A Brief History of Musicians Telling Politicians to F**k Off

Musicians and politicians seldom get along. Noisey recounts some highlights from that tumultuous relationship.

Oh sweet Jesus, YES. Yesssssss. The most exciting part of the Presidential cycle is already upon us! No, not watching candidates’ televised debates to determine who is capable of embarrassing themselves the least, or finding out where they stand on issues that they will spend the next four years making no significant progress on, that crap is boring. We’re talking about the time-honored tradition of politicians getting put in their place by musicians.

You see, the road to the White House is paved with stump speeches requiring candidates to drive across this great nation, proving to the American public that they are neither Artificial Intelligence robot nor alien overlord. They want you to know they are capable of the having human emotions and are just like you, the sleeve-rolled, grease-stained working class of America. Hands get kissed, babies get shaken, it’s all very staged and boring. But in this attempt at appealing to the Average Joe, candidates will often incorporate this thing called “mu-sic” which the humans seem to love so much.

In their cavalier selection process of choosing entrance songs that appeal to us Whopper-eating Walmart monkeys of the United States, candidates will often get ahead of themselves and use songs they haven’t cleared with the artists. This is where things get hilarious. Once the artists catch wind of this, they’ll usually tell the offending politician, often publicly, to eat a pile of red, white, and blue shit.

This seems to happen most with Republican candidates on account of them being, you know, the slightly more soulless half of our two-party system. Here is a roundup of those situations in one convenient place so we may all collectively laugh at them for trying to express themselves creatively via a predominantly liberal medium.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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