Five Minutes (Bonzo Goes to Washington song)
|Single by Bonzo Goes to Washington|
|Recorded||New York City 1984|
|Label||Sleeping Bag Records|
|Songwriter(s)||Jerry Harrison, Bootsy Collins, Daniel Lazerus|
|Producer(s)||Jerry Harrison and Daniel Lazerus|
Harrison had considered the joke to be in bad taste; as he later recalled to author Dave Bowman:
Everyone has the right to kid around, but that was too public. I hated Reagan's gutting of people's civil rights. I thought everything he stood for was awful.
Before the record was released, most people had heard about the joke speech but very few had actually heard the speech itself. It was only spoken by Reagan as a microphone test, which was then inadvertently recorded. Harrison was able to locate a copy of the speech from a college radio station and sampled it. Using what would now be considered to be common hip-hop recording methods — despite the term only just being used at the time — Harrison mixed in Reagan's speech with synthesizers and drums, looping the phrases "I'm pleased", "outlaw Russia forever" and "five minutes" multiple times over.
The title of the band references the film Bedtime for Bonzo, which starred Reagan, and which also inspired the Ramones' song "Bonzo Goes to Bitburg". Despite the character of Bonzo being a chimpanzee in the film, in both songs Bonzo is taken to mean Reagan himself.