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Oct 29, 04 10:03 AM

'....With Technicolor Haloes of the Usual Around Them.'


At this precise moment, I'm optimistic about Kerry taking it. But. Even hearing mention of the Election makes my heart race. Anxiety.

Doug Schulkind, the WFMU Friday morning DJ, is cracking me up with black humor: "If you're voting for the right guy, I would like to encourage you to vote. If you're voting for the wrong guy, I would like to ask politely that you stay home on election day."

I saw the Eminem video on ABC news last night--it's amazing how galvanized previously apolitical artists are. Howard Stern's site is nothing but anti-Bush links! Incredible.

I've been thinking about a lyric in that song I did for the Future Soundtrack compilation: "I can feel a change is coming on/Bloom like a flower in bluest night/Bloom like the sunlight in my song."

I thought: what a sad bust that lyric may be on November 3rd. But then it occurred to me: There's going to be a change, no matter what.

It may be 1968 all over again. Artistically, socially--there'll be a tremendous groundswell of consciousness. Thank God, the Paris Hilton era may be done.

But then. I'll take Paris Hilton and lipsynching teen idols over however many thousands of lives lost in Iraq. Any day. ANY day.

Posted by Mike at October 29, 2004 10:03 AM

If you're too excited to wait for the official results, you could always just watch the Redskins Game on Sunday.

Posted by: Kacey at October 29, 2004 11:20 AM

//I'll take...lipsynching teen idols...//

I'm in the clear!

On a related election note, Nickelodeon has never been wrong in predicting election results based on the kidz:

Posted by: DJ Guide Vocal at October 29, 2004 12:14 PM

Unfortunately, I think we're an awful long way from 1968. We'd have to have gas prices at $3/gal in middle america, a draft, thousands more dead american soldiers and probably some in-country terrorist activity before the WalMartification of America could be reversed.

Life is simply too easy in American suburbia at this time and I don't see how this election will change that.

It's a shame that I've become so disgusted with the Clear Channel state of affairs in this country that I actually do wish for a revolution.

Posted by: CC at October 29, 2004 12:32 PM

I was thinking more 1972, with a thousand semi-accurate parallels between Dean/McGovern, Mosely-Braun/Shirley Chisolm, Zell Miller/George Wallace, Vietnam/Iraq, Karl Rove/Karl Rove...etc.

Nixon's (stolen) second term resulted in the greatest devastation that's ever happened in federal government, so there's always that bright side if the parallel holds past election day.

I was thinking of trying to write something out about the use of music and musicians in political campaigns, like how the Bush twins namedrop Outkast even though Outkast's lyrics are expressly anti-Bush. Or singling out Barbra Streisand instead of the thousands of more relevant musicians who also endorse liberal causes.

The Republicans needed to emulate human soul in order to be believed, like the Cylons in the Battlestar Galactica remake last year, they can't win without the illusion of individual humanity.

So they turn to music, "Let the Eagle Soar", dancing to Ricky Martin, Britney supposedly playing the Convention, individual Republicans on the iternet proclaiming love for the NY Dolls despite what they heard Sylvain Sylvain actually say when they went to a show.

I was talking to a Republican livejournal activist who says that he can separate his love of Bob Dylan lyrics and NY Dolls music from his conservative paramilitary fixation, because music is just fantasy and isn't supposed to be applied to real world scenarios.

I told him that the Dylan song "Hurricane" was no fantasy, it was about an actual injustice that was mentioned by name, that you can't flog an "interpretation debate" in order to get around that basic fact. He largely stopped writing about politics at that point.

A lot of soldiers are into Eminem, he's kind of a standby for a lot of reactionary right-wing folks sometimes, (white power, feminist backlash, gay bashing ...etc.), I think its immensely powerful that he's come out so clearly against Bush. It just feels HUGE.

Though he could have done it sooner! But hey.

At least now he and Moby have something to talk about.

Posted by: dave at October 29, 2004 1:16 PM

"if you control the currecy, you control the behaviour" - Dr Phil

i've been thinking. the 'walmartification' as previously pointed out, can only be stopped with a Consumer Corporation.

