[Money, Class, and Power] -- After a year like 2020, in which we saw a global pandemic pound the US economy -- but not the stock market -- like few things ever have, no other financial news should shock me, right? But January 2021 keeps things rolling with a group of s***posters screwing Wall Street's big boys at their own ludicrous game. So, in honor of r/WallStreetBets gaming GameStop's stock, and in recognition of the ever-widening gap between the haves and the have-nots, I've compiled six songs about money, class, and power. Why twice as many songs as my usual Flashback post? Well, there are two reasons. First, I decided to let each tune speak for itself as opposed to me writing something pithy to justify its inclusion. Second, I couldn't trim the options down any further (I started with nearly 12 tracks). So, what made the cut in this week's double length playlist? Read and hear more after the jump!
Flashback #1: "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)" by Pet Shop Boys (1986)
I can program a computer
Choose the perfect time
If you've got the inclination
I have got the crime
Flashback #2: "The Big Money" by Rush (1985)
It's the power and the glory
It's a war in paradise
A Cinderella story
On a tumble of the dice
Flashback #3: "Mansion On the Hill" by Bruce Springsteen (1982)
There's a place out on the edge of town, sir
Rising above the factories and the fields
Now ever since I 'as a child I can remember
That mansion on the hill
Flashback #4: "Industrial Disease" by Dire Straits (1982)
Yeah, now the work force is disgusted, downs tools, walks
Innocence is injured, experience just talks
Everyone seeks damages, everyone agrees that
These are classic symptoms of a monetary squeeze
Flashback #5: "Vulture Culture" by The Alan Parsons Project (1984)
You heard a lot about an easy street
And it seems like the place to be
You heard some talk about a slippery slope
But you think "it can't happen to me"
Flashback #6: "She Works Hard for the Money" by Donna Summer (1983)
Never sell out
She never will
Not for a dollar bill
She works hard
That's all till next week. Dedicated 80s-philes can find more flashbacks in the Prophet or Madman archives or via Bookended's 80s Flashback tag. As always, your comments are welcome on today's, or any other, flashback post. And if you like what I'm doing here, please share the link with your friends. If, however, you don't like the flashback, feel free to share it with your enemies.
I'll see you in seven!