Which Songs Were They Conceived To?

Jason Carter (b.1975), grandspawn of Jimmy Carter, won a Georgia state senate race on Tuesday. Christopher Nixon Cox (b.1979), grandspawn of Richard Nixon, is running for New York congresscritter from Long Island.

“I think bringing up the 1970s is great if you’re sitting in a history class,” says Chris, brushing off grandpa’s dedicated service to infamy. We agree. So let’s make history more fun for the kids: What songs were Chris’s and Jason’s parents enjoying when they danced the beast with two backs?


Some pretty decent music was out then, per a couple lists I found:

1. Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2 – Pink Floyd
2. London Calling – The Clash
3. Rapper’s Delight – The Sugarhill Gang
4. Good Times – Chic
5. Dont Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
6. We Are Family – Sister Sledge
7. Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd
8. Hot Stuff – Donna Summer
9. Brass in Pocket – The Pretenders
10. Message in a Bottle – The Police

1. Y.M.C.A. – Village People
2. I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
3. Don’t Stop Til You Get EnoughDon’t Stop Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
4. We Are Family – Sister Sledge
5. Old TimeOld Time Rock and RollRock and Roll – Bob Seger
6. Hot Stuff/Bad Girls – Donna Summer
7. Good Times – Chic
8. Escape (The Pina Colada SongThe Pina Colada Song) – Rupert HolmesRupert Holmes
9. Aint No Stoppin Us Now – McFadden & Whitehead
10. September – Earth, Wind and Fire
11. Born To Be Alive – Patrick Hernadez
12. My SharonaMy Sharona – the Knack
13. Heart Of Glass – Blondie
14. Knock On Wood – Amii StewartAmii Stewart
15. After The Love Has GoneThe Love Has Gone – Earth, Wind and Fire
16. Shake Your Body Down To The Ground – Jacksons
17. The Rainbow ConnectionThe Rainbow Connection – Kermit (the Frog)
18. Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’ – Journey
19. The Devil Went Down To GeorgiaThe Devil Went Down To Georgia – Charlie Daniels Band
20. One Way or Another – Blondie
21. Ooh Baby BabyOoh Baby Baby – Linda Ronstadt
22. Do Ya Think I’m SexyDo Ya Think I’m Sexy? – Rod Stewart
23. Boogie WonderlandBoogie Wonderland – Earth, Wind and Fire
24. Love BalladLove Ballad – George Benson
25. Rise – Herb Alpert

Nojo, you have my guess as the illustration.

@SanFranLefty: I came this close to using Boston.

Meanwhile, the Appalachian Trail now runs through the Florida Keys.

@nojo: Dude, now I have “More than a Feeling” running through my head again. It’s the go-to song when I’m playing drunken Rock Band with Mr. SFL and the gheyz on a Saturday night. I’m on drums.

@SanFranLefty: I have “When Will I See You Again” going through my head now, for some reason.

More on the topic, Jason Carter is now my state senator. Met him in person — a genuinely nice guy representing libtards and lesbians in a district that appreciates the Carters.

1973: Law of the Land

undisputed truth btw

@rptrcub: I’ve tried forever to meet Jimmy Carter. Fail. I worked with his Iowa guy Tim Kraft on the Dean campaign here, though.

@redmanlaw: I love Jimmy Carter. It was his amnesty on draft dodgers (just kidding! no, srsly, FBI dudes) that allowed me to come back. Whether that’s proved beneficial to the US is another question.


Yeah, I never saw what all the fuss was about how lousy a president he was. Does “lasting peace between Israel and Egypt” ring any bells? How about “showing the Arab world that one could indeed negotiate with Israel without using armament”?

@Benedick: Saint Jimmy also introduced draft registration, and sent a bunch of choppers to fail in the Iran desert because Ted Koppel was teasing him every night — which had a 20-year-old Nojo wondering what the fuck he was getting me into.

Like any president, he’s a mixed bag. But yes, much better than his reputation.

I kind of think he’s the last decent human we’ve had in the White House. Though I do think Barry has real decency. Also dignity. And intelligence.

/ducking rocks shied by OA.


Look at his record AFTER the presidency; all those other dudes went the public speaking/massive foundation $$$ route. Jimmy went and built houses for the poor.

A good man.

Oh, and “Disco Duck”. On a cassette tape looped with “Short People”.

did I ever mention that I lost my (hetero) virginity on a sofa listening to the moon landing?

one small step indeed.

Why am I getting the “Single Muslims” dating ad with this post?

@SanFranLefty: I’m getting Uncle Sam with Harry Reid’s face. Ick.

@redmanlaw: Oh, gotta play “September” now!

@Benedick: @Tommmcat Still Gets Carly Confused With Meg: I too think Carter is a genuinely good man, an actual Christian, an active, actual Christian. I think the Villagers did to him what they did to the Clintons as soon as they arrived in DC, i.e., assumed that people from the South without Eastern Establishment credentials (read old money and prep school educations) were automatically beneath the Villagers’ notice, stupid, ill-educated, unsophisticated, “not one of us.” They’re mostly a loathsome lot, the Villagers, especially when acting as part of their mob rather than as individual humans. Vying for a purchase on the greasy pole is bad for the character as well as the manners. Plus, goodness makes them uneasy. How do you buy, play, blackmail, manipulate, etc., a good person ?

Two words: Billy Beer.

And I swear I have a can somewhere. Maybe it’s still at the Ancestral Home.

@nojo: Holy smokes! He went to Emory. Think there would have been Billy Beer had he graduated?

@JNOVjr: Stinque’s Friday night national anthem, Comfortably Numb, is on the first list.