Consumers, Inc. gather up small businesses, organic farmers, renewable energy researchers, forest defenders, etc. and organize under one roof. as one entity. then use your money exclusively in the straightforward, strictly organic, worker respecting, and environmentally conscious Consumer Corporation stores, hurting the competition, then just buy your politicians like everyone else.

in other words, i think it would be better to beat them at their own game, but do it the right way. I think capitalism is fine, its the way these corporations pullute their earth, disrespect their workers, and actually believe that if their friends arrived on Oahu by jet, and instead they came by first class, that they are somehow less worthy of respect.

and now... a midget in a bikini.

Posted by: rob from colorado at October 29, 2004 1:17 PM

well, i'm a huge fan of mike, and of a lot of musicians that have a left-leaning way of thinking. in fact, my biggest musical influence is john lennon, and there's no mistaking that he was a dyed in the wool liberal. which i have no problem with.

i think what your e-friend was saying was that he was able to separate a message he disagreed from, from the beauty of one's poetry or music. do i agree with everything that mike says or thinks? no.

but i don't agree with everything g.w. says or does or thinks either. in fact, i'm a libertarian, so i have a huge problem with the patriot act and the ban on gay marriage and a bunch of other things. but i don't see as kerry as being a better choice. i just don't.

this doesn't mean that if i had a better, more viable option to bush i wouldn't vote for him either. and this certainly doesn't mean that i think mike doughty's words and musings are any less effing brilliant!

so yeah...i don't know what i'm saying here...i guess just that it IS possible to disagree with someone's politics, but to also completely LOVE their artwork. :)

'sides, i'm a pretty left (or central) leaning "conservative." ha ha. ;) great entry as always mr. d.

Posted by: james the s at October 29, 2004 1:44 PM

yeah I drove a long way on a cold night earlier this year to be entertained by mike, only to be condescendingly told I couldn't vote for Nader.

It will never be 1968 again, sorry. There will never be another draft, there will never be another 58,000, many of them drafted, troops to die in action. Ozzy (yeah I know he's not as 'informed' as Lennon or Dylan) said it best by labelling the US at the time War Pigs for sending unwilling 19yr olds to die. But our current military is all-volunteer. Its obviously sad that 1000 of our troops died. But, again, this isn't Vietnam. War sucks thats a fact, and that all fine and dandy to sing about it and preach about it. But unfortunately its a fact of American life and American History and likely its future no matter who is president.

Clinton sent troops to Bosnia, & bombed Iraq to deflect the Monica stuff. How come I didnt hear a bunch of musicians clamoring about that then? And how the hell do things 'change' if Kerry is elected? To believe things will change IS pure fantasy. But hey thats what musicians are selling, Dylan included. Who cares if Hurricane is based on a true story? Has Dylan ever run for office? Why doesnt Springsteen run for governor of New Jersey if he cares so much?

I'll tell you why, and its the same reason all the musicians want it to be like the 60's again- cuz they stand to gain financially. Many a musical career was made from that era. So everyone thinks 'yeah yeah, war is bad Bush is evil', as if no president of any era has ever gone to war with even LESS of a motive. Its almost egotistical and very patronizing to assume that Americans, including those musicians' fans, are so clueless they NEED Dave Matthews et al to tell them what to do. They can say what they want about Arnold but at least he is working on solutions instead of capitalizing on the problems.

This all being said, I don't care who anyone votes for, and I am not a republican. Free masons run the country anyway, with Bush and Kerry both having ties.

Just play the music, the rest is like chewing fodder. I am a music fan first, but I dont need Dave Matthews to tell me how to think.

And if Kerry doesnt win, then what, 4 more years of listening to unqualified musicians spewing their uninformed opinions all over the mass media? gee, I cant wait.

If Kerry does win, will they all shut up and just play music again? I'm curious to see what musicians will do if Kerry wins, and is forced to go to war. Thats the clincher. Thats where their hypocrisy will shine. Hell, now I almost want Kerry to win just to see all these musicians who are walking themselves off the perverbial plank by venturing into to political persuasion get screwed for it.

Bob Dylan in his hey-dey would never stump for any candidate. It would have killed his career.

Rage against the Machine is the ONLY political band that had a clue, bashing on both sides, not stumping for one.

Bob Marley never took sides either, and tried his best to stay out of the Jamaiacan elections. He got roped into doing a concert that appeared to support Michael Manley and took a bullet for it.

have a nice weekend, go Nader.

