Political Animal


January 29, 2013 8:43 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

Should have posted this during the “you built that” furor last year: the Irish band Horslips performing “The Man Who Built America.”

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.


  • bigtuna on January 29, 2013 10:19 AM:

    Ed. Where do you get these things!!!?????

  • Brian B on January 29, 2013 11:16 AM:

    Man! I love this song... spent some time working the organ part & chords. Drummer is now music writer for a paper in Dublin.

    The band's name came from an early appearance on an Irish music television program when the band did not actually have a name. Someone said '...we should be 'The Horsemen of the apocalypse' and someone chimed in, "More like the Poxmen of the Horslips...'

    Do you currently reside in Monterey, Ed?

  • JMac on January 29, 2013 12:58 PM:

    Wow, flashback! My college roommate at SFSU had a Horslips album and I haven't heard them since then. And that was a LOOOONG time ago. Thanks for that!

  • joyzeeboy on January 29, 2013 2:39 PM:

    Ed, you hit another of my all time favorites! I have every album they ever put out.

    The Tain is a great album!