Political Animal


June 08, 2012 8:00 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

An inspirational tune for whatever resistance to truth and justice you are facing today: “The Walls Came Down,” from The Call, 1983. The Band’s Garth Hudson is on keyboards.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • kd bart on June 08, 2012 8:09 AM:

    I was in college when this came out and hadn't heard it in years. THANK YOU!!!!

  • delNorte on June 08, 2012 8:37 AM:

    OMG...The Call - part of the soundtrack for my college years. "Reconciled," and "Into the Woods" are top notch albums - "Let the Day Begin" is a good morning song, too:


    I didn't know Micheal Been (leader singer/bassist) died in 2010. RIP.

  • 2Manchu on June 08, 2012 9:43 AM:

    Great song, proof that not all eighties music sucked (just 75% of it).

    Now you need to post some Killing Joke, XTC, and The Jam.

  • Mavor on June 08, 2012 12:57 PM:

    Man! I have never heard this song or the group.....About that time I remember. "What's Love Got to do With It" by Tina Turner, "Jump" Pointer , "Sexual Healing" Marvin Gaye, "Making Love" Roberta Flack

  • Greg on June 08, 2012 12:58 PM:

    Thanks. It's been at least 20 years since I heard that.

  • paul on June 08, 2012 2:54 PM:

    Thanks for the link. The Call were one of the best rock bands ever. I listened to one of my old Call albums recently and Michael Been's passion and thoughtful lyrics never grow old.

    It makes me sad that I am not aware of any modern bands with the same social vision. I am a fan of indie rock, but there is an almost complete lack of writing about serious issues.

  • Dee Loralei on June 08, 2012 3:42 PM:

    I hadn't thought of The Call in years, I saw them in concert with Simple Minds in the 80's. Great concert. I still have an album of theirs, may crank it up as I do my weekend chores. Thanks Ed. And yea, Let the Day Begin would be a great song for this segment.

    Your family are in my thoughts today, Ed.