Presidents’ Day weekend is a timeless occasion to celebrate everything we love about our commanders-in-chief: cherry trees, adulteries, and groups of threes. Here’s a president-themed playlist freshly plucked from the dusty FM music room:
Devo: “Whip It”
Contrary to popular belief, “Whip It” is not about S&M: it’s about Jimmy Carter’s foreign policy. “We were thinking the song was kind of a Dale Carnegie, ‘You can do it, Mr. President!’ pull it together type of song.” Alright, fellas, ‘go win friends and influence people.’
Young Jeezy ft. Nas: “My President iz Black”
FM didn’t really understand this one, but we have complete faith in Jeezy le Jeune that, uh, this’ll be the realest shit we ever quote.
James Brown: “Funky President (People It’s Bad)”
The godfather of funk celebrated Gerald Ford’s inauguration with this strange collection of inspiring messages. Brown also seems quite sure that he needs to be both governor and mayor, but we won’t hold it against him.
The Presidents of the United States of America: “My Date with the President’s Daughter”
Back off, boys. Malia Ann is way out of your league. Cute Disney flick, though.
Mr. President: “Coco Jamboo”
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