it.
That shit is hysterical.
How could you not start laughing it that started playing at the end credits for the movie about the past 8 years.

Anonymous said...

Taj Mahal's
"Don't Call Us"
We'll call you
If you need something done
We'll get in touch with you

The same people you meet on the way up
You meet on the way down

posted by Yetijuice

Brian H said...

I was going to say some sort of requiem, but I'm not necessarily praying for the soul of the departed, soooo... probably that music that's playing when Burns and Smithers are running the plant by themselves during the labor strike.

Daniel said...

How about...

Electioneering,The Trickster or Hail to the Thief by Radiohead

No Sympathy by Super Furry Animals

or perhaps (Shittin' on) Top of the World by Obie Trice

Pants said...

Blur - "Charmless Man"

"I met him in a crowded room
Where people go to drink away their gloom
He sat me down and so began
The story of a charmless man
Educated the expensive way
He knows his claret from a beaujolais
I think he'd like to have been Ronnie Kray
But then nature didn't make him that way

He thinks his educated airs those family shares
Will protect him, that you will respect him
He moves in circles of friends who just pretend that they like him
He does the same to them and when you put it all together
There's the model of a charmless man

He knows the swingers and their cavalry
Says he can get in anywhere for free
I began to go a little cross eyed
And from this charmless man I just had to hide

He talks at speed he gets nose bleeds
He doesn't see his days are tumbling down upon him
Yet he tries so hard to please he's just so keen for you to listen
But no-one is listening and when you put it all together
There's the model of a charmless man

He thinks his educated airs, those family shares
Will protect him, that you will respect him
Yet he tries so hard to please he's just so keen for you to listen
But no-one is listening and when you put it all together
There's the model of a charmless man"

Snowy said...

"Hit The Road, Jack!"

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it be Nice

trish said...


"Don't Be Cruel."

Anonymous said...

American Idiot, by Green Day.

Anonymous said...

I think the obvious answer is a slow-mo montage of the past eight years set to the tune of Elton John's "Tiny Dancer".

Rob in Calgary said...

Well, the obvious ones are:

"Loser" by Beck
"American Idiot" by Green Day

But I would submit Bruce Springsteen's "Long Walk Home", where he talks about the America that used to be and that is hoped to arise once again:

My father said "Son, we're lucky in this town,
It's a beautiful place to be born.
It just wraps its arms around you,
Nobody crowds you and nobody goes it alone
You know that flag flying over the courthouse
Means certain things are set in stone
Who we are, what we'll do and what we won't"


countryjoe said...

"Wino Man" by Frank Zappa

L.A. in the summer of '69
I went downtown and bought me some wine
Oh, I drank it down under the table
I said: watch me now,
I'm gonna eat the label
Well I'm a wino man,
Don't you know I am?

36 - 24, hips about 30
I seen a fine lady
And I started talkin' dirty
Boy, she looked over at me
And she raised her thumb
She said: "Jam down the road
You funky-ass bum
I'm a wino man,
Don't you know I am?

I went to the country,
And while I was gone
I lost control of my body functions
On a roller-headed lady's front lawn
I'm so ashamed,
But I'm a wino man
I can't help myself
I've been drinkin' all night
Till my eyes got red
Stumbled on the gutter
And busted my head
Bugs in my zoot suit,
Been scratchin' like a dog
I can't stand no water,
And I stink like a hog
Give me a five dollar bill,
And an overcoat too
Give me a five dollar bill,
And an overcoat too
A five dollar bill and an overcoat too
A five dollar bill and a Florsheim shoe

cruxaffliction said...

"American Idiot" seems a little too obvious, so I'm going with Green Day's "F.O.D." instead.

ErinM said...

Whatever was playing at the end of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. I kinda feel like a dancin' Ewok right now.

largo said...

Tears for Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World."

Pants said...

Liam Lynch - My United States Of Whatever

Hives - Hate to say I told you so

Faithless - Weapon of Mass Destruction

Foo Fighters - The Pretender

Disturbed - land of Confusion

Rammstein - Amerika

Daniel Powter - Bad Day

Basement Jaxx - Where's your head at

Man this is fun, I could this all day!

