FEAR & LOATHING IN 2016

Despite Mojo20 being based in the UK, the TV and social media coverage of the US presidential race has been compelling viewing. Compelling, but at times scary, as the two top candidates have time and time again, squabbled and name called, accused and made fun, in an effort to become the face that runs the place. A despicable and vile Donald Trump has provided us with laughs and jaw-dropping moments while he projects his views on foreign policy, females in general and his opposition, then we have Hilary Clinton who appears to be nothing more than the lesser of two evils. It’s been embarrassing, confusing and turned into the most important reality TV show of all time.

Throughout the process, I’ve wondered on several occasions what the legendary journalist and writer Hunter S. Thompson would have made of all of this chaos. I don’t consider myself worthy to even hazard a guess at his reaction, but after reading his other journals of previous campaign trails and knowing full well his disdain for former POTUS, the notorious Richard Nixon, I know he’d have plenty to say on the matter. Donald Trump can rest assured, if Hunter was still with us, he’d have had an enemy for life and a giant thorn in his side throughout the campaign. With thoughts of the genius in mind at this time, let’s take a second to think back to simpler times, pour a glass of Wild Turkey, spark a cigarette and remember a man who was the voice of a generation and the voice of the voiceless. Here’s our top 10 tracks featured on the 1998 classic, the adaptation of one of Hunter S. Thompson’ most famous writings, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas. Enjoy.

Bob Dylan – Stuck Inside of Mobile (with the Memphis blues again) from Blonde on Blonde – 1966

Tom Jones – It’s Not Unusual from Along Came Jones – 1965

Jefferson Airplane – Somebody To Love from Surrealistic Pillow – 1967

The Rolling Stones – Jumping Jack Flash – 1968

Dead Kennedys – Viva Las Vegas from The 1978 Demos – 1978

Buffalo Springfield – Expecting to Fly from Buffalo Springfield Again – 1967

Jimi Hendrix – Star Spangled Banner (live) – 1967

Perry Como – Magic Moments – 1957

Booker T & The MG’s – Time is Tight from Uptight – 1969

Randy Newman – Mama Told Me Not To Come from Eric is Here – 1967

Words by Stuart Green (@mojo20_music)

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