Posted by: ~ at October 29, 2004 4:17 PM

no draft?

Posted by: travieso at October 29, 2004 6:31 PM

that draft bill is old news dude...and serioulsy, the guy is right...there won't be a draft any time in our lifetimes...

anywho-like i said mike, i dig your blogs like a shovel mang.

Posted by: james the s at October 29, 2004 7:03 PM

Dear Anonymous,

Arnold was clearly capitalizing on California's problems, and will never come close to a solution for anything that ails them. Energy industry? Budget destroyed? Immigration issues? He's an Austrian letting Enron get off easy while spending the rest of California's money, its commonly known that Arnold will never be able to fix the economy that his recall campaign was based on.

Comparing Iraq to Bosnia is beyond sick and wrong, there was actual genocide going on in Yugoslavia at the time, whereas no such problems were happening in Iraq in 2002, or ever, at all, and you might remember that the entire UN was enthusiastically involved, that despite trepidation at a "muslim" state in Europe, almost every European country agreed that the genocide had to stop. But you were thinking about Monica at the time so maybe it slipped your attention.

No musician wants it to be the 60's anymore, the concept of the "hippie" is about as gauche and offensive to most kids/musicians/ex-hippies than it was to the original geezers who beat them up in the 60's.

And I really don't understand why you would call most musicians unqualified to critique mass media, its only their jobs to know about mass media in the first place, moreso than even the most "qualified" internet troll in the world.

And the current military is not necessarily all volunteer in the basic way that "volunteer" is described in the dictionary. A lot of folks join the military because of poverty and no access to education, its pretty much the only option folks like Lindie England ever had. Look at her now, after obeying all her orders, years in jail because she "voluntarily" followed orders to torture people.

Who cares if Huricane is based on a true story?!? Do you really not get that? You're clearly not for Nader if you don't understand why that matters. A poplulist like Nader would disown you in seconds if you had the chance to tell him you don't like or even understand popular movements. Seriously, if you wind up in jail by mistake and Mike writes a song about you, I bet you'd appreciate it very much, I bet you'd despise the guy who calls you a gimmick for some musician somewhere.

Meanwhile, most people are kept uninformed on purpose, its not Dave Matthews who assumes the role of fixing this, nor people pretending to root for Nader, its the people who have to be fed Van fucking Hagar by the Kerry campaign because bland beer commercial music is the only way to reach the millions like you who still think that Monica was more important than the most heinous genocide in a modern country since World War 2.

Its important to not feel alone when you see the world crumbling, its beyond helpful to know that the most well-known artists in the world actually understand and appreciate the way you think. I love Rage Against The Machine, but go try voting for them and see how far you get.

Posted by: Dave at October 29, 2004 7:23 PM

p.s. I failed to spell "populist" correctly or to identify myself as an internet troll along with Mr. Anonymous and the rest of the extended troll family.

Posted by: dave at October 29, 2004 7:35 PM

to ~
art that doesn't speak about the world we are living in everyday is meaningless. i'm glad for musicians that stand up and say what they think in their music or in their record labels or in what they do. we obviously pay to see them and listen to them because we like the way they think. there are thousands of things that need changing in the world and anyone who has a chance at the plate should take a swing. if you don't like artists with thoughts, listen to britney spears.

and being wrong and being hypocritical are different. its okay to be wrong about kerry or about bush or about your favorite flavor of jello. its okay to change your mind down the road, if you don't think so, you're a fool.

Posted by: nicole at October 29, 2004 8:23 PM

Hope I don't sound crazy again, but livejournal is down right now and I wanted to blurt this out somewhere. Its about the Bush campaign's use of music in order to simulate actual humanity. It less funny, but more significant than Laura Bush's mistake with the lyrics to American Woman, and probably comparable to her replacing American Woman with that Stevie Wonder tune at the RNC when in fact Stevie Wonder is in fact a big Democrat who campaigned for Gore in Florida way back when.

Oh, and thanks James the s, for the kind words!

Bush Asked to Stop Using 'Still the One'

By DEVLIN BARRETT, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - The Bush campaign said Friday it would stop using the 1970's hit "Still the One" at campaign rallies after the songwriter, no fan of the president, claimed the Republicans never got permission.

