Saturday, August 9, 2008

Music and Politics

If Obama is really in this to win this, he should consider changing his campaign song to Motorhead's "Bomber." Seriously, take a listen to the chorus, it totally sort of sounds like Lemmy's singing, 'it's Obama, it's Obama,' if you kind of stretch it a bit. With that bold move, Obama would capture the coveted record store nerd vote, easily bringing in dozens of votes, provided the nerds actually made it to the polls in November and didn't get distracted by some shiny new CD reissue or a chance to display their obscure record knowledge to a fellow nerd.

On a related note, while riding my bike last weekend, I was totally cracking myself up with a proposal to change the national anthem to Bad Brains' "Pay to Cum," if only for the fact that by the time you got a stadium full of people at a football game or whatever to stand, the song would be almost over. Sure, nobody can sing it, but nobody can sing "The Star Spangled Banner," either. Plus, how funny/awesome would it be to see crowds of people all shouting out the lyrics, which I always thought were something along the lines of "hubbadubbadooranmakamakaflooremanamanamamamaFIGHT!"

This also started me thinking of how many '80s hardcore bands were lauded as the fastest band in the world - off the top of my head, I can recall Husker Du, Bad Brains, DRI - I'm sure there's tons more. Sort of how about a half dozen bands were called "America's Wire" - Mission of Burma, Urinals, Minutemen, etc. I guess it's kind of like how there are about a million "Master of the American Short Story" authors out there - Raymond Carver, Ernest Hemingway, etc.

1 comment:

Keith said...

On the train ride to work every day, I pass a patch of graffiti that has somehow persisted through all the attempts to scrub away graffiti or cover it with other graffiti. It's the "skankin' stickman on a yellow yield sign" DRI logo. Awesome.

During the Olympics I started wondering why ALL national anthems sound basically the same. I mean, I can understand all European ones sounding basically the same, but why do all African or Asian ones have the same sort of dreary tone about them? Why couldn't someone pick some awesome old tribal song or something?

I don't care what the new US national anthem is, as long as it's that Charlie Daniels song about America kickin' Russia's ass.