What's Your Favorite Anti-Reagan Hardcore Song From The '80s?

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Remember when every hardcore album had to have one? List all the "classics" here, in memory of the old right-wing warrior.

Phil Freeman (Phil Freeman), Saturday, 5 June 2004 23:38 (10 years ago) Permalink

the jodie foster songs were better

stockholm cindy (Jody Beth Rosen), Saturday, 5 June 2004 23:39 (10 years ago) Permalink

My answers are here:

Music About Ronald Reagan

Pete Scholtes, Saturday, 5 June 2004 23:46 (10 years ago) Permalink

DRI's "Reaganomics", of course:

Reagonomics killing me
Reagonomics killing me
Reagonomics killing me
Reagonomics killing YOU!

newnumbertwo, Sunday, 6 June 2004 00:18 (10 years ago) Permalink

"i'm not religious. i'm not political. i don't give a fuck what reagan does, i don't give a fuck. i wanna drink, fight, and fuck!" -- GG Allin

Eisbär (llamasfur), Sunday, 6 June 2004 01:01 (10 years ago) Permalink

I was so going to start an identical thread!!

I'm going with...
1. "Fucked Up Ronnie" by DOA
2. "We've Got a Bigger Problem Now" by Dead Kennedys
3. "I Shot the Devil" by Suicidal Tendencies

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Sunday, 6 June 2004 01:43 (10 years ago) Permalink

That "we begin bombing in five minutes" megamix.

mike a, Sunday, 6 June 2004 01:59 (10 years ago) Permalink

One of the best punk rock bands in Windsor, Ontario in the early 80s was the Ronald Reagan Story. The rest of the world will never know how great they were.

"If I had more gun control,
I wouldn't have missed by an inch or so.
And Jodie would have loved me!"

peepee (peepee), Sunday, 6 June 2004 03:12 (10 years ago) Permalink

Oh, good. DK's are already mentioned. My work is done, here.

Bimble (bimble), Sunday, 6 June 2004 03:12 (10 years ago) Permalink

Who was the hardcore group with the lyric:

"Oh, man. Anti-Reagan and shit."

peepee (peepee), Sunday, 6 June 2004 03:15 (10 years ago) Permalink

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Sunday, 6 June 2004 03:36 (10 years ago) Permalink

let us also not forget that there was a hardcore punk group called "reagan youth."

Eisbär (llamasfur), Sunday, 6 June 2004 03:41 (10 years ago) Permalink

"I Shot the Devil", seconded.

Vek (vek), Sunday, 6 June 2004 05:46 (10 years ago) Permalink

"I Shot the Devil", seconded.

Vek (vek), Sunday, 6 June 2004 05:47 (10 years ago) Permalink

doy

Vek (vek), Sunday, 6 June 2004 05:48 (10 years ago) Permalink

"reaganomix" by beefeater. i can't really remember the lyrics other than the chorus saying something about "one old asshole."

el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Sunday, 6 June 2004 07:26 (10 years ago) Permalink

"hinkley had a vision" by the crucifucks

"i wanna take the president, chop off his head, and mail it to them in a garbage bag!!!"

shut up, Sunday, 6 June 2004 08:16 (10 years ago) Permalink

Why did everybody hate Reagan? He wasn't THAT bad!!

Unknown User, Sunday, 6 June 2004 11:29 (10 years ago) Permalink

yes, he WAS that bad.

shut up, Sunday, 6 June 2004 12:15 (10 years ago) Permalink

That would be The Pop-O-Pies, "A Political Song." "Anti-Reagan and stuff man, yeah."

There was a Rutgers band who had a song that went "Nazi, Nazi, Reagan's a Nazi/Nancy Reagan is also a Nazi!" And they appeared not to be joking.

mike a, Sunday, 6 June 2004 12:16 (10 years ago) Permalink

YAY POP-O-PIES YAY!!!!

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Sunday, 6 June 2004 13:53 (10 years ago) Permalink

Yes, yes, he was that bad!!!

