Aerosmith: Trying to Remain Relevant (again)

via Aerosmith’s Joe Perry walks this way with John McCain –

I have one Aerosmith song in my iTunes collection: Walk this Way. I have it because Run DMC makes it awesome. Otherwise, I find Aerosmith to be the rough equivalent of Greasey Spoon/Bad Diner music. It tastes great but it gives you diabetes and leaves a bitter aftertaste in your mouth. Personally, I find Aerosmith to be completely unpalatable. They’re like Grits: Texture, but no flavor, unless you add said flavor.

So I was not surprised when I heard this:

“I’ve been a hardcore Republican my whole life,” he told the Herald. “My mother and father drilled into me from the very start that if you work hard and be positive, you’ll get what you’re working for. I guess I’m living proof of that.”

Of the rocker’s endorsement, McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said: “Joe Perry is an icon of rock-and-roll and a great American. John McCain absolutely appreciates his support.”

I will concede that Perry, and Aerosmith, are Icons of rock. I’m not sure why this makes Perry a great American. My parents drilled into me to work hard, be positive and be kind. Does this make me a great American to?

The entire thing is ridiculous. Aerosmith is completely irrelevant to today’s rock scene. They reinvented themselves in the 80s with Run DMC. They attempted to do it again with Bon Jovi, Britney, Mary J Blige and Nelly. I do not care if, historically speaking, they a “great band.” What have the done for the scene recently? Their Blues recording? An entire album featuring the same bloody riffs?

Aerosmith, like the Stones, jumped the shark long ago. The fact that Joe Perry backs McCain is not surprising in the slightest. Both Aerosmith and McCain are tired, old, and saying the same damn thing OVER AND OVER again.

2008 Political Mix

So I made a CD for Sid’s and the Debate Party we’re having next week. Since it’s my idea, I’m guest bar tending. If you’re in the area, you should stop by.

Anyway, on to the CD:
Power To The People: John Lennon
War Pigs: Cake
Know Your Rights: The Clash
All You Fascists: Billy Bragg and Wilco
War Sinéad: O’Connor
Redemption Song: Joe Strummer
Paranoia (Never Enough): Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
I Got Your Number: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Shake the Sheets: Pharmacists & Ted Leo
Last to Die: Bruce Springsteen
The Rising: Bruce Springsteen
Keep The Car: Running Arcade Fire
Four Winds: Bright Eyes
Plasticities (Remix): Andrew Bird
16 Military Wives: The Decemberists
Hey Clown: Firewater
Dirty Old Town: The Pogues
The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song…(With All Your Power): The Flaming Lips
Indian Summer: Pedro The Lion

This is a jukebox CD, meaning I can get away with multiple songs by one artist.  At the same time, I feel that the CD is missing something.  The ending track could be a lot stronger (read:  Louder).  Anyone have any ideas?

2008 Political Mix Lyrics

Used without permission. 

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists: Shake the Sheets

I said, “I wonder how it is I’m standing here, while war is raging everywhere under the sky?

I feel defeated here by everything, cheated here by everyone on every side.

I want to take you to a quiet place, and never ask the meaninglessness to reply.

When will we get an hour to celebrate, find the time to breathe a sigh?

I’ve been working too hard to be living, and later

Walking all night, until I’m shivering, and is it

Wasting the time that I’ve been given, to maybe

Wait for the day of oblivion?

I want to take it to the president, him and all the cabinet, with a broom.

I want to sweep the Halls of Arrogance, sweep the walls of the excrement of these baboons.

But I respect and prize the covenant — I respect the process, I respect the rules.

When will we find a chord as resonant as to shake the sheets and make us move?

You’ve been working too hard to be living, and later

Walking all night, until you’re shivering, and is it

Wasting the time that you’ve been given, to maybe

Wait for the day of oblivion?”

And she said, “Roll out and make your mark. Pull on your boots and march.

Then roll on and meet me where you’ll find me doing my own part.

Roll out your dented car. Maybe it won’t roll far.

But if you do everything you can, well babe, that’s more than a start.

Roll out and make your mark. Pull on your boots and march.

Then roll on and meet me where you’ll find me good and ready.

Sometimes it’s gonna hurt. Sometimes you’re gonna deserve it.

But if you hold on to what you’ve got, I know you’ll keep it steady.