Mozglubov said...

Kenny Roger's The Gambler. Some country music befitting a Texan, and cheesy fake wisdom befitting his administration.

aaron said...

Superimpose the credits on Bush's "best-of" verbal gaffes, and his claims of making tough decisions, while playing "Yakety Sax" from Benny Hill in the background. Refuse to take the man seriously and hasten his departure from public memory.

Darek said...

Muse - Take a Bow

You're corrupt
Bring corruption to all that you touch
You behold
And beholden for all that you've done
And spin
Cast a spell
Cast a spell on the country you run
And risk
You will risk
You will risk all their lives and their souls

And burn
You will burn
You will burn in hell, yeah you'll burn in hell
You'll burn in hell
Yeah you'll burn in hell
For your sins

In fact several songs from that album sound as if they were written specifically for bush.

Mark said...

Let's go the route of The Wiz.

Bush's Exit: Don't Nobody Bring Me No Bad News

Obama's Entrance: A Brand New Day

Chez said...

Scroll down, Darek.

I posted Take a Bow this morning.

Anonymous said...

Polk Salad Annie

Enrique said...

Looking backward on the last eight years, I'd borrow Gary Jules "Mad World" from Donnie Darko.

Looking forward, maybe "Pink Houses." I've always enjoyed that song as a celebration of America.

Hutson Hayward said...

I say, no music at all - just the sound of a record playing static, looping back over and over at the end of an album. And use end credit cards, instead of a scrolling credit list.

That strikes the right note in my mind.

J9 said...

"Shit List" by L7 gets my vote

Austin said...

Roger Waters, "The Tide is Turning" from Radio KAOS.

kanye said...

Tough one. Creep seems too obvious.

Are we celebrating?--See A Little Light by Bob Mould.

Idiots Rule by Jane's Addiction...maybe that would have been better a bit earlier.

White Folk's Blood by House of Freaks is a damn-near perfect fit, but nobody knows that song.

Superstar by the Carpenters...or Sonic Youth, if you prefer.

Erin said...

That sad walking away music from "The Incredible Hulk."

sorcha said...

Don't Stop Believing - Journey.

Anonymous said...

How about a couple:

Guns N Roses - Paradise City
Led Zepp - Stairway
Pearl Jam - Yellow Ledbetter
Nirvana - Come As You Are
Social D - Ball and Chain

Anonymous said...

American Idiot may be obvious, sure, but it still is great, if popular, song from one of the best albums of the last ten years.

R.E.M have several that could be put in, including most of their latest CD, Accelerate. "Man-Sized Wreath" is darn catchy. And even though it's about earlier years, "Ignoreland" from 1992 is another good one.

I am not Star Jones said...

Betty Everett's You're No Good

Matthew said...

How about a little Sad Trombone? That's the sound I picture between his ears everytime he speaks.

SS said...

I'm surprised nobody's mentioned this one already...

The End - The Doors.

Mart said...

For parody fun - back when the USA was lov'n some Bush; we had "The Right Brothers" singing "Bush Was Right". Sure the GOP elders thought this was a classic.

Nick said...

says it all methinks...

Withnail said...

"Cunts are Still Running the World"
by Jarvis Cocker

Well did you hear, there's a natural order?
Those most deserving will end up with the most?
That the cream cannot help but always rise up to the top,

Well I say,... Shit floats.

If you thought things had changed,
Friend, you'd better think again,
Bluntly put, in the fewest of words:

Cunts are still running the world,
Cunts are still running the world.

Now the Working classes are obsolete,
They are surplus to society's needs,
So let 'em all kill each other,
And get it maid overseas.
That's the word don't you know,
From the guys that's running the show,
Lets be perfectly clear boys and girls,

Cunts are still running the world,
Cunts are still running the world.