And all hail to the Crucifux!!! What a great live band!

peepee (peepee), Sunday, 6 June 2004 14:40 (10 years ago) Permalink

Suicidal was definitely the first thing that came to mind, followed by the DKs

Avi (Avi), Sunday, 6 June 2004 15:57 (10 years ago) Permalink

Cyndi Lauper - Girls just wanna have fun

David Allen (David Allen), Sunday, 6 June 2004 16:03 (10 years ago) Permalink

"Riot shields / Voodoo economics / RETURN! RETURN!!!"

joseph cotten (joseph cotten), Sunday, 6 June 2004 17:06 (10 years ago) Permalink

I remember when GWB was elected, I read a couple of statements along the lines of, "Well, at least it will be good for punk music." Now, I don't exactly pay much attention to the punk/hardcore scenes, but do anti-Bush songs exist in the same quantity as anti-Reagan songs?

jaymc (jaymc), Sunday, 6 June 2004 17:16 (10 years ago) Permalink

Sym (shmuel), Sunday, 6 June 2004 18:43 (10 years ago) Permalink

Old Skull - Homeless

don (don), Sunday, 6 June 2004 18:58 (10 years ago) Permalink

Now, I don't exactly pay much attention to the punk/hardcore scenes, but do anti-Bush songs exist in the same quantity as anti-Reagan songs?

Not even close

DJ Mencap (DJ Mencap), Monday, 7 June 2004 08:29 (10 years ago) Permalink

Could that possibly have something to do with today's alledgedly "punk / hardcore" bands having about as much to say politically as our cat?

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Monday, 7 June 2004 11:27 (10 years ago) Permalink

The man in the Whitehouse
He just don't care
He starves little kids and
He dyes his hair
Now what could make him think that way?
Now what could make him act that way?
He's just a right wing pigeon from outer space
Sent here to destroy the human race
He don't give a damn about you or me
He just buys guns and watches TV

dave225 (Dave225), Monday, 7 June 2004 11:36 (10 years ago) Permalink

minutemen:if regan played disco

ddb (ddb), Monday, 7 June 2004 11:54 (10 years ago) Permalink

"Dropping bombs on the White House" by The Style Council.

Not very subtle, but then compared to The Crucifux..."dropping bombs" is in some circles also an expression for hip jazz drumming.

Not sure if I would like the track today, but anything against the star wars madman was good.

"Two tribes" by Frankie goes to Hollywood was not as good as "Relax", but then political hymns are seldom very good really, as songs.

One exception - at the time, it may sound very dated now - is "We don't need this fascist groove thang" by Heaven 17.

Martin Theander, Monday, 7 June 2004 11:55 (10 years ago) Permalink

I can't find an image of it online, but A.P.P.L.E.'s "A Sensitive Fascist Is Very Rare" EP features Reagan on the cover (as the not-so-sensitive fascist, I guess).

I wonder how Jello Biafra and Winston Smith are taking Reagan's death.

mike a, Monday, 7 June 2004 13:12 (10 years ago) Permalink

It's like, did '80s hardcore bands not think about how dated their anti-Reagan songs would be just a few years later? Maybe today's politically-minded punks have learned that lesson. You just don't see GWB turn up in as many songs or album covers.

mike a, Monday, 7 June 2004 13:15 (10 years ago) Permalink

Oh for god's sake - that's nowhere near the point. The *vast* majority of the 80s hardcore bands were putting out records for, effectively, the sake of putting it out, and for capturing a moment in time (as in, 20 hours or so in a studio). If they'd stopped to think about whether their lyrical stance would have been "dated" (which is hardly a bad thing anyway in this context) then half the point would have been completely lost.

