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Last week, Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Corruption) introduced a resolution honoring the life and music of the late Isaac Hayes. With 20 co-sponsors, the bill praises Hayes for his “vocal performances, songwriting, humanitarian work, and television and motion picture endeavors, and as a radio show host, pianist, saxophone player, restaurateur, and cookbook author.” HRes 1425 was dropped on the Judiciary Committee and will likely come up for “debate” (read: Tennesseans patting each other on the back) this week.

While this is clearly one of those yay-my-district bills, It’s a little hard to imagine the Congresswoman’s 87% white constituents wholeheartedly embracing Black Moses. That said, she does technically represent his birthplace, and a combination of home field advantage and personal preference has been known to cause otherwise ultra-conservatives (Blackburn, Issa, Orrin Hatch, Lamar Alexander,) to stand with the musicians’ union on key issues.

More on Orrin Hatch in particular from teh Wiki:

In the early 1970s he was the band manager for a Mormon-themed folk group called the Free Agency. The Free Agency was made up of members of an earlier Mormon group called the Sons of Mosiah, that was formed when guitarist David Zandonatti and vocalist Ron McNeeley relocated to Utah after their San Francisco based psychedelic group Tripsichord music box disbanded in 1971.

Rock musician Frank Zappa composed a guitar instrumental entitled “Orrin Hatch On Skiis,” which appears on his album, Guitar (1988).

Yes, Tripsichord Music Box and their San Francisco values.

Anyway that’s a digression. Point was, this Congressional resolution includes such gems as:

“Whereas Isaac Hayes was a television and film actor, appearing in countless television shows and three dozen movies, including roles in `The A-Team’, `The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’, `Girlfriends’, and `Miami Vice’

It’s not quite Cynthia McKinney’s Who Shot ‘Pac? bill, but the A-Team? Any day Mr. T gets name-dropped in the Congressional Record is a good day. Also this:

Whereas Isaac Hayes created the groundbreaking musical score and theme song for the movie `Shaft’

(For the record, this is the only bill in the current Congress featuring the word “shaft” that doesn’t relate to cars, energy or homeland security. Minds out of the gutters and search it yourself.)

But most crucially, this post allows me to re-use the John Kerry Spits Hot Fire tag.

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Mireille’s post on Republican DJs reminded me of National Review Online’s list of the top 50 conservative rock songs.  The Review has a complex relationship with rock music, praising Elvis’ appeal to “love” and “heterosexual sex” while criticizing the emergence of “homosexual rock”.

So this is really too easy, but it’s worth a rundown of the top 50.  It’s also cheap, considering that the author concedes “In several cases, the musicians are outspoken liberals.”  That said, it would be understandable if a handful of the ditties were simply misplaced leftists standing athwart history.  But when it’s everyone, a pattern emerges.  So without further:

1. “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” by The Who

The Tommy rockers also cranked out “My Generation,” the classic don’t trust anyone over 30 anthem.  “Hope I die before I get old?”  This one made the list for its counterrevolutionary message, but the drug war is over and Keith Moon won.

2. “Taxman,” by The Beatles

The Review calls this “a George Harrison masterpiece,” and it is musically impressive.  What the author fails to note is that the Beatles name-dropped conservative Prime Minister Edward Heath in addition to liberal Harold Wilson.  Oh and imagine there’s no heaven, but you knew that already and it applies to the #7 song on the list, “Revolution,” as well…

Alright call me lazy but that’s only two and it’s too late in the evening to keep processing a list that claims conservatism from U2, the Sex Pistols, and for Christ-in-a-bucket’s sake The Clash.  (If Joe Strummer saw this he would never stop throwing up.)

Some of the list just sucks as music.  Der Kommissar GodzillaCreed and Kid Rock?

Sorry for all the horrible music posted above.  Here’s the full list if you get motivated to chew through it.  Or alternately, here’s Senator Bruce Springsteen performing Atlantic City to clear your system.

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Hookers and blow

(No, we’re not above pandering.)

The Republicans tried to dial down the bacchanalia at the convention due to the threat from Hurricane Gustav.  Rick Davis, spokesman for the McCain campaign, asked corporate sponsors to be “respectful of events in the gulf” when arranging their orgies.

