An Earful: HOH’s NSA Mix Tape

Posted June 25, 2013 at 3:10pm

We Act Radio wants to flood D.C.’s streets with spinning spokes and booming speeches this Independence Day via a multi-ward, anti-domestic spying protest dubbed the “NSA Mixtape Bike Ride.”

The event, which is scheduled to kick off at 5 p.m. July 4 at WAR HQ (1918 Martin Luther King Ave. SE), is being billed as “part flash mob, part street theatre, and part march … in opposition to ‘Big Brother’” by organizers on social media.

Planners have also promised to feed the demonstrators a steady diet of “relevant songs and speeches against surveillance” during the evolving ride; per online bantering, the length of the ride remains in flux (2-3 hours appears on the table), as does the ultimate destination (“possibly ending on the Mall to provide context to the fireworks and/or U street for beer”).

Ride wrangler Kymone Freeman did not respond to queries about what might pop up on the promised mix tape, so we here at HOH compiled what we believe to be an apropos playlist:

“Somebody’s Watching Me” — Rockwell

The new normal.

“Pink Panther Theme” — Henry Mancini


“Spies Like Us” — Paul McCartney

And to think, my high school guidance counselor said I’d never amount to anything.

“Territorial Pissings” — Nirvana

Kurt Cobain’s trust issues now seem so prescient.

“I Kill Spies” — Agent Orange

How Edward Snowden does NOT want to be remembered.

“Listen Like Thieves” — INXS

The National Security Agency’s unofficial anthem.

“Secret Agent Man” — The Toasters

Skank like no one’s watching.

“Spying Glass” — Massive Attack

Tell it on the mountain.

“Peter Gunn Theme” — The Blues Brothers

At least he was a PRIVATE dick.

“Fight the Power” — Public Enemy

It’s not a real protest unless Public Enemy is involved.