DJ Mencap (DJ Mencap), Monday, 7 June 2004 14:07 (10 years ago) Permalink

As for why there's less anti-Bush punk rock at the moment, I guess it's partly because the genre is no longer political by design, but lyric writers strike me as more jaded now - perhaps explicitly anti-government songs are seen as redundant? As opposed to the actual performers being apolitical

DJ Mencap (DJ Mencap), Monday, 7 June 2004 14:10 (10 years ago) Permalink

Day Glo Abortions - "Ronald McRaygun"

I'm Ronald McRaygun
McDeath McNuclear McWar
McCommies McFear McMe
'cuz I'm McDangerously McCrazy

Ben, Monday, 7 June 2004 16:34 (10 years ago) Permalink

public enemy - rebel without a pause (1988)

"impeach the president/i'm pulling out the raygun"

gygax! (gygax!), Monday, 7 June 2004 16:57 (10 years ago) Permalink

As for why there's less anti-Bush punk rock at the moment, I guess it's partly because the genre is no longer political by design, but lyric writers strike me as more jaded now - perhaps explicitly anti-government songs are seen as redundant? As opposed to the actual performers being apolitical

There is probably a lot of political punk out there, judging from the zines I look at. But it seems people are too afraid to be tasteless now, and a lot of the anti-Reagan stuff was tasteless, insulting, and fun. I think nowadays people are expected to write dreary college term papers set to music.

Kerry (dymaxia), Monday, 7 June 2004 17:54 (10 years ago) Permalink

Ummm...."Bonzo goes to Bitburg"

kwhitehead (stephen schmidt), Monday, 7 June 2004 19:31 (10 years ago) Permalink

'Could that possibly have something to do with today's alledgedly "punk / hardcore" bands having about as much to say politically as our cat?'

"You don't think I have something to say? Down with Bush!"

latebloomer (latebloomer), Monday, 7 June 2004 20:11 (10 years ago) Permalink

But that's not our cat!

Our cat voted for New Labour - stupid feline.

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 07:20 (10 years ago) Permalink

My boyfriend chose "Reagan" as his confirmation name. 1986. We have a video of the bishop chuckling as he heard Kevin's chosen saint name.
kevin is, of course, very upset at this time and would like to be alone to remember his "saint" in his own way.

aimurchie, Tuesday, 8 June 2004 16:49 (10 years ago) Permalink

You are the sons of Reagan ...Heil!
You're gonna kill some pagans ...Heil!
The right's your sacred mission
You'll start an inquisition
You're gonna purge the heathen kind?

You are Reagan Youth! ...Heil! Heil! Heil!
Reagan Youth ...Seig Heil!

You are the sons of Reagan ...Heil!
You are the godforsaken ...Heil!
The right is your religion
You watch television
It programs your programmed minds

You are the sons of Reagan ...Heil!
You are the unawakened ...Heil!
You wnat another war
Forward to El Salvador!
Die to kill a communist?

You are Reagan Youth! ...Heil! Heil! Heil!
Reagan Youth! ...Seig Heil!

Don't be fooled!

Ian Christe (Ian Christe), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 17:15 (10 years ago) Permalink

Favorite pro-Regan metal song is obviously Possessed's "The Exorcist":

Ian Christe (Ian Christe), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 17:17 (10 years ago) Permalink

Circle Jerks - "Stars and Stripes"

"Ha ha ha, you're all gonna die, and you voted for that guy"

Dadaismus (Dada), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 17:58 (10 years ago) Permalink

2 years pass...
Minor Threat managed to sound like the Sex Pistols and Nancy Reagan at the same time — a remarkable, if very strange, achievement.

gah. shows a great understanding of the DC hardcore scene!!

M@tt He1geson: Real Name, No Gimmicks (Matt Helgeson), Monday, 2 October 2006 19:44 (8 years ago) Permalink

I'm going to vote for The Zero Boy's "Civilization's Dying", although it just references Reagan getting shot.

"With the Pope
And the president
And the big rockstar who made alot of money
All got one thing in common
They know it ain't no fun to get shot with a gun"

Earl Nash (earlnash), Tuesday, 3 October 2006 03:15 (8 years ago) Permalink

not hardcore or from the 80's, but there's the sonic youth song "youth against fascism" that was released when clinton was beginning his first term. the song applies to a lot of recent presidents and it's probably about bush sr., but i always think of reagan. yeah the president sucks, he's a war pig fuck, this shit is out of luck.

Godfrzej Ljang (godfrzej), Tuesday, 3 October 2006 05:10 (8 years ago) Permalink


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