10 7 Greatest Songs Concerning Walls, Berlin and Rayguns
TEAR DOWN THESE WALLS Frank Zappa said it best when he described politics as the entertainment division of the military industrial complex.(psst .... that's not exactly how he said it but we'll leave it at that.) Ronald Reagan's Oscar worthy performance as the President of the United States featured so many amazing scenes and this was one of the most memorable as he stood at the Berlin Wall in Germany and prodded the leader of the Soviet Union, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." Walls, Ronald Reagan and the City of Berlin have been a reoccurring theme throughout the history of modern music and here are the best of the best.
Anais Mitchell - Why We Build The Wall She grew up on the outskirts of Vermont's capitol city. In 2010 she cut her folk-opera Hadestown for our friends at Righteous Babe.
Sex Pistols - Holiday In The Sun The idea of Johnny Rotten peeking over the Berlin Wall makes for a Kilroy was here kind of moment. They were looking back.
Faron Young - Hello Walls This Willie Nelson penned ditty launched Willie as a songwriter and Faron to his only trip to the Top 40 straddling the pop and country charts in 1961.
The Delgados - Pull The Wires From The Wall 1998 Scottish Chamber Pop from the town of Motherwell. They formed the highly influential Chemikal Underground label. Singer Emma Pollock makes great music as a solo artist.
Japan - Suburban Berlin They plugged the gap between Roxy Music and Duran Duran. This gem is from the 1978 masterwork Obscure Alternatives.
Lou Reed, John Cale, Nico - Berlin Recorded for French television on January 29, 1972 in Paris, France.
The Ramones - Bonzo Goes To Bitzburg" From Blondie's Chris Stein hosted for the short-lived Andy Warhol's 15 Minutes