So there’s no end to work, so there’s no end to the murk.

So everything else is dirt, but I am pure and steady.

So cut out the morbid verse. I know you’ll make it work.

And how’re you gonna save the world, when the world ain’t ready?”

Talking Point: The Rising

After Biden’s speech last night at the convention, we heard Bruce Springsteen’s song, “The Rising.” (note, this is an audio link). At the time, I thought it was a particularly good choice for a campaign song.

The LA Time’s disagrees.

Here are the lyrics:

Can’t see nothin’ in front of me
Can’t see nothin’ coming up behind
I make my way through this darkness
I can’t feel nothing but this chain that binds me
Lost track of how far I’ve gone
How far I’ve gone, how high I’ve climbed
On my back’s a sixty pound stone
On my shoulder a half mile line

Come on up for the rising
Com on up, lay your hands in mine
Come on up for the rising
Come on up for the rising tonight

Left the house this morning
Bells ringing filled the air
Wearin’ the cross of my calling
On wheels of fire I come rollin’ down here

Come on up for the rising
Come on up, lay your hands in mine
Come on up for the rising
Come on up for the rising tonight

Li,li, li,li,li,li, li,li,li

Spirits above and behind me
Faces gone, black eyes burnin’ bright
May their precious blood forever bind me
Lord as I stand before your fiery light

Li,li, li,li,li,li, li,li,li

I see you Mary in the garden
In the garden of a thousand sighs
There’s holy pictures of our children
Dancin’ in a sky filled with light
May I feel your arms around me
May I feel your blood mix with mine
A dream of life comes to me
Like a catfish dancin’ on the end of the line

Sky of blackness and sorrow ( a dream of life)
Sky of love, sky of tears (a dream of life)
Sky of glory and sadness ( a dream of life)
Sky of mercy, sky of fear ( a dream of life)
Sky of memory and shadow ( a dream of life)
Your burnin’ wind fills my arms tonight
Sky of longing and emptiness (a dream of life)
Sky of fullness, sky of blessed life ( a dream of life)

Come on up for the rising
Come on up, lay your hands in mine
Come on up for the rising
Come on up for the rising tonight

Li,li, li,li,li,li, li,li,li

The times finds that a song about a firefighter who dies while saving others at 9/11 is inappropriate because of how the song ends–at his funeral. Personally, I think that using a song that was inspired by 9/11 and has a message of hope and unity is perfect for this particular ticket.

What do you think, dear reader?

As an aside, I’m probably throwing in some Boss for my own political soundtrack.

Music for the Election

I’m currently thinking of a play list for the 08 election. It is partly inspired by Move On’s album from 04, Future Soundtrack for America. The other inspiration comes from my belief that even if Obama wins in November, there is still a lot of work to do.

In Rules for Radicals, Saul Alinsky tells “progressives” (Alinksy calls liberals, “people that start fights then walk out.” I disagree completely.) that the best one can hope for is a plateau before the struggle continues. Make no mistake about it–given the playing field we have, Obama is the best chance at realizing a progressive agenda. Even after November 11, progressives/liberals and forward thinking people are going to have to keep the pressure on.

So, I’m making a play list–don’t scoff, music is a powerful motivator–for the election and what comes after. It is not going to be any easy fight to keep the progressive movement going, and it is going to be a fight.

Thus far I have two songs:

Woody Guthrie: All you fascists (video link)


Firewater: Hey Clown (last FM link)

If you want a copy of the CD, drop me a line. If you have a suggestion for the CD, drop me a line or a comment.


Courtesy of:FLUXBLOG: Our Last Summer As Indies:

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists “The World Is In The Terlet” – This song was written and recorded on the June 3, 2008 episode of the Best Show on WFMU. Basically, Tom and a few of his listeners came up with the lyrics, and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists put it all together and recorded it before the end of the show. It ought to be a fun curiosity, but it actually might be one of Leo’s best tunes. The song is essentially a string of punk cliches with lyrics about some sort of hipster apocalypse, but it all snaps together so nicely that it’s like hearing all the old tricks for the very first time, especially when the songs collapses into a racket after Leo announces that “the western world will perish in fifteen years!”

I missed out on Ted’s last appearance in Chicago, so I am desperate for any new material. I’m not sure that this is one of his best songs–but I’m rocking out to it in the office today.

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