Oh feed your children on crayfish and lobster tails,
Find a school near the top of the league,
In theory I respect your right to exist,
I will kill you if you move in next to me,

Ah, it stinks, it sucks, it's anthropologically unjust,
Oh but the takings are up by a third,
Cunts are still running the world,
Cunts are still running the world.
(Cunts are still running the world)
(Cunts are still running the world)

The free market is perfectly natural,
Do you think that I'm some kind of dummy?
It's the ideal way to order the world;
“Fuck the morals, does it make any money?

And if you don't like it? Then leave.
Or use your right to protest on the street,
Yeah, use your right but don't imagine that it's heard,

Not whilst cunts are still running the world,
Cunts are still running the world,
Cunts are still running the world,
Cunts are still running the world,
Cunts are still running the world,
Cunts are still running the world,

Cunts are still running... the world.

celery said...

neil young - vampire blues
tool - swamp song

and then as he slowly disappears:

"let the sunshine in", from hair

Julius_Goat said...

"Gas Face", by 3rd Bass

Jerry said...

I've got the theme from Laurel and Hardy stuck in my head. I think it works surprisingly well.

Ridiculously I think this works better

Joshua said...

Eric Carmen's 1975 power ballad "All By Myself."

oatmeal said...

Type O Negative - Red Water (Christmas Mourning)

jrm78 said...

Oh, and Carly Simon's You're so Vain

Zeromark said...

The music from the "Game Over" screen in the first Super Mario Bros.

Tracer Bullet said...

Some kind of blues seems appropriate and while Bush doesn't really deserve GOOD blues, Elmore James' "Sky is Crying" incorporates the past eight years fairly well.

How about,"I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You" by Louis Armstrong? A New Orleans native celebrating the end of a low-down sumbitch.

Jadine said...

Us and Them - Pink Floyd

stephanie said...

We're missing the big one. The one hopefully we won't have to hear again for a long, long time.

"God Bless the USA (I'm Proud To Be an American)" by Lee Greenwood.

Great irony.

StinkyLulu said...

Tina Turner - We Don't Need Another Hero

Anonymous said...

Closer - Nine Inch Nails


DrSherlockHouse said...

"Will You Be There" by Michael Jackson. It's from Free Willy. And oddly, the lyrics actually work, aside from the fact that I want the theme song from a movie about a whale.

Hold Me
Like The River Jordan
And I Will Then Say To Thee
You Are My Friend

Carry Me
Like You Are My Brother
Love Me Like A Mother
Will You Be There?

Tell Me Will You Hold Me
When Wrong, Will You Skold Me
When Lost Will You Find Me?

But They Told Me
A Man Should Be Faithful
And Walk When Not Able
And Fight Till The End
But I'm Only Human

Everyone's Taking Control Of Me
Seems That The World's
Got A Role For Me
I'm So Confused
Will You Show To Me
You'll Be There For Me
And Care Enough To Bear Me

(Hold Me)
(Lay Your Head Lowly)
(Softly Then Boldly)
(Carry Me There)

(Lead Me)
(Love Me And Feed Me)
(Kiss Me And Free Me)
(I Will Feel Blessed)

(Carry Me Boldly)
(Lift Me Up Slowly)
(Carry Me There)

(Save Me)
(Heal Me And Bathe Me)
(Softly You Say To Me)
(I Will Be There)

(Lift Me)
(Lift Me Up Slowly)
(Carry Me Boldly)
(Show Me You Care)

(Hold Me)
(Lay Your Head Lowly)
(Softly Then Boldly)
(Carry Me There)

(Need Me)
(Love Me And Feed Me)
(Kiss Me And Free Me)
(I Will Feel Blessed)

In Our Darkest Hour
In My Deepest Despair
Will You Still Care?
Will You Be There?
In My Trials
And My Tripulations
Through Our Doubts
And Frustrations
In My Violence
In My Turbulence
Through My Fear
And My Confessions
In My Anguish And My Pain
Through My Joy And My Sorrow
In The Promise Of Another Tomorrow
I'll Never Let You Part
For You're Always In My Heart.

