Music to Storm the Bastille By – Deux
July 14, 2011 in Audiosmoker
Two hundred and twenty two years ago, a crazy group of Révolutionnaires, led by the Three Musketeers, slipped up to the front of the Bastille, overpowered the guards, and blew the hinges off of the big wooden door with a pound of plastique that they acquired in exchange for six Louis, a day old baguette, and either a wheel of camembert or brie (depending on which account you subscribe to). Among those freed were political prisoners, religious leaders, probably a few pedophiles (because I can’t believe that modern U.S. Catholic priests were the only religious leaders to abuse children), and those who were incarcerated for printing and writing pamphlets.
Because Wordsmoker is a site of writers, on July 14th we pay homage to those dead champions of liberty by rocking the fucking roof off. This is where we strike a musical blow for Free Speech, which is only ever truly guaranteed by those who would rather die than be silenced.
The Rolling Stones/Street Fighting Man
Hey! said my name is called disturbance
Ill shout and scream, I’ll kill the king, I’ll rail at all his servants
(Wordsmoker does not advocate regicide—particularly in countries where the monarchs hold no real power.)
PinkFloyd/Another Brick in the Wall – Part 2
If you don’t eat yer meat, you can’t have any pudding. How can you
have any pudding if you don’t eat yer meat?
(Umm . . . what? Whatever, it sounds rebellious as hell.)
The Ramones/Havana Affair
PT-boat on the way to Havana
I used to make a living, man
Pickin’ the banana.
Now I’m a guide for the CIA
Hooray for the USA!
(Can’t you just hear the Bay of Pigs sizzling in the skillet?)
“But they’re marching to Bastille Day
La guillotine will claim her bloody prize
Free the dungeons of the innocent
The king will kneel and let his kingdom rise”
(This was an omission on last year’s list that was corrected by Nefarious Newt. Pretty apt.)
The Who/We Won’t Get Fooled Again
“I tip my hat to the new constitution,
Take a bow for the new revolution,”
(In with the Stones and out with The Who. What the fuck was everyone so worked up about in the late sixties and early seventies? I was like five.)
We don’t mind a little reposting. Click here to see last year’s nominations. If you see one you like, you can repost it in the comments, but try to come up with your own too. When in doubt ask yourself WWMRD? (What Would Maximilien Robespierre Do?)