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Before voting begins, please allow me to plead my case as to why you should include Living Color's "Cult of Personality" in your top ten.

First of all, it rocks face. Hard.

Second of all, it is just as relevant today, almost 20 years after it was recorded. Style over substance and bad leadership over good leadership will unfortunately never go out of fashion.

Here's a blurb from the Almighty Wikipedia:

"Cult of Personality" is a song by the New York City band Living Colour. The track appeared on the band's debut album Vivid and won the first-ever Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1989. The music video earned two MTV Video Music Awards for Best Group Video and Best New Artist.

And here's a blurb from the Almighty Songfacts:

"This song opens and closes with famous quotes:

"And in the few moments we have left, we want to talk right down to earth in a language that everybody here can easily understand."

This is Malcolm X, from his "Message To The Grass-Roots" speech in 1963. The point of it was to unify African-Americans.

The ending quotes start with John F. Kennedy's famous "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." This is from his inaugural address in 1961.

The significance of the quotes is that both were from men who were assassinated. Most of the song seems to be denouncing idolatry, but there is the one stanza containing the line, "A leader speaks, a leader dies." They also seem to make no distinction between "good" and "evil," as each time they mention a "hero" they pair them with an "enemy" - Mussolini and Kennedy, and Stalin and Gandhi.

The final words are "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself," a quote from Franklin D. Roosevelt's first inaugural address on March 4, 1933. Roosevelt used the address to announce his "New Deal" program and encourage the citizens of the United States to overcome their economic problems as they emerged from the depression."

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Ain't Got No Home - Clarence "Frogman" Henry (1956)

Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino (1956)

Brother Louie - Stories (1973)

Calling All Angels - Jane Siberry and kd lang (1991)

Can I Kick It? - A Tribe Called Quest (1991)

Caught With Your Pants Down - AC/DC (1995)

Circle Game, The - Joni Mitchell (1970)

Come Monday - Jimmy Buffett (1974)

Cracked Actor - David Bowie (1973)

Cult Of Personality - Living Color (1988)

Dangerous Type - The Cars (1978)

Everything Falls Apart - Dog's Eye View (1995)

Family Tradition - Hank Williams Jr. (1979)

From the Bottom Of My Heart - The Moody Blues (1965)

Future Games - Fleetwood Mac (1971)

Hair Of The Dog - Nazareth (1975)

Her Eyes - Pat Monahan (2007)

Hi-Ho Silver Lining - Jeff Beck (1967)

How's It Going To Be - Third Eye Blind (1998)

If I Had $1,000,000 - Barenaked Ladies (1992)

If You Want Me To Stay - Red Hot Chili Peppers (1985)

I Love Myself Today - Bif Naked (2001)

I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know - Blood Sweat & Tears (1968)

I Will Follow Him - Little Peggy March (1963)

I Will Survive - Cake (1996)

I'm My Own Grandpa - Gogolala Jubilee Jugband (The Muppet Show)(1986)

Jailbreak - AC/DC (1976)

Lava - The B-52's (1979)

Map of the Problematique - Muse (2007)

Mind Bender - Stillwater (1977)

Morning Has Broken - Cat Stevens (1971)

Ol' 55 - Tom Waits (1973)

Olsen Olsen - Sigur Ros (1999)

One In A Million - Guns N' Roses (1988)

Only One I Know, The - The Charlatans (1990)

Pushin' Too Hard - The Seeds (1966)

Roll On Down The Highway - Bachman Turner Overdrive (1974)

Rudi, A Message To You - The Specials (1979)

See The Sky About To Rain - Neil Young (1974)

Seven & Seven Is - Love (1967)

Stack Shot Billy - The Black Keys (2004)

Stake, The - The Steve Miller Band (1977)

Steady As She Goes - The Raconteurs (2006)

Train To Nowhere - Savoy Brown (1970)

Unguarded Moment, The - The Church (1981)

Unpretty - TLC (1999)

We Are One - Angelique Kidjo (1998)

Wer Bisto - Twarres (2001)

Woodstock - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (1970)

Word Up! - Gun (1994)

Working Class Hero - John Lennon (1970)

Writing To Reach You - Travis (1999)

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Precisely Martin. Travis makes some of the most entertaining videos I've seen. Normally I don't "campaign" for things around here, but I will campaign for Travis.

1~Writing To Reach You-TRAVIS

2~Pushin’ Too Hard-The Seeds

3~Steady as She Goes-The Raconteurs

4~Cracked Actor-David Bowie

5~Stack Shot Billy-The Black Keys :rockon:

6~Hair Of The Dog-Nazareth

7~I Love Myself Today-Bif Naked

8~Cult Of Personality-Living Color*

9~Family Tradition-Hank Williams Jr

10~Working Class Hero-John Lennon

* How I ignore the plea of some one with such an enormous rack who spoke so eloquently of her nomination?

