Air America

Bob Nelson
Mon Oct 4 01:57:04 EDT 2004

>>What they've been doing is playing music with themes appropriate to Air America, such as the Beatles' "Revolution" and other songs expressing patriotism, freedom, or something like that.  

yes--some of them included, in addition to "Revolution":
Neil Young, "Rockin' in a Free World"
Bruce Springsteen, "Born in the USA"
Green Day, "American Idiot"
The Who, "We Won't Get Fooled Again"

needless to say, songs one would not have expected on WXKS (or
WJIB) and songs that were known to many people of a slightly younger age group (they could have thrown in some more unknown songs, like stuff by the Dead Kennedys). I think they put the hard edge (well, harder than what WXKS had been playing, certainly) to attract the young liberal audience.

They probably could have thrown in some older/softer stuff:

Kingston Trio, "Where Have All The Flowers Gone"
Phil Ochs, "I'm Not Marching Anymore"
Scott MacKenzie (or Turtles), "Eve of Destruction"
Cheryl Wheeler, "If It Were Up To Me (I'd Take Away the guns)"
Pat Humphries, "Swimming to the Other Side"
(any version of Woody Guthrie's) "This Land is Your Land"
(zany Mojo Nixon does a pretty good version)

Pete Seeger/Weavers, "We Shall Overcome"
Pete Seeger (or the Byrds), "Turn! Turn! Turn!"
Buffy Ste. Marie, "The Universal Soldier"
And let us not forget...
Cat "Yousaf Islam" Stevens, "Peace Train" 


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