U.S. Presidents Get Their Own Compilation
Third graders will have a new way of memorizing the U.S. presidents come September 9, when Standard Recordings Co unleashes Of Great and Mortal Men: 43 Songs for 43 Presidencies.
The über-conceptual, three-disc release is the brainchild of rockers Christian Kiefer, Martthew Gerken, and Jefferson Pitcher, who, with help from the likes of Xiu Xiu, Wooden Wand, Califone, and others, composed this grip of satirical tracks bearing titles like "George H.W. Bush: It was Foreshadowed Here: The Beginning of the End."
From a recent press release:
"These songs–poems set to music, really–wittily, and sometimes not entirely politely, take issue with the mythology that those who have previously inhabited the White House (POTUS, as they are referred to today) were something more than human."
Breaking down said mythology includes a look at the Bush administration, which is tied to "the voracious traditions of the Texas oil 'bidnes,'" George Washington's famous dentures made of hippopotamus teeth, and "savage condemnation" for the likes of Andrew Jackson, Ronald Reagan, and Nixon.
01 George Washington: Washington Dreams of the Hippopotamus (Feat. Vince DiFiore of Cake)
02 John Adams: Armed with Only Wit and Vigor and the U.S. Navy (Feat. These United States)
03 Thomas Jefferson: The Mouldboard of Least Resistance
04 James Madison: Zinger
05 James Monroe: The Last Cocked Hat (Feat. Marla Hansen)
06 John Quincy Adams: Death In The Speaker's Room
07 Andrew Jackson: Benevolence (Feat. Califone)
08 Martin Van Buren: The Little Magician (Feat. Tom Brosseau)
09 William Henry Harrison: So You Don't Have To
10 John Tyler: Hindsight Falls On Deaf Ears (Feat. Bill Callahan)
11 James Polk: The Other is Better / The Landscape to Transform (Feat. Monahans)
12 Zachary Taylor: Rough and Ready
13 Millard Fillmore: The Proof Is In The Pudding
14 Franklin Pierce: My Only Enemy Is Myself
01 James Buchanan: God Will Strike You Down (Feat. Marla Hansen)
02 Abraham Lincoln: Malice, Charity, And The Oath of God (Feat. James Jackson Toth)
03 Andrew Johnson: Was Ever Alone?
04 Ulysses S. Grant: Helicopters Above Oakland
05 Rutherford B. Hayes: The Beard of God
06 James Garfield: Seven Months
07 Chester Arthur: The Epitome of Dignity
08 Grover Cleveland: Bees And Honey
09 Benjamin Harrison: Kid Gloves Hands Surplus to Big Sugar
10 Grover Cleveland: Rubbermouth
11 William McKinley: Czolgosz's Dream (Feat. Magnolia Summer)
12 Theodore Roosevelt: The Sherman Act Does Not Care
13 William Howard Taft: There Was No Longer Use To Hide The Fact That It Was Gout (Feat. Marla Hansen)
14 Woodrow Wilson: A Life Among Men (Feat. Jamie Stuart of Xiu Xiu)
01 Warren Harding: An Army Of Pompous Phrases
02 Calvin Coolidge: On Silence (Feat. Radar Bros.)
03 Herbert Hoover: Woe Is A Spoon-Shaped Heart (Feat. Marla Hansen)
04 Franklin D. Roosevelt: Illuminating The Bright Lines
05 Harry S. Truman: Suits And Fine Trousers Vs. Hiroshima (Feat. Denison Witmer)
06 Dwight D. Eisenhower: When Ike Walked The Land (Feat. Alan Sparhawk & Mark Kozelek)
07 John F. Kennedy: There Is No Plan
08 Lyndon B. Johnson: Ladybird Take Me Home (Feat. Steve Dawson)
09 Richard Nixon: 2 Under Par Off The Coast of Africa (Feat. Tom Carter)
10 Gerald Ford: Now You See It, Now You Don't See It (Feat. Vince DiFiore)
11 Jimmy Carter: A Great Beam of Light (Feat. Rosie Thomas)
12 Ronald Reagan: Such A Marvelous Dream (Feat. Califone)
13 George H.W. Bush: It Was Foreshadowed Here: The Beginning of The End
14 William J. Clinton: The Mighty Lion Will Not Roar Again
15 George W. Bush: Though The Night
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