Anonymous said...

How about Pee Wee's Playhouse

Jerce said...

Youngsters, go have a listen to "An American Tune" by Paul Simon.

It's a perfect fit:

Riles said...

That song from The Crying Game

Anonymous said...

Damn, somebody already said "The Gambler"....

Alright then, Matthew Sweet's "Ugly Truth Rock" or Bob Dylan's "Masters Of War".

Anonymous said...

benny hill theme song.

toastie said...

Joey Scarbury - Believe It or Not (Theme from Greatest American Hero)

Doc said...

I'll go for the vision of the future rather than a summation of that movie and run with Carl Nielsen's 'The Inextinguishable'.

"“Music is life, and, like life, inextinguishable.”

Composed during WWI, it inspired that even though everything looks shitty (and World Wars are very very shitty), life will persevere. And that philosophy pretty much kept me going the last 8 years of Bush!

Anonymous said...

Some obvious choices are:

"No W" - Ministry
"Capital G" - Nine Inch Nails

Some less direct:

"I Wanna Be a Boss" - Stan Ridgway
"Don't Crash" - Front 242

Fungi said...

"Send In The Clowns"

Sheriff Bart said...

Anonymous beat me to Yackety Sax.

Most appropriate.

Mila said...

To Drunk To F..k by Dead Kennedys! &
51St State by New Model Army!
Many Greetings From A German-Italian
Who Lives In Athens-Greece...
...Also Many Kisses To Lovely Inara!

jrm78 said...

Grateful Dead - Friend of the Devil
Frank Sinatra - My Way

Jeremy said...

Since the nightmare is finally over, (and I'm a sucker for irony, like the love song playing over the mid-air refueling scene in "Doctor Strangelove") I'm going to go with one of my dear departed grandma's favorite songs. Louis Armstrong's version of "What a wonderful world".

Alternately, we'll skip music and go with the classic '92 Bill Hicks comedy skit where he comments on Clinton's victory over Bush the 1 and screams "the Republican beast is dead!"

Anonymous said...

"Here Comes a Regular" - The Replacements

Sheriff Bart said...

They could play Yakety Sax and roll the credits as we see Bush being chased 1.5x speed out of the White House across the front lawn by an angry butler and a chef waving a frying pan.
As they run down Pennsylvania avenue Bush slams into a police officer and a bald old guy knocking them both over. They too take up the chase.
As he rounds onto 12th Street, Bush loses his balance and clutches desperately to an attractive couple standing on the corner. The woman's dress tears off in his hands revealing her bra, knickers, garter and stockings. The angry husband takes a swing which Bush ducks like a flying shoe, and the chase continues.
More hijinks ensue until the entire street is full of angry Americans chasing Bush down the middle of the road waving fists and shouting curses until the credits finish rolling.

Mart said...

Forgot about Steve Earle's 2004 "The Revolution Starts Now" - maybe a little ahead of its time.

Did have the classic ditty - "Condi Condi", a tribute to the Supertanker Rice.

Oh Condi, Condi I’m talkin’ to you girl
What’s it gonna hurt come on give me a whirl
Shake your body now let me see you go
One time for me Oh Condi I love you so
Skank for me Condi show me what you got
They say you’re too uptight I say you’re not
Dance around me spinnin’ like a top
Oh Condi Condi Condi don’t ever stop

sommer said...

brenda lee's "i'm sorry"

"Im sorry, so sorry,
That I was such a fool."

VOTAR said...

I'm gonna go with the cover of John Lennon's Imagine. performed by Maynard James Keenan.

But frankly, the last thing I'd like to hear in relation to this man is something along the lines of:

"Mr. Bush, please turn around slowly, face the wall, and place both hands behind your back."

L. said...

Aww, someone beat me to "Cunts are Still Running the World".

I'll go with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Grind My Bones.

The feeling of worn down desperation in the song just somehow feels right after eight years.

Jerry said...



Nate said...

