In honor of Gov. Rick Perry's desire to bring the state’s gold reserves back from a New York vault to Texas, this week's news-based musical playlist leads off with the Shirley Bassey classic "Goldfinger."
The easiest way to enjoy the rest of the playlist is to download Spotify, which is a free program. But even if you don't or can't do that, you can still follow along. Here are this week's selections:
After the Trib's Ross Ramsey referred to Republican scion George P. Bush as "the fresh prince" in a column about Bush's campaign performance to date, we had to include The Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme song. And after reading a story about an effort to curb charges that could be filed as retribution against residents who filmed peace officers with smart phones or other devices, we added Radiohead's "Karma Police."
The Senate approved a budget, but some argue that more spending is still needed in light of last session’s budget cuts, so we have "Low Budget" by The Kinks. Elton John's "Fascist Faces" is included because of the revelation that a Houston-area Tea Party leader was the former director of propaganda for the American Fascist Party.
The next song is "Little People," from the original 1985 London version of Les Misérables — a reference to Julián Aguilar's profile of a Democratic operative who is only about 5 feet tall in boots but has demonstrated a knack for winning tough races.
State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, accused The University of Texas System regents of being on a "witch hunt" against University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers, inspiring the selection of Donovan's "Season of the Witch." The next day, in a tense meeting, the same regents opted to commission an external review of already internally reviewed compensation practices at UT-Austin. For that, we added OK Go's "Here It Goes Again."
Former Texas Workforce Commissioner Tom Pauken officially jumped into the 2014 race for governor, so we have Chicago's "Vote for Me." And we close with Robert Earl Keen's "Barbeque," in honor of our friends at Texas Monthly hiring the country's first barbecue editor.