Tired of the same old Top 40 music videos that don’t have any footage of nerdy progressives holding signs about infrastructure investment? I know I am.
It seems like every song on the radio now is just encouraging people to enjoy themselves (and enjoying yourself, as we all know, is just another subtle form of racism). I wish there was some kind of song out there for good people to listen to when we’re bicycling back from Whole Foods — one that we can nod seriously along to without worrying about indirectly emboldening the heteronormative patriarchy.
Well, our non-denominational prayers have finally been answered (and there won’t be any “Koch” snorting by this band!).
That’s right, “Run, Liz, Run,” courtesy of the pro-Elizabeth Warren PAC Ready for Warren, is here, and it might just be the most important jam since Mikhalkov’s “State Anthem.” The song, encouraging Elizabeth Warren to run for president, might as well be the latest composition from the songwriting team of Elton John and Bernie Taupin, and could have been produced in the Abbey Road studios by Rick Rubin. (NOTE: “Run, Liz, Run” was also the title of an unreleased 1976 Sex Pistols track taunting Queen Elizabeth with threats of hooliganism. To listen to that song, you’ll need to visit Warren’s Senate website).
That’s some harsh tuneage right there. Remember, oldsters and Wall Street squares: there’s a couple of things Liz Warren won’t let you forget. (But I’m telling you, man, you haven’t lived until you’ve seen her nagging people live.)
The track, known to the hipsters as “RLR,” already has literally tens of thousands of Youtube views, 109 “Thumbs-Up” reviews against 810 ironic punk-rock “Thumbs-Down” votes, and three whole comments. Since it’s clear that rock historians will someday classify all records as having been produced pre-RLR or post-RLR, we thought it helpful to offer a list of the only six other songs in existence that can equal this rocker’s mix of musical dexterity and social impact. We’ll see you at Coachella.
1. David Hasselhoff “Looking for Freedom” (1989)
2. William Shatner “Rocket Man” (1978)
3. This Guy “Average Homeboy” (Early ’90s)
6. Leonard Nimoy “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” (The Future)