B-B-B-Baby, Ignatieff needs a theme song

And we’re taking suggestions


090402_iggyHow disappointing to read that Michael Ignatieff entered the hall at his fund raiser in Toronto yesterday to the stammering vocals and familiar chunky guitar riffs of “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.”

It’s not that I have anything against the BTO hit, or that I suspect Liberals might be courting bad luck by using what was, in fact, one of Al Gore’s 2000 campaign songs, or even that the line at the end of the chorus (“B-B-B-Baby, you know, you know, you know, you just ain’t seen nothin’ yet/ You need an education, got to go to school”) might tend to confirm suspicions that Ignatieff is an academic elitist.

No, my objection is that the song is just too mundane a choice for the man entering the room. Surely a guy with Ignatieff’s lineage and aura needs a theme song less quotidian than a boomer radio staple, albeit one with a special place in the hearts of Canadians of a certain vintage (pace, Randy).

I’m not sure what to propose, though. Colleague Wells mentions Tchaikovsky’s “March of the Toy Soldiers” from The Nutcracker. I’m not sure if Paul means to indicate the Russian side of Ignatieff’s heritage or perhaps a toy-soldierly quality he perceives about the Liberal ranks.

The sad news of the death of movie music composer Maurice Jarre this week has me thinking about his evocative melodies, so if we must have a Russian-flavoured theme for Ignatieff, why not something from Jarre’s beloved Academy Award-winning Doctor Zhivago soundtrack?

Not “Lara’s Theme”—too weddingy. Maybe the rousing “Lara and Komarovsky Dancing up a Storm.” Definitely not the track entitled “After Deserters Killed the Colonel.” Too many bad Liberal memories.

Better suggestions?


B-B-B-Baby, Ignatieff needs a theme song

  1. I am not sure you have to remember that according to the Igster he is descended from the Great Russians rather than the lowly serf and cossack type so I think a little more creativity is required. Might I suggest in keeping with the LPC message of late – (1) Joni Mitchell : Big Yellow Taxi – paving paradise fits nicely into the energy paltform – or – (2) any song by Stompin Tom after all Iggy keeps trying to connect to his rural roots and you can never go wrong with Tom – or – (3) Guess Who – No Sugar : after all anyone who reads Tolstoy to his wife at bed time aint be getting much unless followed by a hurry up and get it over with instruction.

    • And here you have ‘Canadian Content” – along with ignorant comments. I’d rather go international and do without that mindset.

    • Not nice – Ignatieff’s wife has eyesight problems – you think that’s funny? Sicko

      Perhaps you should stop reading My Pet Goat and get some culcha

    • oh yeah! Stompin Tom!

  2. The way he is going – probably Queen’s “Another one bites the dust” might be appropos

    • ur not superman

  3. As a serious suggestion, I always thought REM’s I Am Superman would be good, particularly the chorus:

    I am, I am, I am superman
    And I know what’s happening.
    I am, I am, I am superman
    And I can do anything.

    But for us more feverish cons, Dead Kennedys’ California Uber Alles is appropriate for just about any pol these days.

    • Dead Kennedy’s = oooh that is just so wrong it morphs into humour – very droll as they say JWL :)

  4. Poor pick, I think. Pick something that reflects the times, and his values, and the message.

    My personal pick would be from the 60s, which seem to be coming at us again (perhaps too American?); It has a terrific rhythm, it’s anthemic – it’s all-inclusive, and it’s eloquent – amazing song. It’s a call to people to get out there and make a difference . . .by Sly and the Family Stone.

    Of course Sly’s music was the best of the best – it doesn’t get any better than this.

    In the end you’ll still be you
    One that’s done all the things
    you set out to do

    There’s a cross for you to bear
    Things to go through if you’re going anywhere
    For the things you know are right
    It s the truth that the truth makes them so uptight

    Or this jewel of a song about equality . . . same artist. Funky and catchy.

    “Sometimes I’m right, but I can be wrong
    My own beliefs are in my song.
    The butcher, the banker, the drummer, and then
    Makes no difference what group I’m in.

    I ……. am everyday people!!

    There is a blue one who can’t accept the green one
    For living with a fat one trying to be a skinny one
    And different strokes for different folks
    And so on and so on and scooby dooby doo-bee

    • ooo yeah! love sly and the family stone!

  5. I have to admit a graceful Jarre overture would be nice -> the quality of “Laurence of Arabia” … that kind of piece sets the tone and frames every thing that follows in a tremendous way.

    I think the BTO classic was a good fit for that Toronto crowd last night, given the demographic in attendance, seems like it worked.

    Remember, for those of you commenting and playing the song game, *
    *Canadian content is gets bonus points.


    • There are no rules. Music is universal. :)

  6. Too Bad by Doug and the Slugs?

    Though, I like the idea of No Sugar.

  7. David Watts by The jam.

  8. Jack Bruce ….. Can You Follow ?

  9. Isn’t Dr. Zhivago about a man leaving his wife for another woman? This might be a little to reminiscent of Iggy’s biography.

  10. The chicken dance music.

    • Or Zappa’s “my guitar wants to kill your mama”. It has absolutely nothing to do with Iggy. I’d just like to hear it instead of listen to liberal prattle.

    • Hey it’s not Canadian, but it does have snow and it is so-o-o foxy.

    • Excellent!!!

  11. My personal preference for a theme song is that Russian ditty from “Tetris”.

    • Star wars Imperial March

      • Even better.

      • that’s Harpers

    • those are great! nothing like being lampooned forever . .

  12. Okay, I know the media are having their troubles these days, but this is an article? No wonder the media are in trouble.

    Oh, for those moaning about Iggy’s ancestry – other than our natives – every Canadian has a foreign ancestry. Duh

    • 4 shizzle.

  13. Bachman-Turner Overdrive if necessary, but not necessarily Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

  14. …and then there’s that little ditty that we all go by called “Oh Canada” in which we all sing “we stand on guard for thee”

  15. How about “The Monster Mash?” or the jingle from the Pepto Bismal commercial, cause the Count always looks liek he is constepated.

  16. I’m still laughing from This Hour suggesting “Getting (J)Iggy with it” by Will Smith

  17. Rush: Freewill…or even Working Man (sorry – too Jack Layton).

  18. Play “my girl” by the temptations but instead of my girl, let it be michael.

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