Moby is a very well-known DJ that is described by Billboard Magazine as an “electronic-dance trailblazer.” Perhaps borrowing some of that celebrity is why Moby said he was invited to play for Trump’s inauguration. An offer that was turned down flat, not surprising since he’s been a vocal critic; but left a sliver of hope. You see, if Trump releases his taxes then Moby would be willing to perform.
Here is Moby’s Instagram posting:
Hahahahaha, I was just asked by a booking agent if I would consider djing at one of the inaugural balls for #trump… Hahahahaha, wait, Hahahaha, really? I guess I’d DJ at an inaugural ball if as payment #trump released his tax returns. Also I would probably play public enemy and stockhausen remixes to entertain the republicans. I’m still laughing. Hahahaha. So #trump what do you think, I DJ for you and you release your tax returns?
This has got to be one of the best turn-downs yet, biting witty, and honest. There have been quite a few, actually. If you are a music fan, especially a protest music fan, what may have grabbed your attention is his comment about the kinds of music he would play there. That playlist wasn’t fleshed out, but on Billboard’s request Moby graced us with his epic, though imagined, Trump Inaugural Playlist.
There are 27 great songs on his playlist, so a complete video collection is a little daunting. So settle in and rock some freedom protest. All of these are actually videos, not a single “lyrics” or stagnant image in the bunch. Enjoy!
Fight the Power, Public Enemy:
Rage Against the Machine, Killing in the Name:
Neil Young, Live at Massey Hall, 1971:
Moby, The Void Pacific Choir, Erupt and Matter:
Greenday, American Idiot:
Bob Marley and the Wailers, Get Up, Stand Up:
The Sex Pistols, Anarchy in the UK (one bad word at the beginning):
Credence Clearwater Revival, Who’ll Stop The Rain:
Bob Dylan, Masters of War:
Buffalo Springfield, For What its Worth:
The word “epic” is overused, but this playlist is truly representative of many of the best groups and songs ever. Some not included here because of space are: Imagine, by John Lennon, Alright by Kendrick Lamar, Strange Fruit, by Billie Holliday, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised by Gil Scott, and Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2.
What songs would you choose to play at Trump’s inaugural festivities? Post ’em in the comments, let’s keep this awesomesauce flowing! We are entering into the new generation of protest music, and that is shaping up to be one of the few highlights of this incoming “administration.” Don’t ever let them tell you to get in line, support the corruption, and pretend this is normal.
Featured image: Composite from YouTube screenshots by Matthew Silvan