John Ashcroft's "Let the Eagle Soar" with the best bushisms laid over the top. If the song ends before the credits do, maybe fade into the gay cowboy instrumental from Brokeback Mountain.

Kevin said...

"America (Fuck Yeah!)"

Anonymous said...

Dead silence, because he didn't learn a thing, and hasn't copped to a single mistake.

travis said...

The song I was thinking of the night Obama won was:

Leonard Cohen's Democracy.

"Democracy is coming. To the USA"

Steve said...

"The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down".

Anonymous said...

Probably something from Immortal Technique, like "The Cause of Death".

Anonymous said...

Peggy Lee - Is That All There Is?

PaddyDog said...

Wow. 70+ comments in and I'm the first to propose:

The Clash, Go Straight To Hell Boy

Ahcuah said...

Na na na na, na na na na, hey, hey, goodbye.

micheal said...

could go the way of the yankees when the visiting team wins...
new york new york by lizza minelli


the downward spiral- NIN

ace said...

How about Nancy Sinatra's "These Were Made For Walkin"

postcardsfromcanuckistan said...

the coasters singing yakety yak

"take out the papers and the trash
or you won't get no spending cash
yakety yak
don't come back."

Laser Rocket Arm said...

"Ding Dong, The Witch Is Dead." Preferably the Klaus Nomi version.

Suzy said...

America is Not the World
By Morrissey

America your head's too big, Because America, Your belly is too big. And I love you, I just wish you'd stay where you belong

In America, The land of the free, they said, And of opportunity, In a just and a truthful way.
But where the president, is never black, female or gay, and until that day, you've got nothing to say to me, to help me believe

In America, it brought you the hamburger. Well America you know where, you can shove your hamburger. And don't you wonder, why in Estonia they say, Hey you, you big fat pig, you fat pig, you fat pig

Steely blue eyes with no love in them, scan the World,
And a humourless smile, with no warmth within, greets the world.
And I, I have got nothing, to offer you No-no-no-no-no, just this heart deep and true, which you say you don't need

See with your eyes, touch with your hands, please, hear through your ears, know in your soul, please. For haven't you me with you now? and I love you, I love you, I love you. And I love you, I love you, I love you.

9H2Os said...

While I appreciate the Yakety Sax suggestion, my partner mentioned, and I have to agree with her, that "I Started a Joke" by the Bee Gees best sums it up.

Felis Femina said...

"I Hate Everything About You" by Ugly Kid Joe.

Finally, bad 90's music is good for something.

MJG said...

Another Fine Day - Golden Smog

jgodsey said...

i would loop Steam's Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Them Goodbye, over and over like they do at sports games.

Yurko said...

"here come the bastards" by Primus

Eddie said...

The music from the last scene in Dr. Strangelove comes to mind.

Or, as the credits roll and we watch clips of his most cringe-worthy moments, we laugh at the pure incongruity of 'Detatchable Penis' by King Missile.

Graham said...

The lonely man music from the Hulk.

All the destructive little presidential terror wanted was a friend.

Jason said...

Oh, just give me the theme from "The Dating Game."
Honestly, weren't we very excited at first thinking we were compatible with this guy and then with every question we asked, his answers from the other side of the wall just got more and more absurd until the point we said, "Where did you find this kook? FUCK YOUR FREE DINNER AND TRIP TO SAN DIEGO!"

Ned Hades said...

I'm a little late to the show (okay, a lot late), but as I considered a song to post, this one popped in my head.

"My Work Is Done" by Steve Von Til

My forge and hammer, lie reclined
My bellows too, have lost their wind
My fire's extinct, my forge decayed
And in the dust, my vice is laid
My coal is spent, my iron is gone
My anvil's broke, my work is done
My work is done
My work is done

inferno said...

Head Like A Hole - NIN

britta is an asshole said...

"Chocolate City" - Parliament

Uh, what's happening CC?
They still call it the White House
But that's a temporary condition, too.
Can you dig it, CC?

