A week’s worth of Philadelphia news can be difficult to remember. And it can be so devoid of flavor, of life, of … music! At Billy Penn, we’ll help you recall the stories worth knowing by making a nifty soundtrack you can jam to. Here are the songs that best represented Philadelphia this week (Spotify playlist at the bottom).
“Hungry Like The Wolf,” Duran Duran
Pennsylvania has a new governor. Tom Wolf dominated Tom Corbett in the Tommening, winning nearly 55 percent of the vote. You might know little about him except that he likes to drive a Jeep, so check out our guide to Tom Wolf.
“Got Your Money,” Ol’ Dirty Bastard
On his way to victory, the Wolfman pissed off Philly Democrats by not contributing traditional street money, even though he earned about $30 million in donations and is so wealthy he’s not even accepting the governor’s salary. But it was all right. The Philly Dems got plenty of street money, $280,000, no thanks to Tommy.
“It’s Not Unusual,” Tom Jones
Rough week for Tom Corbett. He lost the election – two minutes after the polls closed, before any precincts had reported – got sued and has been saying/doing some really silly things since Tuesday night. At least he didn’t lose in his own neighborhood. Just remember Corby, it’s not unusual to feel down or cry at anytime (buuuuut, it is a little unusual, in fact unprecedented, to lose as historically as you did).
“All By Myself,” Eric Carmen
Mayor Michael Nutter may not have gotten voted out of office, but his week hasn’t exactly come up roses, either. Coming off the City Council’s slap in his face of not approving his sale of Philadelphia Gas Works, he got booed by Philadelphians in front of Barack Obama. Is Nutter’s future going to be a lonely one?
“99 Luftballoons,” Nena
Yay, the Zoo Balloon is coming back! Forget you, polar vortex.
“It’s About Time,” Young the Giant
So, Philadelphia has a guy named Anthony Clark who is in charge of the city’s election board. For the last five elections, he didn’t even vote! But he finally did on Tuesday. Good job, good effort, Anthony.
“My Little Girl,” Tim McGraw
Really endearing, beautiful, familial story out of Queen Village last weekend: A mummer and his daughter were charged with beating up and shooting a homeless guy together.
“We Are Young,” Fun. feat. Janelle Monae
Cheers to these young people. On Monday night, members of Young Involved Philly cold-called Philly millennials throughout Center City to get out the vote – not for a particular candidate but for anyone. Related: Check out our first “Who’s Next” list, featuring some of the top Philly-area young people in politics.
“Hustle Hard,” Ace Hood feat. Lil’ Wayne, Rick Ross and Frisco
Nobody knows how to party like these rebellious Penn bros peeing on a wall. Take that, system! And keep hustlin,’ fellas!
“Safe and Sound,” Capital Cities
Carlesha Freeland-Gaither is found safe and her alleged abductor is in police custody. Thank goodness.