Feeling depressed? Angry? Self-righteous? Victorious? Nothing? Just feeling? Henry Oliver presents a playlist for nine emotional responses to yesterday’s election.
Born Against – Half Mast
Public Enemy – Fight the Power
“Don’t mourn, organise! There are only three years, eleven months, three weeks and three days until the next election.”
Anohini – ‘4 Degrees’
“I don’t care what America does with its taxes, its tarrifs, its immigration laws, its abortion rights, its voting rights, its healthcare system, or its law enforcement. Countries get the leaders they deserve. Just don’t fuck the climate up for the rest of us.”
Nina Simone – ‘Sinnerman’
“Family Values America voted for this man? On women: “You have to treat ’em like shit”; could “stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot people and I wouldn’t lose voters”; “You know, it really doesn’t matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young, and beautiful, piece of ass”; supporters who attacked homeless homeless Hispanic man very “very passionate” and “love their country”; on war hero John McCain: “I like people that weren’t captured”; on his daughter: “She’s actually always been very voluptuous”; “If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her”; his penis size: “I guarantee you there’s no problem”; on Megyn Kelly: “There was …blood coming out of her wherever”; on Carly Fiorina: “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?”; to a female contestant on Celebrity Apprentice: “That must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees”; kept a collection of Adolf Hitler’s collected speeches in a cabinet by his bed; “If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS … the pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been president”; called Ted Cruz a “pussy”; on Mitt Romney: “I could’ve said, ‘Mitt, drop to your knees,’ and he would’ve dropped to his knees.” for an endorsement; to two 14-year-olds: “Wow! Just think – in a couple of years, I’ll be dating you”; on a 10-year-old girl, “I am going to be dating her in 10 years. Can you believe it?”; on poor people: “morons”; 12 allegations of sexual assault; “grab her by the pussy”.”
REM – ‘It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)’
“Of course Hillary lost. She’s the same old, special interest, big money, capitalist crony. Should’ve nominated Bernie, man. Bernie would have won. Definitely. The polls show it. They were wrong about Clinton, but they would have been right about the Bern. But whatever – better a four-year Trump disaster than the eternal continuation of this global neocon nightmare. Think about it. Sure, Trump might be bad for some Americans in the short term, but at least he won’t be drone bombing the Middle East all the time. And maybe a better relationship with Russia could be a good thing for world peace. But anyway, in the long term, his failure as a president will lead to the dismantling of the neoconservative, free market, globalist project. Trump is the end of the world as we know it, but I’ll be fine! Bernie 2020!”
Against Me! – ‘White People For Peace’
“Resistance is futile. Necessary, but futile.”
Merzbow – ‘Wind of Pain’
“Whatever. The universe is cruel and uncaring, a meaningless chasm of death and decay. What is Trump compared to the cold depths of cosmic nothingness?”
Alice Coltrane – ‘Journey In Satchidananda’
“Whatever. We are all one. We are all connected, all just atoms vibrating at different speeds. There is no win, no lose. Just love.”
The Rolling Stones – ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’
‘The New York Times says I’m winning? 54 percent? 67 percent? 87 percent? 95 percent!? I WON!?! Ivanka, I won! Lil’ Rudy, I won! Melania! Melania, get in here – I won! What do you mean, she got more votes? She got more votes but I won? How does that work? Who cares, I won! The failing New York Times says I won! Says I crushed her, even though she got a couple hundred thousand more votes! I love this country! Okay, what we’re going to do is, after my speech we’re going to play that song that I burned Pense with, that one about how you don’t get what you want, only I do. You know the one. The one about everyone being a loser, but it’s okay because I’m the winner and I’m going to hashtag Make America Great Again. Because I’m the only one that can do it. But skip the little boys singing at the start, that bit’s too long and creeps me out. Got it? Don’t fuck this up for me now Bannon.”
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Arvo Pärt – ‘Spiegel im Spiegel’
“Breathe. Remember to breathe. There’s still beauty in the world.”
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