I’ve been watching a lot of talk shows the past couple weeks and no matter which way you lean, there is no doubt in my mind that the artists have carefully selected the appropriate songs to play.
Here’s Ryan Adam‘s performance of “Oh My Sweet Carolina” on Late Night with Stephen Colbert. This is for a re-release of his brilliant album, Heartbreaker. The album originally came out in 2000 so he had no idea at the time how much the line “So I went on to Cleveland and I ended up insane” would fit in 2016.
Jenny Lewis’ new band Nice As Fuck make their statement with their songs “Door” The get a nice cheer with the line “And I believe in peace and love” as she pleads “Don’t close the Door”. They add a nice coda with the song “Guns”. singing repeatedly “I don’t want to be afraid, put your guns away”
Here’s case/lang/veirs on Good Morning America asking “Why are the wholesome things the one we make obscene?”
There is also the sledge hammer approach of Prophets of Rage. The band featuring featuring members of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Cypress Hill’s B-Real,
appeared on Jimmy Kimmel with fists in the air and a sign in the background demanding to “Make America Rage Again”
And of course, there’s Weird Al on Conan spouting his conspiracy theories in the song “Foil”