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Friday, Oct 7, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Politico

Asked what they’re walkout song would be, Pritzker whiffed, saying any song about big ideas (his campaign theme). Bailey: “A Hard Workin’ Man” by Brooks & Dunn.

One of the lines in that Bailey walk-up song choice is “I’m gettin’ really good at barely gettin’ by,” which seems appropriate.

* Pritzker really did whiff on his walk-up song choice, though

* But he was given another opportunity in the post-debate spin room and he chose one

There are three versions of that song, but here are some lyrics from the American Authors version, which is what I think he meant

I don’t feel like going home
But all my cash is gone
Yeah, I got nothing to do tonight
I’m passed out on the floor
Up in the hotel bar
But it don’t matter, ’cause I’m feeling fine

It eventually leads to an anthemic refrain.

K-Pop group ENHYPEN also has a song named “Go Big or Go Home,” but I doubt that’s what he meant. And the Wheeler Walker Jr. song with the same name is about looking for a plus-size woman: “Say goodbye to them little size 2’s / You need a girl that’s bigger than you.”

I asked the campaign and didn’t hear back right away, so I’ll let you know what they say.

Your own walk-up song?

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55 Comments
  1. - ChicagoBars - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 9:45 am:

    Moi?

    “Fight For Your Right” by the Beastie Boys of course.


  2. - Langhorne - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 9:47 am:

    Koko Taylor, “Wang, dang, doodle”.


  3. - TheInvisibleMan - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 9:48 am:

    Underworld - Cowgirl

    Preferably overlaid with a video montage from the movie Hackers.


  4. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 9:49 am:

    Unbelievable - EMF


  5. - ste_with a v_en - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 9:50 am:

    In honor of the late Coolio - Gangsta’s Paradise


  6. - A - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 9:50 am:

    Whatever my walk up song was before doesn’t matter, cause now it’s HARD WORKING MAN!


  7. - Dysfunction Junction - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 9:52 am:

    Yakety Sax by Boots Randolph


  8. - Arsenal - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 9:54 am:

    Surrender, by Rockford’s own Cheap Trick.

    On another note, I’m constantly surprised that more IL pols don’t use “Tonight Tonight” by the Smashing Pumpkins. “Believe in me as I believe in you.”


  9. - Hon. Dan Gerard - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 9:55 am:

    All I know is if the Dems draft a guy named John Jacob Jingleheimer-Schmidt to run I have a suggestion…


  10. - Kate - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 9:56 am:

    Taking Care of Business by BTO


  11. - John Patterson - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 9:56 am:

    “I Like Carp” — The New Duncan Imperials


  12. - H-W - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 9:57 am:

    Rocky Mountain High, performed by Robert Hironimus-Wendt

    https://soundcloud.com/blackax/rocky-mountain-high?fbclid=IwAR2VHXLz1ezKLm_29tDQO0lMugloIKsgRryCRLLPShjHKb-5658olPCYLU8


  13. - oifredleg - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 10:02 am:

    “Take Five” Dave Brubek Quartet


  14. - MoralMinority - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 10:03 am:

    “All These Things I’ve Done” by The Killers.


  15. - Humboldt - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 10:06 am:

    Used to be Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song, but Thor has (rightfully) claimed it.

    I’ll go with the intro to When The Levee Breaks


  16. - Steve Rogers - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 10:09 am:

    Ray Stevens, I’m my own Grandpa


  17. - Chicago Republican - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 10:09 am:

    Big Twist - Too Much BBQ

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yguIN0DU_w


  18. - Six Degrees of Separation - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 10:10 am:

    Can’t think of a good walkup not already taken, but I am torn between Semisonic’s “Closing Time” and Ray Charles’ “Hit the Road Jack” for a walkout.


  19. - cermak_rd - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 10:12 am:

    America by Neil Diamond. It sounds great on clarinet and has a theme I can get behind.


  20. - Mamacita - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 10:12 am:

    Green Onions-Booker T & the MGs


  21. - Rich Miller - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 10:14 am:

    Get Out My Way https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBshbsz1nGg


  22. - JS Mill - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 10:16 am:

    Mama said knock you out- LL Cool J.

    Walked out to that when I did some boxing once.Cliche, but I liked it.


  23. - Jocko - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 10:22 am:

    “Back in the Saddle” by Aerosmith.

    For Bailey, I was thinking “Great White Hope” by Styx. Pritzker strikes me as a Beach Boys fan, maybe “Catch a Wave”


  24. - Streator Curmudgeon - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 10:22 am:

    Homer and Jethro: “Davy Crew-cut.”


