It's the weekend again, and it's time for our playlist.
This weekend, to commemorate the US Presidential election results and Trump's win, here are some songs that seem to weigh in on the mood: bleak, dystopian and a little bit of hope. So take your pick from politically-charged music, death metal, indie or feel good with Nina Simone. And as always, tune in, to tune out.
Live: 'American Idiot' by Greenday at the MTV EMAs 2016
The Simpsons predicted it and Southpark despises it. Welcome to America 2016 with Trump as president. Greenday's Billie Joe Armstrong unveiled the new Trump-tinged version of their politically-charged 2004 single 'American Idiot' during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2016. "Can you hear the sound of hysteria?" Billie Joe Armstrong shouted, changing a lyric from "subliminal mind-f*** America" to "subliminal mind-Trump America." He also remarked later, "It's nice to be out of America just for a second because of this horrendous election that's going on right now. Our entire country... is out to have one big collective heart attack."
— Ankita Maneck
'Reign Of Darkness' by Thy art is murder
Donald Trump is elected as president of the United States. Let that sink while the song title explains it all.
— Siddhi Desai
'State Of Our Affairs' by Mt. Desolation
"Could it be the sign of our affairs I'm seeing?"
This is a question a lot of us are thinking about in a post-Brexit and post-Donald Trump victory world. We live in times when a man who had said, "grab them by the p***y" and was accused of sexual assault by around 10 women, a man who wants to put a temporary ban on Muslims in America, a man who wants to build a wall at the US-Mexico border and make Mexico pay for it and a man who had suggested that the Indian Parliament is in Mumbai, is now the president of one of the powerful countries, if not the most powerful country in the world.
Let's listen to this song and think about where we have gone wrong.
— Anshu Lal
'Feeling Good' by Nina Simone
It's not the Jockey or nothing ad with the dancing, beautiful people, but Nina Simone, in the bold black of her civil rights cause, who sang this song to popularity. What's striking is this song's laziness. The drawling vocals and sporadic jazz interventions mirrors a leisurely Sunday morning, when you may wake up as you want to (alright, sure, the ad's visuals gets it right).
Though, in an encapsulation, this song remembers freedom perfectly. Black lives matter, preaches the song, but never as a point of concern, nor a cause of worry. It takes the right to freedom for granted. Racism and sexism cannot measure up to this song's brushstroke offhandedness. Not even from a KKK-endorsed President.
— Eisha Nair
'Highway to Hell' by AC/DC
With Trump for a President, it is highway to hell from here on. Even though a very brave Hillary Clinton told us to keep an open mind, it is still hard because, have you heard Donald Trump speak? While the world awaits for the 'greatness' that is expected from this man, I will sit back and head-bang to this. All the best guys.
— Devparna Acharya
'New Americana' by Hasley
While everyone is talking about Trump and his racism and the xenophobic quality, there are other things that have happened in the US. Marijuana has been legalised in places like California, Massachusetts and Nevada. In Florida, voters approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Meanwhile, I have been listening to a song by Halsey called 'New Americana'. Apt, don't you think?
— Kinjal Vora
First Published On : Nov 12, 2016 09:02 IST