May Day Jukebox and Open Thread

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Jaybird

Jaybird is Birdmojo on Xbox Live and Jaybirdmojo on Playstation's network. He's been playing consoles since the Atari 2600 and it was Zork that taught him how to touch-type. If you've got a song for Wednesday, a commercial for Saturday, a recommendation for Tuesday, an essay for Monday, or, heck, just a handful a questions, fire off an email to AskJaybird-at-gmail.com

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  1. Avatar Jaybird
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    A request to make me feel old: How many of you have never heard this song before?Report

    • Avatar NewDealer in reply to Jaybird
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      I am 32 and now this song. I’ve seen documentaries on it. I’ve used it theaterical productions (SLAVS by Tony Kushner), etc. I even know the Red Flag/

      Though I suspect many people in my generation do not know this song.Report

  2. Avatar Burt Likko
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    It’s a fine anthem, but you’ll excuse me if I can’t exactly endorse it.Report

  3. Avatar Mike Schilling
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    You might recall that the original anthem of the animals in Animal Farm was Beasts of England, whose tune is described as “sounding like a combination of ‘La Cucaracha’ and ‘Oh My Darling, Clementine'”. That’s Orwell making fun of the Internationale.

    Of course, it dates from the benighted days before we all realized that freedom means the freedom to burn to death in a sweatshop. We were so young!Report

    • Avatar NewDealer in reply to Mike Schilling
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      It is easy to make fun of the pompous Stalinist version form the 1930s but it was originally composed by one of the fighters for the Paris Commune in the 1870s. We can make fun of it now but to millions of worker’s in the days of Lochner it was a uniting song and a promise of a better life. Plus it was sung more up-tempo like the Read Flag.Report

  4. Avatar Mad Rocket Scientist
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    Ooooh, open thread! Here’s a fun article to read:

    Ten Responses to the Technological Unemployment ProblemReport

  5. Avatar Michael Cain
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    It’s been a bit of a depressing May Day, sitting here watching the snow accumulate outside my office window. Music simply hasn’t helped.Report

  6. Avatar Michelle
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    I just had to email a link to this post to my husband to remind him of the good old days, back in the former USSR. I’m sure he must have known it by heart at one time, albeit in Russian not French.Report

  7. Avatar Kolohe
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    The Internationale is just a terrible song, musically.

    Now the Soviet national anthem? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SF4KiLKZ8s0

    That’s a song.Report

  8. Avatar John Wiser
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    Proposed far-right anthem: “Everything I Know is Wrong.”Report

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