Thursday, May 10, 2007

Finally, Something Important

What does the musical taste of the Presidential candidates say about them? Well let us see: From the AP (gleaned from Reality Chaeck '08).

What was your last music purchase?


Delaware Sen. Joe Biden: ''My sister's playlist.''

A cop out. An attempt to be "hip and up to date," but not actually telling us what sort of music his sister has on her playlist (Gilbert & Sullivan? Korn?) presents difficulties. What are you hiding Senator?

New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton: Carly Simon's ''Into White.''

Ugh. Terrible musically, BUT an honest to goodness music lovers answer. This smacks of authenticity.

Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd: Soundtrack to 'Jersey Boys.''

Picking a soundtrack album is only slightly better than Biden's answer.

Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards: U2.

u2, OK that's fine...but which one!!?!?? The latest? War? Come'on! It leaves open the likelihood that he couldn't actually come up with the title.

Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Likes Willie Nelson.

Answer the question Congressman!! What a weaselly little answer!

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama: ''The latest music purchase would probably be 'Ray' -- the soundtrack from the Ray Charles movie.''

Fails because of the Soundtrack aspect, plus, if you were gonna get a Ray Charles retrospective you can do better.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson: George Strait, ''50 Number Ones.''

Ugh. "Greatest Hits" are only slightly better than soundtracks. It says to the world, I like this music because a lot of other people like this music.


Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback: Christian artist Michael W. Smith.


Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani: Verdi's ''Macbeth.''

Classy, but a little snooty, don't ya think? Where is the "man of the people"?

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: Evanescence, the goth rock group from Little Rock, Ark.

This fails because, 1) He doesn't name an actual album, 2) He looks like he is pandering to the folks back home, and 3) I get real annoying spam from someone offering me a free Evanescence ring tone for the cell phone I do not own.

California Rep. Duncan Hunter: Favors country and gospel.

Answer the question Congressman!!!!!!! What is with the guys in the House??? Take a real stand!!

Arizona Sen. John McCain: Likes ''Sounds Of Summer - The Very Best Of The Beach Boys.''

Fails the "Greatest Hits" rule, AND because Pet Sounds and All Summer Long should be owned in their entirety, at least for a real music fan.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: ''Selection of Roy Orbison songs from iTunes.''

Alright, the Orbison is terrific, the iTunes not so much. These folks are supposed to be Baby Boomer! If they cannot support the Album as art form, who can?

Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo: ''Frank Sinatra duet combo.''

Isn't the name of this album Duets? You really couldn't come up with the title? Really?

Well, Clinton wins followed by Giuliani.

A very disappointing performance by the candidates as a group.

Next up: Their Netflix queues.


William said...

Carly's INTO WHITE is brilliant.

You say "Terrible musically. BUT an honest to goodness music lovers answer. This smack(s) of authenticity"

I have whiplash reading your review.
or maybe two people were posting..
Seriously, Carly's new album is something pretty remarkable.
Try to sit still when you are listening to it and also check out her interview on

The Iconic Midwesterner said...

I see what you mean, but that is just the subjective nature of music raising its head. I know for the large numbers of folks who "get" Carly Simon they wont understand those who don't get it. Just as I cant understand those who dont love Webb Wilder, Graham Parker or Brave Combo (must have my polka!).

Just because I don't share the love of a particular artist, I wont say that those folks who do are not true music lovers.