The Music Of Rob Ford

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In between (and maybe during) drunken stupors, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford apparently gets pumped to the hits of the 1970s and ’80s.

The embattled Canadian politician, who this week admitted to having smoked crack amid a “drunken stupor,” is a “guest curator” for the music streaming website Songza. He created a playlist of songs that get him hyped for Canada’s favorite sport, hockey.

According to Songza, that “Hockey Night with Mayor Rob Ford” playlist is a “handpicked mix of energizing songs” chosen by the mayor to help you “get excited for Hockey Night.”

Ford shared the playlist on his Twitter page Thursday. It mostly consists of music from three and four decades ago, including hits from Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, The Guess Who, Average White Band, and the Electric Light Orchestra. Most of the songs are rock and pop, but there is also a heavy metal cover of War’s “Low Rider” by a band called “Camel Toe.”

Since Rob Ford is all about instilling a sense of pride in Toronto’s citizenry, his playlist places a heavy emphasis on songs from local artists. There are several Canadian bands and Torontonians on the list including The Tragically Hip, Kim Mitchell, Blue Rodeo, and multiple tracks from Rush.

Listen to Ford’s playlist here.

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Hunter Walker is a national affairs reporter for TPM. He came to the site in 2013 from the New York Observer. He has also written for New York Magazine, Gawker, the Village Voice, Forbes, The Daily, and Deadspin. He can be reached at hunter@talkingpointsmemo.com
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