'Too Big to Fail' satirizes Rahm Emanuel's mayoral bid with You Tube music video

In a move reminiscent of the campaign against having Olympics 2016 come to Chicago, a local Chicago band has posted on You Tube a song named "Too Big to Fail" dedicated to the whole story of Rahm Emanuel's mayoral campaign and its relationship to things Hollywood, North Shore, and Global Economy. Readers our urged to stop by and then Comment on their favorite line. So far -- "When my family wants Thai food I take them to Thailand..."

The chorus goes: "I got Hollywood cash, I'm too big to fail..."

Rahm Emanuel greeting the audience at the UNO 25th anniversary party on November 16, 2010 at Chicago's Union Station. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.For readers who can't get a hot link (above at "song") the You Tube address is:

Although Chicago does not yet have a movement dedicated to the Rahm Emanuel campaign that harkens back to the movement that was built to respond to Mayor Daley's attempt to do Olympics 2016 on Chicago, the sound of the Emanuel song has a flashbacks quality too it. Was it produced by the same group? News to follow, perhaps in Comments.

So, as Substance readers return to schools (unless they need buses or the parking lots are unplowed), take a moment for "Too Big To Fail."

By the end of the day on February 4, 2011, the video was getting hundreds of hits per hour, despite the fact that the Chicago Board of Education's computers (including the computers at the school where the singer's daughter attends) cannot access You Tube. Computer experts are working on alternative sites for the video and song, so that the Murbarak style censorship of Terry Mazany doesn't continue to block one of the most important cultural products of the current Chicago political cycle.


February 4, 2011 at 9:38 AM

By: Susan Ohanian

Emanuel Song

Mess with me and you touch the Third Rail;

I got Hollywood cash, I'm too big to fail.

February 4, 2011 at 11:51 AM

By: Margaret Wilson


Thanks for bringing the song to our attention. The link wasn't successful but I got to it by typing "Too Big to Fail" and Rahm's name in the search bar. The name isn't enough because there is a book with the same name. The students did a wonderful job!!

February 5, 2011 at 9:45 PM

By: Jim Vail


what up Winnetka, bye, bye Bridgeport

no need to vote, I will prevail

I got Hollywood cash - I'm too big to fail


I say spare me the rap about the neighborhood crap, Garfield Park is just a place on the map - you want to play ball, put a check in the mail, I got Hollywood cash, I'm too big to fail


February 7, 2011 at 9:16 PM

By: Nick

Rahm is Yoda

While watching a Rahm campaign ad earlier, my 6 year old son asked me "Why does Yoda want to be mayor?" Too funny...

February 7, 2011 at 11:08 PM

By: rahm does not look healthy

rahm's health

Campaigning makes one tired, but he really does not look healthy. Is this a concern?

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