John Hall (news), a former Democratic county legislator in upstate New York, co-wrote the song and recorded it with his band Orleans in 1976. He complained Friday morning about the campaign's use of the song at the president's events.

The cheery pop tune opened and ended a Bush campaign rally in New Hampshire Friday, then was to have vanished from the political playlist.

"Out of deference to Mr. Hall's views, the song will no longer be played," Bush campaign spokeswoman Nicolle Devenish said. She said the song had been included in a catalog of music that the campaign's licensing company used to provide music for events.

Hours after she spoke, however, the song popped up again on the sound system in Columbus, Ohio, as Bush rally organizers tried to warm up a crowd of thousands. A campaign spokesman said the song was piped inadvertently into the arena as part of a video montage.

Hall, still a working musician at 56, wrote "Still the One" with his then-wife, Johanna D. Hall. The two, as well as surviving members of the band, are supporters of Democratic Sen. John Kerry (news - web sites) and didn't want their work used to promote Bush's re-election.

"I'm not just some guy that's stoned out and happened to write a song, and even if I were, it would still be a problem, because you should always ask permission to use the work," Hall said.

Later, upon learning of the campaign's decision to pull the song, Hall welcomed the news and said, "It's obviously attractive as a slogan, but this election should be about content and facts."

Hall is also concerned that political use of the song could hurt its commercial appeal, scaring away advertisers. "Still the One" has been used by Applebee's, Burger King and the ABC network, according to Hall.

The songwriter said the campaign never sought permission to use the song, raising questions about royalty fees.

"If you have protectable copyrights to a song and someone is using it without permission, and especially if they know they're using it without permission, there is some sort of legal liability there and it may be that they could be required to pay royalties at the very least, " said Daniel Healy, an intellectual property lawyer at the firm Anderson, Kill & Olick.

Hall, who lives in Dutchess County about 90 miles north of New York City, said his band recently declined an offer of $10,000 to perform at a fund-raiser for Maryland Republicans.

[edit] By the way, the cover to that Orleans album is about as close to gay porn as you could get in 1976, which is just (shall I use the word?) fabulous.

Posted by: dave at October 29, 2004 11:51 PM

Mucho typos, forgive me.

Posted by: dave at October 29, 2004 11:55 PM

Anonymous' entire argument rests on the unstated supposition that the war in Iraq is the only issue at stake in this campaign. This demonstrates a profound political ignorance, which is interesting coming from someone who purports him/herself to be so knowledgeable about the American political system.

And if you want to talk parallels, try comparing the Bush administration to the Nazi party in Germany before WWII.

Don't worry Mike, Kerry's gonna win on Tuesday. And I think he's gonna win bigger than most people are expecting. The polls aren't counting any new registrants, who comprise up to 6% of some swing state electorates, and who can be expected to break in Kerry's favor. To my mind this means that we win any state that's within most pollsters' margin on error on election day.

I'll be posting my official predictions on my journal, along with my recommendations for the less publicized but nonetheless important measures on California's ballot.

Posted by: Chris at October 30, 2004 1:29 AM

Pardon me, I didn't realize that my links would be stripped upon posting. You'll just have to cut and paste if you want the full effect.

A parallel between Adolf Hitler's rise to power and George Bush's presidency:

Posted by: Chris at October 30, 2004 1:35 AM

the two camps are dividing moreso than they did in 1968. it's defining lines are clearer;
greed v human dignity

which is
bush v kerry

which is
reps v dems

evil v goodness

we v them.

what bothers me is that an eight grader should be able to figure out that bush is preaching to the world his love for the christian G0d YET
he helps the rich get richer
and knowingly causes the poor to become poorer.

bush's jesus says something in the bible he swears by to the effect of:

"it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven."
matthew 19;20-24

i've never read much of the bible. it's only upon happenstance i found this verse.

there is so much information in this world to see that politics itself has turned into an axis of evil for the mere reason that certain men in power strive for power rather than humbleness and humility.
if bush does win, the truth will continue to push it's way around the realm of the world through us and our computers and not the eay it did in the hippie 60's through hippies and other leaders. only sadly, it is most of the 50% of bushmongers that this information is unbeknownst to and needs to be taught to.
they are the last to 'get' the truth.
the part that is unknown to US is 'will they get it?'

Posted by: marie at October 30, 2004 10:55 AM