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Songs About America

Join Jim and Greg for the ultimate Independence Day celebration. They'll play their favorite Songs About America and hear some of your picks.

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First up in the news this week is the federal court ruling against RMG Technologies. Ticketmaster accused the software company of selling software that floods their web site, preventing other customers from securing tickets. A judge ordered RMG to pay the ticketing giants $18 million dollars and banned them from further activity, but Jim and Greg are sure that there's another software designer just waiting in the wings to pick up with the“scalping”where RMG left off.

Guns ‘N’ Roses fans haven't heard a peep since 1991's Use Your Illusion II, but now parts of the highly anticipated new album Chinese Democracy have leaked. But, Axl Rose doesn't seem so happy about it. His label not only ordered the leaker to cease and desist, but he worked with the F.B.I. to seek him out and question him. That leaker, known as Skwerl, describes the agents as Mulder and Scully types, and Jim and Greg wonder why they don't have anything better to do. They think Axl would be better off spending less time and money on alienating listeners and more on making music.

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Songs About America

Sound Opinions celebrates Independence Day this week with Jim and Greg's favorite Songs about America. These are great rock songs that capture our country's spirit — the good, the bad and the ugly.

Featured Songs

  1. Cheap Trick, Ballad of T.V. Violence, Cheap Trick, Epic, 1977
  2. Miley Cyrus, 7 Things, Breakout, Hollywood, 2008
  3. Guns ‘N’ Roses, Chinese Democracy, Chinese Democracy, Interscope, 2008
  4. Devo, (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, Warner Bros., 1978
  5. Jimi Hendrix, Star Spangled Banner, Woodstock I, n/a, 1970
  6. Bob Marley, Buffalo Soldier, Confrontation, Island, 1983
  7. Chuck Berry, Promised Land, Reelin‘ & Rockin’, n/a, 1959
  8. Blur, Magic America, Parklife, Food, 1994
  9. Woody Guthrie, This Land is Your Land, This Land is Your Land, n/a, 1967
  10. MC-5, Back in the USA, Back in the USA, Atlantic, 1970
  11. Sam Cooke, A Change is Gonna Come, Ain't That Good News, RCA, 1964
  12. Simon & Garfunkel, America, Bookends, Columbia, 1968
  13. Drive-by-Truckers, Sink Hole, Decoration Day, New West, 2003
  14. The Talking Heads, The Big Country, More Songs About Buildings and Food, Sire, 1978
  15. Neil Diamond, America, The Jazz Singer, Capitol, 1980
  16. James Brown, Living in America, Rocky IV, Scotti Brothers, 1985
  17. Randy Newman, Sail Away, Sail Away, Reprise, 1972
  18. Robyn Hitchcock, America, Gotta Let This Hen Out!, Relativity, 1985
  19. Public Enemy, Fight the Power, Do The Right Thing, Motown, 1988
  20. Estelle, American Boy, Shine, Homeschool, 2008
  21. Rhymefest, Thriller Skit" and "Get Up, Man in the Mirror, self-released, 2008
  22. Lupe Fiasco, Kick Push, Food and Liquor, Atlantic, 2006

Footnotes

ticketmaster.com Ticketmaster chicagotribune.com Greg on Ticketmaster CEO's talk at SXSW gunsnroses.com Guns N Roses fbi.gov FBI antiquiet.com Skwerl releases GNR tracks on antiquiet allmusic.com“Buffalo Soldier” allmusic.com“Back in the USA” youtube.com Chuck Berry performs“Promised Land”live allmusic.com“A Change is Gonna Come” salon.com Salon remembers“Fight the Power” youtube.com Simon & Garfunkel perform“America”live last.fm“Sink Hole”