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“They Want Subways”: A Rob Ford Remix

According to Mayor Rob Ford, taxpayers emphatically want subways, not streetcars. But maybe, just maybe, they would also like remixes.

After Rob Ford’s infamous “It’s all about subways” comments during yesterday’s weigh-in/press scrum, some media outlets found it almost too easy to find holes in the mayor’s attempts to defend himself. Whether it’s the National Post simply publishing Ford’s words verbatim, or the Grid’s Ed Keenan restructuring them, with the simple power of artfully placed line breaks, into an inspired “found poem,” it’s become practically a game to watch Ford’s credibility unravel before our very eyes. If only the board he was playing on wasn’t our own city.

But in the spirit of turning Ford’s blunders into an art form, we fed yesterday’s speech into the Songify app, and created a “Double Rainbow”–inspired remix.


  • Anonymous

    Ford’s exchange with the reporter reminds me of a certain scene from Spinal Tap:

    Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and…
    Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?
    Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.
    Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it’s louder? Is it any louder?
    Nigel Tufnel: Well, it’s one louder, isn’t it? It’s not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You’re on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you’re on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?
    Marty DiBergi: I don’t know.
    Nigel Tufnel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?
    Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven.
    Nigel Tufnel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.
    Marty DiBergi: Why don’t you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?
    Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven.

  • DemocritusII

    That’s it. Subways. Scarborough. That’s it. They all came up to me.

    Love it.

  • Alex Hodgson
  • Anonymous

    This is amazing!

  • DiKetian

    There’s an acoustic version now too.

  • Wahziir

    this sucks

  • Charles Melvin

    Rob and Doug Ford, Toronto’s very own double rainbow. All the way. It’s so beautiful. Sob.

  • Khaled Iwamura

    Because of this stupid article I am now a supporter of Rob Ford.

    • Anonymous

      You base your political beliefs on how unpopular someone is?

  • sofia mikhaylova

    this makes me so happy.

  • Matthew

    where’s the drop

  • LeslieCz

    Hey Toronto you elected this idiot quit whining.

    • Anonymous

      No we didn’t, and no we won’t.

  • Anonymous

    killer track

  • Marceldcosta

    We prefer subway that covers the whole GTA

    • iwannasubway

      I want a subway to my house with stops at my office, school, favorite bar and lastly, to my friend’s house. PS. As I love my car, I won’t actually use this subway, but when somebody offers it, I will glady say that I want it. I would even deny others “pretend” transit in the future because I, like everybody else “want subways.”

  • Anonymous

    Here’s my attempt at a remix that doesn’t use a shitty vocoder effect:

  • Piper MacFadyen

    You should ask The Gregory Brothers do songify it for realsies.