In honor of Presidents’ Day we have found music that is all about presidents!
James Brown, “Funky President”
James Brown’s tune is about the decidedly unfunky Gerald Ford, whose propensity was for falling down rather than getting down. Brown paid him the ultimate tribute with this powerhouse cut, featuring a super-solid drumline and killer sax courtesy of David Sanborn and Pee Wee Ellis. It was also sampled to death in its later years.
The Ramones, “Bonzo Goes To Bitburg”
President Reagan’s quirky nickname, “Bonzo,” commemorated the 40th anniversary of World War II that canceled an excursion to a concentration camp in order to view a Nazi SS cemetery. This political faux-pas was the subject of many rock songs including The Ramones’ “Bonzo Goes To Bitburg” which prompted the lyric “You’re a politician/don’t become one of Hitler’s children.”
The Minutemen, “If Reagan Played Disco”
For every scheming politician there is a cacophonous punk rock song to lampoon him. The Minutemen’s one-minute-ish tribute to Reagan consists of only these lyrics, “”If Reagan played disco, he’d shoot it to sh*t/ You can’t disco in jackboots/Born, born on a white horse/he’d sing lame lyrics/and try to reach the working man.”
Animaniacs, “The Presidents”
The Animaniacs created a song that named every US president (up to Bill Clinton, due to production date) to the tune of the William Tell Overture. This iconic cartoon series ran from 1992-1998.