@redmanlaw: Sorry to say I’ve never been a terribly huge Pink Floyd fan. I don’t dislike them or anything, though. In fact, I like quite a few of their songs. It’s just that I’ve got one of those friends. You know the ones. I’m talking about the guys that only listen to one band and have a habit of trying to make you listen to them all the time, too. I guess it’s kinda similar to the aversion I have towards The Beatles :/

@JNOVjr: I know what you mean. I personally love both Pink Floyd and The Beatles, but they are relatively recent additions to my iTunes library (because I had it all on vinyl waybackwhen, and it takes a special drunken impulse to buy it all again). They are by no means the gold standard of pop music.

Most recent purchases were the latest releases from Broken Social Scene and The Fall.

@PedonatorUSA: Googling…
Anyway, I’ve mostly been listening to Saskrotch and his buddy, Sabrepulse, lately.

@JNOVjr: Hmm…sounds like a ’70’s video game arcade to me…sorry. Though Saskrotch had some kind of melody going on there, maybe?

For a quick check on the history of electronica (is that even what it’s called anymore?), you may want to investigate İlhan Mimaroğlu.

@JNOVjr, Pedominator: Mmm . . . kinda my thought, too. I was thinking one of those little casiotones with the built in beats and speed controls. Son of RML listens to a lot of that these days, although he did burn a lot of my metal to his iTunes. (Still looking for my fucking Dir En Grey and Isis cds, goddammit . . . ) I did not realize how glam Manson (Marilyn, not Shirley) was until we listened to a bunch of his stuff going up to the ski area this past winter.

@redmanlaw: Oh my, how the casiotones rang loud and proud in the 1980’s! Human League, Thompson Twins, Flock of Seagulls, Trio, Thomas Dolby…

Of course at the time, I was much more into the Clash and early Psychedelic Furs and Dream Syndicate and such…

Da da da!

@JNOVjr: I totally associate “Comfortably Numb” now with the fantastic “Heidi and Kennedy” episode of the The Sopranos and no longer with that friend of mine from H.S. who was just a leetle too much into Floyd.

Anyway, I’m drifting off to early Fleetwood Mac’s Bare Trees.

Sentimental Lady isn’t so cliched when you’re in cups. Brings tears to my eyes, that.

You are here and warm…

But I could look away and you’d be gone…

When meaning falls in splinters from our lives

Y’know, they knew this shit even in the seventies. That meaning could fall in splinters from our lives. And such as.

Trees – the grey day has changed everything
It’s beautiful, just beautiful
So beautiful this first grey day is ours
My loving child

@PedonatorUSA: Na na na . . .

I’m more of a Gold Dust Woman and The Chain kind of guy than Sentimental Lady. But how about that creepy Hipnotized song?!?

Fave sad song: Metallica, “Bleeding Me”. “This thorn in my side is from the tree I planted . . .” then at 4:50, The Majesty of Metal, ends with “I’m digging my way to something better . . .”

Then there’s NIN, “Everything is Exactly the Same.”/a>

This song is just mean: A Perfect Circle “The Noose” (singer is Maynard from Tool).

With heaven’s help
You’ve cast your demons out
And not to pull your halo down
Around your neck and tug you off your cloud
But I’m more than just a little curious
How you’re plannin’ to go about makin’ your amends
To the dead

@redmanlaw: That Metallica is awesome. Can I get a disc/download of theirs that just has the mellow-ish trippy stuff that sounds like they dipped their Wish You Were Here in a vat of the very first Black Sabbath album?

Finally listening to Mark E. Smith’s The Fall’s latest, pretty good so far, but I can’t help hearing:

El, El, el, el, el, el, el, el
Aeh, Aeh, Aeh, aeh, aeh, aeh, aeh…

@PedonatorUSA: It’s from Load (the one where they cut their hair and went on Lalopalooza) and it’s pretty much the only thing they did in that style. The Unforgiven and Nothing Else Matters (on “the Black Album”), the Day That Never Ends (on “Death Magnetic”), and Fade to Black (“Ride the Lightning”) are some really powerful ballads they’ve done, but Bleeding Me is a masterpiece. You can find alla them on the ewetubes. Not sure if they’re with iTunes yet.

“The Day That Never Comes” (live in France, 2009, available on DVD). Son of RML and I saw them from the 4th row on the floor in Albuquerque in October 2008, an earlier date on that tour that is still going on, btw.

Fade to Black, same show

Nothing Else Matters, another one for the French

The dvd is about $20. Might be import only. If so, try the store at metallica.com

Black Sabbath – The one with NIB and the Wizard – “My name is Lucifer, please take my hand.. . “Yup, I know that one.


One that gets me every time is the two part “Wings for Marie” from Tool’s 10000 Days record. Vids (didn’t make these, but pretty cool):

Part 1
Part 2

Oddly enough, the song also works really well as a sound system test. I remember one night we’d just finished setting up for the Pawpaw Festival – it’s about 9:30PM, totally dark out on the lake and maybe 10 people within a mile in any direction. We had that track running to check the subs and the tweeters, and actually had somebody come over to see if the thunder was *real*.

Carter would have been elected had not Reagan sent spook poppy Bush to meet with the Iranians and broker a treasonous deal to keep the hostages in hostage-hood until after the election. And thus the conspiracy is unbroken, from Kennedy till today, the Bushes have been the tool of the military-industrial-defense-spook complex, in the forefront of the fascist takeover.

@Prommie: From Kennedy? Oh, no, no, no. Go back farther. Try since the ’30s, when Prescott Bush was palling around with Nazis.

@al2o3cr: Cool, thanks. Tool is on the road again this summer, but I’m not aware of any new material from them until later this year or 2011. Closet show is Red Rocks near Denver. Thinking about it. Seen them four times, last three times were on the very long 10,000 Days tour and subsequent 2009 minitour.

Save the date (tentative): RML Summer Party, June 26, Santa Fe NM.

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