Monday, September 04, 2006

I was thinking of a theme tune...

On tuning in last night for my regular Sunday evening listen to Radio Galloway, I was surprised to hear his Georgeness asking for suggestions for a new theme song for his show: he may possibly be looking to replace the current theme, the entirely appropriate "Top Cat".

Anyway, I restrained myself from ringing in and suggesting the Syrian national anthem. But it got me to thinking about whether other prominent lefties (I use the term in the broadest sense, before anyone whinges) shouldn't have a theme song. So I took it upon myself to come up with some suggestions.

Yvonne "Party Gal" Ridley - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Cyndi Lauper - or Legs, ZZ Top

John Rees - I Wanna Be Elected, Alice Cooper - or To Win Just Once, The Saw Doctors

Lindsey German - Losing My Religion, REM

Sean Matgamna - Overload, Zappacosta

Peter Taaffe - Macarena, Los Del Rio (just because the picture it conjures is sooo funny)

The Spartacist League - Maniac in the Brainiac, Mack 10 and Ice Cube

The CPGB - Weirdo, The Charlatans

Oh, we could go on and on...

Perhaps a few suggestions for the blog types as well?

Stroppy and Louise - Sin Wagon, The Dixie Chicks

Mike - The Theme from Inspector Morse

Janine - Children of the Revolution, Kirsty MacColl

Osler - Teenage Kicks, The Undertones

Broder - also Teenage Kicks, The Undertones

And for mi compadre, the one and only Denham? It has to be Red Ingle's classic version of Cigarettes, Whusky and Wild, Wild Women - or else of course anything by John Coltrane!

Any further suggestions welcome; the comments box is all yours.


Anonymous Bruce said...

If GG is 'Top Cat', does that make John Rees 'Benny'?

2:08 AM  
Blogger voltaires_priest said...

Or Muttley to George's Dastardly.

2:27 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

Among my proudest boasts ... I have the original very rare indie label pressing of Teenage Kicks. Only 500 copies. Not quite worth as much as my EMI copy of Anarchy in the UK, tho ...

3:16 AM  
Blogger Louisefeminista said...

Dixie Chicks is fine with Moi but dunno what the Stroppy One will think.

I was thinking John Rees is more "Brains" from Top Cat. He aint beaknit Chew Chew.

Nah, what about "Pinky and the Brain"? Brain wants to "take over the world" so could be either Rees or Galloway.

3:21 AM  
Blogger Darren said...


I know a couple of SPGBer's who also have that rare copy of 'Teenage Kicks' (one of them having the best record collection for the Peel generation that I have ever seen in my life. Think Hornby's High Fidelity, then multiply it by a hundred).

With regards to song titles:
Bjork's 'It's oh so quiet' (the SWP during the down turn.)
Carly Simon's 'You're So Vain' (George Galloway)
The Smiths 'That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore' (Mark Thomas)
Kingmaker 'Armchair Anarchist' (Youth Wing of Workers' Power)
Regina Spektor's 'Poor Little Rich Boy' (Youth Wing of the CPGB-Weekly Worker)
Thomas Dolby 'Hyperactive' (Youth Wing of the Millies)
U2 'I Will Follow' (Youth Wing of the SWP)
The Beatles 'When I'm 64' (Youth Wing of the CPB)
Bow Wow Wow's 'Go Wild in the Country (The scamps from the Scottish Socialist Youth)
The Cure's 'Three Imaginary Boys' (The International Bolshevik Tendency)
New Order's 'Bizarre Love Triangle' (Sheridan, the CWI and the SWP)
Radiohead's 'Paranoid Android' (Ian Donovan)
Pet Shop Boys' 'Being Boring' (Forty years of the Grant/Taafite press)
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions 'Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken?' (Sheridan's Vanity Project)
The Clash's 'Remote Control' (The London Offices of the CWI and the SWP, and their Scottish sections.)
Sonic Youth's 'Self Obsessed and Sexee' (Tommy Sheridan)
Stevie Wonder's 'Mr Know It All' (Sean Whatshisnamethisweek?)
Badly Drawn Boy 'Pissing in the Wind' (SPGB - and a few hundred other suggested titles in an old post here

I think I'll stop now

5:36 AM  
Anonymous jules said...

LOL, I don't think anyones gonna top that...

6:05 AM  
Anonymous jules said...

The Ian Donovan reference is cruel, but very funny.

6:15 AM  
Blogger darren redstar said...

surely broders should be cows with guns??

6:32 AM  
Blogger stroppybird said...


Sin Wagon is ok, but I want 'Girls juts wanna have fun ' as the stroppyblog theme tune ;-)

Oh and "You're so vain" could also be Oslers. Never know a man spend so long looking at himself in the mirror. I could add more but I think for once I ought to say no more ...

11:50 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

'Ang on a sec ... isn't Teenage Kicks actually a hymn to the joys of ... there is no nice way to put this ... adolescent masturbation?

Are you trying to tell me something, Volty?

1:09 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

'Ang on a sec ... isn't Teenage Kicks actually a hymn to the joys of ... there is no nice way to put this ... adolescent masturbation?

Are you trying to tell me something, Volty?

1:09 PM  
Blogger voltaires_priest said...

LOL, no Dave, 'twas the punk reference that sprang to mind.

C'mon, whaddya want? Denham got "whusky and wild women" remember! :D:D:D

1:54 PM  
Blogger voltaires_priest said...


Dude, you've devoted far too much time to the subject of SPGB theme tunes... ;-)

2:05 PM  
Blogger stroppybird said...


Looks like there might be an inugural meeting of the stroppyblog/decadent tendency after the Time to Go demo .

You up for drinks ?

4:07 AM  
Blogger voltaires_priest said...

Yes indeed! Email me the details!

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Janine said...

How about a theme tune for Andrew Adonis? 'If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next'

And I'd suggest to Galloway that he re-reocrd 'Unbelievable' as 'Indefatigable'. Go on, sing it in your head - it sounds great.

2:56 PM  
Blogger stroppybird said...


Bruce, whoever he is ?, is looking for a suitably down market pub. When we have details we will do a post and see who is up for it. No puritans though :-)

2:54 PM  

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