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1. Come Monday - Jimmy Buffett (1974)

2. Woodstock - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Mr. Neil Young (1970)

3. Roll On Down The Highway - Bachman Turner Overdrive (1974)

4. I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know - Blood Sweat & Tears (1968)

5. Hair Of The Dog - Nazareth (1975)

6. Working Class Hero - John Lennon (1970)

7. See The Sky About To Rain - Mr. Neil Young (1974)

8. Brother Louie - Stories (1973)

9. Pushin' Too Hard - The Seeds (1966)

10 I'm My Own Grandpa - Gogolala Jubilee Jugband (The Muppet Show)(1986)

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1. Jailbreak ~ AC/DC (1976)

2. I Love Myself Today ~ Bif Naked (2001)

3. Hair Of The Dog ~ Nazareth (1975)

4. See The Sky About To Rain ~ Mr. Neil Young (1974)

5. Cult Of Personality ~ Living Color (1988)

6. Caught With Your Pants Down ~ AC/DC (1995)

7. Future Games ~ Fleetwood Mac (1971)

8. Woodstock ~ Crosby, Stills, Nash & Mr. Young (1970)

9. Roll On Down The Highway ~ Bachman Turner Overdrive (1974)

10. Family Tradition ~ Hank Williams Jr. (1979)

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1. One In A Million - Guns N' Roses (I was wrong about "Black Betty". THIS song is the most politically incorrect tune ever written!)

2. If I Had $1,000,000 - Barenaked Ladies (The Ladies at their nakedest. This song was also used heavily in ads for the New York Lottery. Very funny and very cool.)

3. Dangerous Type - Cars (How this awesome tune hasn't yet made it into the Top Ten is beyond me...especially with Edna nominating it every three weeks or so.)

4. Jailbreak - AC/DC (Three words....BON F***ING SCOTT!!)

5. Brother Louie - Stories (Not quite Guns N' Roses, but still quite politically incorrect by today's standards,)

6. Roll On Down The Highway - Bachman-Turner Overdrive (My favorite BTO tune...probably because it's the one that's NOT played four times a day on your average rock station. And the guitar riff's pretty wicked, too!)

7. Everything Falls Apart - Dog's Eye View (One of my favorite one-hit wonders. They're not Better Than Ezra, but it's a good tune.)

8. Cracked Actor - Davie Bowie ("Smack, baby, smack, is that all that you feel?")

9. Hair Of The Dog - Nazareth (Y'all know who you're messing with here; no need for me to repeat it.)

10. Rudi, A Message to You - The Specials (One of the great bands of the classic MTV era, second only to Madness.)

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1. "Working Class Hero"- John Lennon

2. "Jailbreak"- AC/DC

3. "Can I Kick It?"- A Tribe Called Quest

4. "Steady As She Goes"- The Raconteurs

5. "If I Had A Million Dollars"- Barenaked Ladies

6. "Cult of Personality"- Living Color

7. "Map of the Problematique"- Muse

8. "See The Sky About To Rain"- Neil Young

9. "Come Monday"- Jimmy Buffett

10. "Seven and Seven Is"- Love

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1. Roll On Down The Highway - BTO One of my favourite highway driving songs.

2. Hair Of The Dog - Nazareth One of the first(if not the first)uses of an electrified bagpipe in rock music.

3. Circle Game - One of Joni's most beautiful folk songs.

4. Brother Louie - Stories

5. Come Monday - Jimmy Buffett I just love Jimmy's laid back style.

6. Morning Has Broken - Cat Stevens I'm not a big fan of Cat's, but this song evokes many happy memories.

7. Woodstock - CSNY This isn't my favourite version of Joni's song, but I like it, nonetheless.

8. Future Games - Fleetwood Mac A great tune by the Bob Welch led version of the band.

9. Cult Of Personality - Living Colour I wasn't familiar with this song, but Peaches' heartfelt plea on it's behalf made me listen to it and I'm glad I did. It rocks.

10. Working Class Hero - John Lennon A poignant tune by Johnny boy.

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1.I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know - Blood Sweat & Tears

2.Come Monday - Jimmy Buffett

3.Woodstock - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

4.Family Tradition - Hank Williams Jr.

5.Working Class Hero - John Lennon

6.Circle Game, The - Joni Mitchell

7. Stake, The - The Steve Miller Band

8.Morning Has Broken - Cat Stevens

9. Dangerous Type - The Cars

10.Train To Nowhere - Savoy Brown

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I guess my love for her rack and her manner of speech get me no love at all from the woman herself :mad:

Mere words cannot express the deep, deep sadness I feel at knowing that I have possibly offended my queen. My rack and I throw ourselves at your beautifully pedicured feet to beg for your divine forgiveness.

I present a dirty boy and bacon mints to you as a peace offering:

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1. Mind Bender - Stillwater (1977)

2. I Will Follow Him - Little Peggy March (1963)

3. Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino (1956)

4. Hair Of The Dog - Nazareth (1975)

5. Pushin' Too Hard - The Seeds (1966)

6. Circle Game, The - Joni Mitchell (1970)

7. Brother Louie - Stories (1973)

8. Morning Has Broken - Cat Stevens (1971)

9. Family Tradition - Hank Williams Jr. (1979)

10. Jailbreak - AC/DC (1976)

This almost never happens.... I came very close to not even having 10 songs! :P

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