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Sevens (Politiko) :: Drive-by Truckers – Ramon Casiano

Friday, October 28th, 2016

(In October of 2008 we flipped the script on our Sevens column with Politiko, focusing solely on political songs until the general election. It’s now 2016…and we’re back.) “It all started at the border / and that’s still where it is today / someone killed Ramon Casiano / and the killer got away.” The opening […]

Sevens (Politiko) :: Ramones / Bonzo Goes To Bitburg

Monday, October 10th, 2016

(In October of 2008 we flipped the script on our Sevens column with Politiko, focusing solely on political songs until the general election. It’s now 2016…and we’re back.) In the spring of 1985, fresh off his landslide re-election to the presidency, Ronald Reagan planned out a visit to a West German military cemetery with then-Chancellor […]

Sevens (Politiko) :: A Change Is Gonna Come

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

(This concludes the Politiko series of Sevens: a feature on Aquarium Drunkard that pays tribute to the art of the individual song. Go vote.) Sam Cooke was astounded by Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind.” Seriously. “Geez, a white boy writing a song like that,” Cooke commented. Though it wasn’t so much the lyrics that affected […]

Sevens (Politiko) :: Pete Seeger, Turn! Turn! Turn!

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

(Sevens, a feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song. From now through the November 4th election, Sevens will focus on political songs) Protest songs and politically framed ballads are almost immediately associated with Vietnam-era musicians. Or maybe it’s that those musicians are almost immediately branded as subverters of a […]

Sevens (Politiko) :: By The Time I Get To Arizona

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

(Sevens, a new feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song. From now through the election, Sevens will focus on political songs) November 2nd of this year will be the 25th anniversary of President Regan’s signing of the bill that officially made the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday a federal […]

Sevens (Politiko) :: Burn On and Cuyahoga

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

(Sevens, a new feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song. From now through the election, Sevens will focus on political songs) While the environment shouldn’t seem like a political issue, it has become one of the nastier ones of the past half century. The conflict between capitalism and conservation […]

Sevens (Politiko) :: Born In The U.S.A.

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

(Sevens, a new feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song. From now through the election, Sevens will focus on political songs) Only twenty-four years ago, Ronald Reagan was running for re-election under the cheering banner of a slicker, better America. The story that he had been selling for four […]