As you will no doubt recall, last week we posed the question, “Who’s going to compose the first great Bailout Rock anthem?” Well, aside from Prince and country-music star John Rich, it turns out there is a whole slew of other musicians also striving to become this generation’s Woody Guthrie. We just came across a Washington Post piece on what they describe as the “rapidly expanding recession-music playlist” (you don’t have to say it, we know that “Bailout Rock” has a better ring to it). It turns out that artists as diverse as Neil Young, Young Jeezy, and rapper Rugged N Raw* are also using the power of music to address the recession-related hardships our nation is currently facing. However, until one of them is able to one-up recent NYT subject John Rich by convincing someone cooler than Mickey Rourke to appear in their music video, we find it impossible to make a case that the championship belt belongs to anything other than “Shuttin’ Detroit Down” (when it drops, we fully expect it to singlehandedly save the economy).
*In a hilarious twist, Rugged N Raw makes it rain in his video for “I’m Broke and Proud” not with hundred dollar bills, but with coupons for the grocery store.