Political Animal


June 13, 2012 8:00 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

Woke up feeling less than positive about our “job creator” friends. So this song was a natural: Mick Jagger’s “Memo From Turner,” from the 1970 movie Performance. That’s Ry Cooder on the slide guitar.

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.


  • martin on June 13, 2012 8:20 AM:

    My FAVORITE movie in High School. Obviously, I had unusual tastes even in HS. Going to have to break out the soundtrack album and listen to the whole thing. Again. Second best song, Randy Newman singing Gone Dead Train.

  • burro on June 13, 2012 10:19 AM:

    Always glad to get a Memo from Turner. Thanks for the reminder of a great song. It's the only thing that I ever recall from that very strange movie.

  • John on June 13, 2012 10:44 AM:

    Great song. I'd never seen the movie or clip before. What on earth is going on there?

  • martin on June 13, 2012 11:34 AM:

    What on earth is going on there?

    That is a question you will ask after every scene in the movie;> I found a copy of the novelization once, and even that didn't know what was going on.

    Is it any wonder the movie was co-directed by the future director of The Man Who Fell To Earth and some of the strangest movies of the 70's and 80's?

  • Joe on June 13, 2012 1:12 PM:

    When Ry Cooder plays slide, Mick"s right: " I like that...Turn it up!"...Ry is THE BEST!!!