The Unbearable Stupidity of Campaign Music

Pearl Jam, Obama Set the Bar High for Embarrassment

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Songs for Soap maestro Charles Moran and I were talking yesterday about John Mellencamp requesting that John McCain stop using his songs on the stump. While politicians aren't the only marketers who use inappropriate music for their products (See Wranglers use of CCR "Fortunate Son" and Royal Carribbean using the heroin-injected "Lust for Life"), when one of them uses a wildly inappropriate song (think Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A.") you can't help but question their ability to run the country.

And now there's Pearl Jam and Barack Obama. Pearl Jam was once my favorite band. But a combination of my own age and Eddie Vedder's inability to shut the hell up about his own politics has put some distance between us. And now the band has completely covered itself in shame by retooling "Rock Around the Clock" for Obama. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we present to you, courtesy of the blog Anyone's Guess: "Rock Around Barack." (Really, it has to be heard to be believed.) Perhaps Jake Tapper should add an update to his piece about Obamessiah syndrome. Of course, not only is the song crap, but this one too raises serious questions about the judgment of both Pearl Jam and Obama. As New York Mag puts it, "Pearl Jam Will not Rest Until John McCain Is Elected."
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