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VIDEO: See Congress Do Rick Astley's 'Never Gonna Give You Up'

Could a 'Rick Roll' encourage bipartisanship?

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photo of Theresa Poulson
April 12, 2011

When all else fails, sometimes music can bring folks together. As such, the Washington Post is asking readers to recommend songs for a playlist encouraging bipartisanship among members of Congress.

Maybe they should try what Oregon lawmakers did recently: read the lyrics of Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" on the floor --  a take on the prank known as "Rick rolling." We imagined what it would look like for the U.S. Congress to "rick roll." Watch the video above to get a taste.

 

But music isn't always a bridge-builder. Some members used songs to sharpen their tongues against adversaries during the budget debate last week. Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., read lyrics from the White Stripes’ song “Effect and Cause” during floor debate on Friday in an attempt to prod Republicans. And Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R.-Mich., referenced Led Zeppelin songs while criticizing Democrats. 

(And in some cases, music can get you in hot water: Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist released a video on Monday apologizing for unauthorized use of a Talking Heads song.)

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