‘Royals’ Is Probably Over Now That Bill de Blasio Used It
There’s plenty to like about New York mayor-elect Bill de Blasio. I mean, we voted him into power in a landslide, didn’t we? (Also: hooray for new public advocate Tish James! Can’t believe I had to vote for you three separate times to make that happen.) And it’s totally fine that Bill’s teenage kids or with-it staff had the bright idea to let him walk onstage for a victory speech last night with hit single “Royals” playing—a rebuke to billionaire would-be rainmakers like the outgoing Michael Bloomberg. Even so, guess that song has had it.
R.I.P., Lorde’s “Royals.” You were a track that nobody seemed to ever get enough of, judging by Spotify, but really there just wasn’t much going for you. Oh, stop, I know you presented a passable commentary on class and the fever dream of obscene wealth—but enough is enough. You had no place at a political rally for the simple reason that you couldn’t get people fired up. This was pure anticlimax:
Campaigns have always struggled for decades to hit the right mark when it comes to their candidate’s music—without getting sued by Heart, of course—probably because the ultimate feel-good electoral pump-up jam has already been used to flawless effect. See for yourself: