How about this for a new game? Some time before Christmas, while driving home, I stumbled across a Radio 4 programme called Thomas Hardy’s iPod. Aha, I thought, lots of Smiths songs, and maybe that “It’s a wonderful, wonderful life…” number. Unfortunately the creators of the programme had decided to be all po-faced and historical about it, so all the music was authentic period stuff that Hardy probably did actually listen to, and very dull it was too. I think my idea is much better: suggest songs, from any genre or era, that would suit a particular historical figure, and offer some justification. If this gets any sort of response, someone can then volunteer to suggest a new figure (who doesn’t have to be literary) next week.
Just to kick things off, something suitably ironic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHWrudgCc3Q&feature=related