The Red-Eye Report, Feb. 11

11 Feb

BY JOSHUA BLAKE

This week John Mellencamp asked the John McCain camp to stop using his songs “Our Country” and “Pink House” at campaign stops. Also, Tom Petty has asked that McCain stop using “I Won’t Back Down.”

This has happened often in the last couple presidential elections. During the 2004 elections, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl threatened to issued a cease and desist order to the Bush campaign for using “Times Like These” and dedicated their two-disc album “In Your Honor” to John Kerry.

I remember President Ronald Reagan wanted to use “Born in the U.S.A.,” a song about a Vietnam vet who had yet to recover from the effects of the war, by Bruce Springsteen. I found all of this very interesting and decided to take a look into campaign songs and see what tunes presidential hopefuls now and in the past have used.

I thought this might have just became a trend in the ’80s. I was totally wrong. Even George Washington used “Yankee Doodle” and “God Save the King” to get crowds pumped in the 1700s. Of course, I doubt that the songs made that much of a difference, considering that Washington won 100 percent of the electoral vote.

A lot of campaigns wrote songs for their nominees. One of the ones I found very funny was “Get on the Raft with Taft,” which was written for President William Howard Taft.

This year, the candidates’ playlists are more pop and country with a sprinkling of classic rock.

Clinton has used Celine Dion’s “You and I,” “Suddenly I See” by K.T. Tunstall, and “American Girl” by Tom Petty for a rally cry.

Obama has opted for songs like “City of Blinding Lights” by U2 and “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield.

Also, will.i.am from The Black-Eyed Peas put together a host of A-list celebrities for a viral video called “Yes We Can” that uses an Obama stump speech as the lyrics. So far the video has 2 million views.

On the Republican side, Huckabee has been playing bass with his own cover band called Capitol Offense. He has been thumping out “Free Bird” and “Mustang Sally” on most of his stops.

Before bowing out of the race, Mitt Romney was using the JXL remix of Elvis’ “A Little Less Conversation” as his rally cry. Rudy Giuliani used “Life is a Highway” by Rascal Flatts that was also used in the movie “Cars.”

What do you think? Do the songs that candidates use influence your vote? What songs should they use? Leave your comments and let the discussion begin.

Also, don’t forget that Mississippi’s primary in on March 11. Go out and let your voice be heard. Every vote counts.

I hope everyone has a great week and I’ll see you when the sun goes down.

One Response to “The Red-Eye Report, Feb. 11”

  1. Alan February 12, 2008 at 6:51 am #

    I really like the will.i.am video. In all fairness I also like Obama. I think your opinion about a candidates music choice probably comes down to if you like the candidate or not. Interesting post.

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