Politirock

PolitirockI just heard Green Day's latest single, "American Idiot". It's clearly a Dubya-inspired ditty. Below is a taste of the lyrics.

Well, maybe I'm the faggot America I'm not a part of a redneck agenda
Now everybody do the propaganda
And sing along in the age of paranoia

It got me thinking about the most recent Pearl Jam studio release and the tune "Bushleaguer". When I saw Ed Vedder perform this song live last summer, he was donning a Dubya mask. Here's a taste of the anti-Bush lyrics in Bushleager.

A confidence man, but why so beleagued?
He's not a leader, he's a texas leaguer
Swinging for the fence, got lucky with a strike
Drilling for fear, makes the job simple
Born on third, thinks he got a triple

Speaking of Pearl Jam, they're one of several bands on the "Vote For Change Tour". These bands will play shows during the first week of October in a number of swing states. Other artists taking place are REM, Bruce Springsteen, the Dave Matthews Band and the Dixie Chicks. The anti-Dubya sentiment boils over.

It's an age of politirock and there's nothing wrong with that. Will Pearl Jam fans who also consider themselves Republicans change their vote this November because of what Vedder says and thinks? I sincerely doubt it, but there are thousands and thousands of Pearl Jam fans who are unaware and don't vote at all. I believe this is their target and if the young, disenfranchised American goes out and casts a vote for John Kerry, we're all better off.

Keep on rockin' in the free world.


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