Didn’t work out.  ABC News reports:

“…lobbyists for the National Rifle Association, Lockheed Martin and the American Trucking Association put on a raucus six-hour party at a downtown bar featuring music by the band “Hookers and Blow.”

These frat-boy lobbyists mingled with leading lights of the party, including Deputy Whip Bill Shuster.  Shuster explained that while he was praying for the people of the Gulf coast, there was no need to constrain the revelry.  Wisconsin delegate Jeff Larson dismissed the situation by noting that “Everyone goes through hard times.”  (Victims of Hurricane Katrina could not be reached for comment.)

But neither hookers nor blow could soften the heteroChristian resolve of these virtuous culture warriors:

“…More than a hundred people jammed a Minneapolis restaurant where waiters wore pink wigs and guests danced through the night as they wrapped themselves and their partners with pink boas.

Five pink spotlights were set up outside of the invitation-only party. ABC News reporters were told they could not enter.

Asked about the appropriateness of the gathering, Republican National Committeeman Tony Parker walked away from ABC News cameras, saying, “I don’t want to talk with you.”

Another Republican guest hid his face from cameras, wrapping a pink boa around his eyes and nose.”

“Hookers and Blow,” by the way, markets itself as “music from a more permissive era.”  McCain campaign spokesman Daddy Yankee declined to comment.

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Last night while watching the final act of the RNC convention, I noticed they played “Barracuda” as an homage to Palin’s high school basket ball nickname while the balloons dropped and I wondered to myself if Heart was cool with the RNC using their song.

Apparently not.

In a statement issued earlier today, Nancy Wilson said:

“Sarah Palin’s views and values in NO WAY represent us as American women. We ask that our song ‘Barracuda’ no longer be used to promote her image. The song ‘Barracuda’ was written in the late 70s as a scathing rant against the soulless, corporate nature of the music business, particularly for women. (The ‘barracuda’ represented the business.) While Heart did not and would not authorize the use of their song at the RNC, there’s irony in Republican strategists’ choice to make use of it there.”

This isn’t the first time Republicans have (rightfully) gotten flack for using songs written by leftist. Reagan’s misuse of that particular antiwar ballad by Springsteen is well known but fewer people know that John Mellencamp sent a cease and desist letter to the Mccain camp during the primary because they kept playing “Our Country“. Mellencamp was an Edwards man because, you know, populists with the accents of good ol’ boys got to stick together.

The common thread of these songs are that they’re overwhelmingly inappropriate for the RNC if you actually listen to the lyrics. I mean come on–Female empowerment against sexist business practices? Compassion (in the form of social services) for the working class? Anti-War anything? Now maybe I’m not giving the GOP enough credit–Maybe they’re just so mind-blowingly POMO that my provincial mind cannot wrap my head around it. Sort of like playing Rage Against the Machine to torture prisoners at Gitmo. They’re not appropriating these things out of ignorance, but out of sheer spite toward the liberals who love them.

Hey, it’s possible!

–Maybe.

And now, a word from New Jersey Senator Bruce Springsteen.

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Under unrelenting questioning from Jay Leno, McCain throws the POW card:

“For a million dollars,” Jay Leno asked Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., today, “how many houses do you have?”

“Could I just mention to you, Jay, that, at a moment of seriousness. I spent five-and-a-half years in a prison cell,” McCain said. “I didn’t have a house. I didn’t have a kitchen table. I didn’t have a table. I didn’t have a chair. And I didn’t spend those five-and-a-half years because, not because I wanted to get a house when I got out.”

I know Obama is supposed to be the one with the big celebrity endorsements, but when will McCain be forced to reject and denounce “Gasolina?”

Daddy Yankee called Mr. McCain “a fighter for the Hispanic community” and “a fighter for the immigration issue.’’ Mr. McCain, who noted that his wife, Cindy, had gone to Central High School, said, “I just want to say thank you, Daddy Yankee.’’

The New York Times suggests that “Dame mas gasolina’ is usually understood as a double entendre that has little to do with fossil fuels,” while the Los Angeles Times doubts McCain would have name-dropped the song if he had known it was “loaded with sexual references.”  Though, I don’t see any contradiction with his past treatment of women.  When asked about the sexual allusions, a campaign spokesman declined to comment.