  25. - Rabid - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 10:27 am:

    Hail to the chief


  26. - Treefiddy - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 10:29 am:

    Gonna show my age on this one, but Kanye West’s All of the Lights. Got the right amount of pomp and bravado that you need to make an entrance.


  27. - Keyrock - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 10:29 am:

    Heroes and Villains, The Beach Boys.
    (Or maybe Chicago, by Sufjan Stevens.)


  28. - 62629 - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 10:30 am:

    Good As I Once Was by Toby Keith


  29. - Rudy’s teeth - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 10:37 am:

    “My Attorney Bernie” by Dave Frishberg.
    Bernie tells me what to do
    Bernie lays it on the line
    Bernie says, we sue, we sue
    Bernie says, we sign, we sign


  30. - SAP - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 10:38 am:

    Never Gonna Dance Again by George Michael


  31. - 47th Ward - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 10:41 am:

    I wanna be sedated.


  32. - Candy Dogood - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 10:47 am:

    I’m afraid that sharing my top selections for a walk up song would potentially unmask me because among politicos we discuss what music we would use if we’re the candidate when we’re coming on stage. Especially if you’ve ever worked advance. Walk on/walk up music a part of politics, baseball, and professional wrestling.

    So if I can’t use any of those I’m going with [redacted] You by Lily Allen.


  33. - Anyone Remember - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 10:48 am:

    The Bigger They Come, The Harder They Fall. Jimmy Cliff.


  34. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 10:51 am:

    Eye of the Tiger.

    Best stadium song ever, no offense @Queen #WeWillRockYou

    Best sports film theme song ever, no offense @John_Fogerty #Centerfield

    Best American anthem ever, no offense @TomPetty #WontBackDown

    Ever kid who loves “Roar” that has heard “Eye of the Tiger” loves the original more, no offense @KatyPerry

    YDD


  35. - Dance Band on the Titanic - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 11:13 am:

    David Bowie’s “Heroes”


  36. - Product of the '60's - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 11:16 am:

    “I Wanna Grow Up to Be a Politician” The Byrds


  37. - Soccermom - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 11:16 am:

    Sophisticated Lady

    A girl can dream…


  38. - Tony DeKalb - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 11:21 am:

    Yakety Sax


  39. - Annonin' - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 11:29 am:

    we were hoping got some follow up on exactly who will take the jacket — so to speak — for being Bailey’s tailor/dresser and how do you manage to roll up your suit that way or doesn’t he own a mirror.


  40. - Slugger O'Toole - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 11:36 am:

    GNR “Welcome To The Jungle”


  41. - yinn - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 11:42 am:

    Hair of the Dog — Nazareth


  42. - Michelle Flaherty - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 12:06 pm:

    In my mind, the Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme) was playing whenever Speaker Madigan entered the House chamber.


  43. - TradedUpForMitch - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 12:16 pm:

    Alive by Juliana Zobrist. Timeless.


  44. - twowaystreet - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 12:17 pm:

    Estimated prophet - Grateful Dead


  45. - MisterJayEm - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 12:18 pm:

    “Run to Your Mama” by Goat.
    https://youtu.be/2SyPyBHJmiI

    – MrJM


  46. - Lucky Pierre - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 12:42 pm:

    Mac Davis It’s hard to be humble is the perfect JB song even though the guy singing is wearing a Cowboy hat

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0WTrMuZOZvM


  47. - JS Mill - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 12:59 pm:

    For bailey and the right i think Roy Orbison’s “Crying” seems appropriate these days.


  48. - someonehastosayit - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 1:01 pm:

    “Good Feeling” by Flo Rida
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OnnDqH6Wj8


  49. - Benniefly2 - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 1:11 pm:

    Put Your Hand Inside The Puppet Head - They Might Be Giants


  50. - Joe Bidenopolous - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 1:24 pm:

    Don’t really understand how ChicagoBars passed on what would be my choice - I Like Beer by Tom T. Hall


  51. - Joe Bidenopolous - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 1:25 pm:

    (but for actual walk-up music, 47th has the right answer)


  52. - thisjustinagain - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 1:56 pm:

    “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC, 2nd choice “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor, 3rd choice “Not Dead Yet” by Styx.


  53. - H-W - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 1:56 pm:

    Okay, LP

    You win this one. Very funny.


  54. - Amalia - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 2:24 pm:

    Blitzkrieg Bop by The Ramones


  55. - Drake Mallard - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 4:02 pm:

    bad to the bone


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