domo arigato, mr. roboto
“Move Along to these guys”? Really, that’s all ya got Today Show? Two previous albums worth of lyrics, and that’s the best you can come up with? Not to mention they picked one of the most ridiculous still images of lead singer Tyson Ritter they could find. And what’s up with the usage of “these guys”? Is John McCain working for the Today Show website now?
If Songspeak gave out booby prizes for worst songspeaks, today Today would be at the top of the list. I mean, honestly.
Anyhow, for those interested, here are the All-American Rejects performing their new single:
In every political season, the candidates inspire recording artists to record tributes (or try to cash in) to their chosen candidates. We at Songspeak picked 5 at random, and labeled them ‘top 5′ totally arbitrarily. 1,000 points for us! Here they are:
# 5: “Barack Obama” – Coco Tea
Back in March, reggae singer Coco Tea recorded this shout-out tribute to Barack Obama. Never did we realize just how catchy singing someone’s name repeatedly during the chorus could be.
#4: “Raisin’ McCain” – John Rich
John Rich, of popular country band Big & Rich, wrote this McCain rally song. He even performed this song at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul.
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I can’t help but notice the songspeak site has had some banner ads for the McCain/Palin campaign lately. I can only imagine this is because we’ve had a few McCain and Palin related posts recently, but rest assured that we here at Songspeak in no way, shape, or form support the McCain/Palin ticket.
So it bothers me that ads for them are popping up on the site. Why should it look like we’re promoting someone that we don’t support, nor agree with? Worse yet, the ad looks like some sort of satire, repeating the “maverick” catchphrase over and over. This whole maverick idea is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve seen in politics, and reeks of pandering to the lowest common denominator. “Hey, Joe Six-Pack! We’re mavericks! We’re gonna shoot up Washington with change…YEE-HAAAWWWWWW!” The whole thing seems like one big (sad) joke. But it’s for real. Frightening. (Never mind that I don’t understand how a candidate like McCain that has served in the senate for 22 years can pretend that he’d be “change”).
Everyone knows that the ORIGINAL mavericks are the Ford Maverick, James Garner (who played Maverick in the TV series that ran from 1957 to 1962), Tom Cruise (who played Maverick in the 1986 hit movie Top Gun), and Mel Gibson (who played Maverick in the 1994 movie version of the TV series). And even though one is a car, and two of them are total whackjobs now, I’m confident that ANY of them would make a better Vice President (or President) than Sarah Palin. Especially the car.
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“It’s frustrating and infuriating that someone who claims to speak for the American people would repeatedly show such little respect for creativity and intellectual property. The saddest thing about this is that ‘My Hero’ was written as a celebration of the common man and his extraordinary potential. To have it appropriated without our knowledge and used in a manner that perverts the original sentiment of the lyric just tarnishes the song. We hope that the McCain campaign will do the right thing and stop using our song–and start asking artists’ permission in general!”
- Statement from Foo Fighter’s public relations firm, Nasty Little Man
This is not the first time this has happened, apparently.
The band Heart noticed that its song “Barracuda” was used for Sarah Palin events without permission.
John Mellencamp’s songs, “Our Country” and “Little Pink Houses” were used without permission.
Jackson Browne’s song “Running on Empty” was also used by the Republican party without consent. Jackson Browne has even filed suit against the party as well as the campaign, concerned that playing the song at an Ohio event implies his endorsement of McCain.
John Hall, a member of the 1970s group Orleans and now congressman, was unhappy with the campaign’s use of the Orleans song “Still The One” without his consent.
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In 1984, long before Sarah Palin was John McCain’s vice presidential nominee, she (then Sarah Heath) entered into the Miss Alaska Pageant. She competed in a swimsuit competition of course. But more importantly, she showed off her musical prowess during the talent portion of the competition by playing the flute.
The announcer says: “She is an accomplished flautist who has been performing for ten years. She will be performing “The Homecoming” as written by Nathan Hardy…”
Here’s the video:
She didn’t win the competition.
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John McCain was supposed to appear as a guest on The Late Show with David Letterman last night. However, because of the economic crisis this country is suffering (due to the absolute joke that is the Bush administration), McCain felt it necessary to cancel his appearance at the last minute.
This didn’t sit too well with David Letterman, and he railed on John McCain like there was no tomorrow. He chided him for suspending his campaign, he criticized him for not having Sarah Palin take his place while he took care of business in Washington, DC. He even showed live footage of McCain being interviewed by Katie Couric, while he was supposed to be on his way back to Washington. Letterman and Keith Olbermann hammed it up while watching the footage.
Take a look at the tongue lashing Letterman unleashed last night:
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Brilliantly played by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, this season of Saturday Night Live opened over this past weekend with a bang. Fey played John McCain‘s vice presidential nominee, Sarah Palin. Poehler played Hillary Clinton.
Here’s a transcript:
FEY AS PALIN: “Good evening, my fellow Americans. I was so excited when I was told Senator Clinton and I would be addressing you tonight.”
POEHLER AS CLINTON: “And I was told I would be addressing you alone.”
FEY AS PALIN: “Now I know it must be a little bit strange for all of you to see the two of us together. What with me being John McCain’s running mate.”
POEHLER AS CLINTON: “And me being a fervent supporter of Senator Barack Obama — as evidenced by this button.”
FEY AS PALIN: “But tonight we are crossing party lines to address the now very ugly role that sexism is playing in the campaign.”
POEHLER AS CLINTON: “An issue which I am frankly surprised to hear people suddenly care about.”
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See? Even John McCain songspeaks!
I don’t know what reminded me of this truly hideous songspeak from over a year ago, but, well, here it is. The clip pretty much speaks for itself, but basically McCain is asked about his opinion regarding Iran, and he replies by making light of WAGING WAR ON ANOTHER NATION by performing his own version of Barbara Ann by the Beach Boys (actually, in doing my research for this post, I’ve discovered that the Beach Boys version is a cover and it was originally written and performed by The Regents) . I don’t know what’s more disturbing, the fact that he does it at all, or the fact that the people in the crowd seem to think it’s funny. Maybe it was nervous laughter. Yeah, that’s the ticket.
Although, any politician capable of this, is surely capable of this:
Perhaps this falls under the banner of wrestlespeak more than songspeak, but last night on WWE RAW, the three main presidential candidates (Clinton, Obama, and McCain) made pre-recorded comments to air during the show.
Yes, I enjoy wrestling, and yes, most wrestling fans get a bad rap and are stereotyped into the “unintelligent trailer trash” category. However, most wrestling fans are just average people who watch wrestling as any other form of entertainment.
So imagine how I felt my intelligence to be insulted when watching these candidates’ comments. Not only did they talk in circles and not actually say anything, they littered their mini-speeches with lame wrestling metaphors and catchphrases of wrestlers who haven’t been active for about 6 or 7 years (most notably, The Rock). If you’re going to try to relate to your audience, wouldn’t it make sense to, you know, make some more current references? Good God, I was half-expecting John McCain to say, “Where’s the beef?” Don’t get me wrong, hearing Barack Obama say “If you smell what Barack is cookin’” was pure gold, but I just got the feeling I was being talked down to. It was obvious they know nothing about the WWE and were just spouting lines. They blew a good opportunity to say something real and intelligent and instead let some speechwriter make it obvious that they knew nothing of their audience. And it didn’t help McCain’s case that his message appeared last and he used the same “If you smell what the Mac is cookin’” line.
Below is a snippet of each candidate’s clip so you can see for yourself.