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Here’s the highlights of the first evening:

David Gregory blathered that the Obamas are trying to make Americans comfortable with them. Because you know, we’re voting on dinner guests. Says Michelle has a “threshold test,” and that there are “questions about her.” I have questions about David Gregory, but no one asks me.

-I love me some populist Jim Webb, but tonight he name-dropped our “Jacksonian base.” Really? We’re trailing among likely Indian-killers?

-There is nothing like hearing Mike Barnicle say “I’m a strong black woman.”

-Scarborough was down on the floor concern trolling about Obama’s poll numbers when Olbermann countered with a different poll in which McCain has lost seven points among likely voters since last week. Olbermann then asked Scarborough if he could actually back up what he’s saying. It got awkward right quick.

-Bill Maher on MSNBC: “People get stupider every election cycle, they think offshore drilling is going to lower the price of gas and they think Obama the black guy with the single mother is an elitist.”

-(Former) GOP Rep. Jim Leach spoke as the token convert. Leach is a good man, even if Loebsack is better. In his losing campaign, the 30-year incumbent refused to take not only PAC money but any money raised outside of his district. He also insisted that the national GOP drop a mailer it had planned attacking his opponent on gay marriage. Leach was always a good egg and it was nice to see him somewhere he belongs.

-Teddy Kennedy is a lion. And I’m not ashamed to say he makes me cry. Go re-watch this too.

-Chuck Todd very positive on Pelosi. “Hasn’t been polarizing,” won and expanded Congressional majorities “unlike Gephardt,” “has done a lot to shift this party towards Obama.” Matthews asks whether that makes her and Clinton rivals, because Matthews sees politics as prison film. Todd notes that the two leaders of the party, Pelosi and Howard Dean, “don’t owe the Clintons anything.”

-Pelosi is a bad speaker but she got her headline quote in: “John McCain has the experience…of being wrong.” Also notes that she’s the first Italian-American Speaker of the House. We don’t really think of white ethnics as having barriers today, but it’s worth noting that her and a central-casting Irish Catholic were two of the stars of the night.

-JIMMY! Comes out with a cameo to “Georgia On My Mind.” This is worth watching.

-Gene Robinson says the press is overstating the disunity narrative. Norah O’Donnell discusses Bill’s “psychodrama,” and Pat Buchanan calls this a “deep wound” because HRC wasn’t vetted for VP. Rachel Maddow notes that the self-identified Democrat used in a McCain tv ad was interviewed and said she thought McCain was pro-choice. Buchanan counters that this “doesn’t matter,” to which Maddow calls Clinton dead-enders “post-rational.” I can’t wait for September 8.

-Tom Brokaw and Sibelius look like brother and sister.

-Michelle Obama’s brother is the head basketball coach at Oregon State. This led to the first and last time anyone shouts GO BEAVERS at a convention. GO BEAVERS!

-Michelle = Winner. She nailed it. Look at the immediate article from the often-terrible Associated Press:

DENVER (AP) — Michelle Obama declared “I love this country” Monday as she sought to reassure the nation that she and her husband Barack share their bedrock values and belief in the American dream.

In the first major address at the Democratic National Convention, Michelle Obama said she and Barack Obama feel an obligation to “fight for the world as it should be” to ensure a better future for their daughters and all children.

The Obamas two daughters, Sasha and Malia, joined their mother on stage after the speech as Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely” blared from in the convention hall.

You won’t get a better AP opener than: “Michelle Obama declared “I love this county…” Howard Fineman: “I think Michelle dug herself beautifully out of any hole she may have dug herself… it was classy, it was humble…” Fineman used the word “beautiful” four times in two sentences. These assholes matter, so yeah. Beautiful.

-General truth, Democrats pwn music. Saturday, Obama came out to U2’s City of Blinding Lights. Biden followed to Springsteen’s The Rising. Carter of course had his usual Georgia on my Mind, while Michelle rocked Stevie Wonder’s Isn’t She Lovely? For comparison, John McCain tried to use Jackson Browne and got himself sued.

mireille: I wish Michelle could talk about policy
and didn’t have to shuck and jive for family and girl issues
me: Biden is like, I’d hit that. Not actually hit it, because I have a good record on violence against women.
But hit it like, you know.
mireille: quote of the night mischa

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