To each his reach
And if I don't cop, it ain't mine to have
But I'll be reachin' for ya
'Cause I love ya, CC.
Right on.

There's a lot of chocolate cities, around
We've got Newark, we've got Gary
Somebody told me we got L.A.
And we're working on Atlanta
But you're the capital, CC

Gainin' on ya!
Get down
Gainin' on ya!
Movin' in and on ya
Gainin' on ya!
Can't you feel my breath, heh
Gainin' on ya!
All up around your neck, heh heh

Hey, CC!
They say your jivin' game, it can't be changed
But on the positive side,
You're my piece of the rock
And I love you, CC.
Can you dig it?

Hey, uh, we didn't get our forty acres and a mule
But we did get you, CC, heh, yeah
Gainin' on ya
Movin' in and around ya
God bless CC and its vanilla suburbs

Gainin' on ya!
Gainin' on ya!
Gainin' on ya! (heh!)
Gainin' on ya!
Gainin' on ya!
What's happening, blood?
Gainin' on ya!
Gainin' on ya!
Gainin' on ya!

What's happening, black?
Brother black, blood even
Yeah-ahh, just funnin'

Gettin' down

Ah, blood to blood
Ah, players to ladies
The last percentage count was eighty
You don't need the bullet when you got the ballot
Are you up for the downstroke, CC?
Chocolate city
Are you with me out there?

And when they come to march on ya
Tell 'em to make sure they got their James Brown pass
And don't be surprised if Ali is in the White House
Reverend Ike, Secretary of the Treasure
Richard Pryor, Minister of Education
Stevie Wonder, Secretary of FINE arts
And Miss Aretha Franklin, the First Lady
Are you out there, CC?
A chocolate city is no dream
It's my piece of the rock and I dig you, CC
God bless Chocolate City and its (gainin' on ya!) vanilla suburbs
Can y'all get to that?
Gainin' on ya!
Gainin' on ya!
Easin' in
Gainin' on ya!
In yo' stuff
Gainin' on ya!
Huh, can't get enough
Gainin' on ya!
Gainin' on ya!
Be mo' funk, be mo' funk
Gainin' on ya!
Can we funk you too
Gainin' on ya!
Right on, chocolate city!

Yeah, get deep
Real deep
Be mo' funk
Mmmph, heh
Get deep
Unh, heh
Just got New York, I'm told

Allen said...

Though 'American Idiot' does seem really apposite, I'd go for Stereolab, Wow & Flutter,

I didn’t question I didn’t know,
As far as I’d seen life was endless,
When I realised I had to let go,
We are mere mortals,
As to the rest,

It’s not eternal, imperishable,
While on the move,
It’s not eternal, interminable,
Progress is the clue,

I though IBM was born with the world,
The US flag would float forever,
The cold opponent did pack away,
The capital will have to follow,

It’s not eternal, imperishable,
Oh yes it will go,
It’s not eternal, imperishable,
The dinosaur law,

Look at the symbols, they are alive,
They move evolve and then they die.

Anonymous said...

Sounds of Silence

Gimme Three Steps -Lynrd Skynrd

Is There Anybody Out There? -Pink Floyd

Comfortably Numb

Don't Fear the Reaper

The Joker

Another One Bites the Dust

but my fave has got to be:

Get the Party Started by Pink

Anonymous said...

Nowhere Man
Take This Job and Shove It
Amarillo By Morning

Mr. Controversy said...

We'll Meet know, like the end of Dr. Strangelove.

Colombo said...

How about silence... pure silence. This cunt doesn't deserve anything, no song, no theme, no score. The faster he gets the fuck out the better we'll all be.

Ezanee said...

Theme from M*A*S*H - Suicide is Painless :p

BACbank said...

Since I think any conversation between GHWB41 and GWB43 sounds like Sheriff Buford T. Justice and Junior...

"The Bandit"
They call you the bandit
An outlaw untamed
Shackled only by freedom
You wear no man's chain
Some say they despise you
Well maybe they do
But deep down inside them
I bet they wish they were you"