Friday, August 17, 2012

Political Music: Irony And Cognitive Dissonace

Emmarie Huetteman reports that Paul Ryan who reads Ayn Rand also listens to Rage Against The Machine. People who read Rand while listening to Rage put their mental health at risk. Rand tries to make selfishness moral; Rage, to put it mildly, opposes capitalism and greed:
The Grammy-winning Rage Against the Machine, which formed in 1991, has expressed vehement opposition to corporate greed and the American two-party political system, as well as support for the Occupy Wall Street movement, among other issues.
Huetteman reports that Ryan is in the same boat as other Republicans: he may like the band but the band doesn't like him.
Tom Morello, guitarist for the politically outspoken rap-metal band, attacked Mr. Ryan, Mitt Romney’s running mate in a searing editorial for Rolling Stone.

“Paul Ryan’s love of Rage Against the Machine is amusing, because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades,” Mr. Morello said.

Mr. Ryan has said Rage Against the Machine is one of his favorite bands. But like many other politicians, he has discovered that his music isn’t in sync with his politics. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is a vocal and loyal fan of Bruce Springsteen, but it’s a one-way relationship. Mr. Springsteen, who supports Democratic policies and politicians, will not meet Mr. Christie, a popular Republican governor
 This 2000 song Testify gives a safe glimpse of Rage's politics:

"Testify"

UGH!

The movie ran through me
The glamour subdue me
The tabloid untie me
I'm empty please fill me
Mister anchor assure me
That Baghdad is burning
Your voice it is so soothing
That cunning mantra of killing
I need you my witness
To dress this up so bloodless
To numb me and purge me now
Of thoughts of blaming you
Yes the car is our wheelchair
My witness your coughing
Oily silence mocks the legless
Ones who travel now in coffins
On the corner
The jury's sleepless
We found your weakness
And it's right outside our door
Now testify

Now testify
It's right outside our door
Now testify
Yes testify
It's right outside our door

With precision you feed me
My witness I'm hungry
Your temple it calms me
So I can carry on
My slaving sweating the skin right off my bones
On a bed of fire I'm choking on the smoke that fills my home
The wrecking ball rushing
Witness your blushing
The pipeline is gushing
While here we lie in tombs
While on the corner
The jury's sleepless
We found your weakness
And it's right outside your door
Now testify
Yeah testify
It's right outside our door
Now testify
Now testify
It's right outside our door

Mass graves for the pump and the price is set
Mass graves for the pump and the price is set
Mass graves for the pump and the price is set
Mass graves for the pump and the price is set

Who controls the past now controls the future
Who controls the present now controls the past
Who controls the past now controls the future
Who controls the present now?

Now testify
Testify
It's right outside our door
Now testify
Testify
It's right outside our door
In the 1960s Larry Norman who was Christian before being Christian was cool asked, "Why Should the Devil Have All The Good Music?" Republicans might want to ask why so few bands want their music associated with Republican causes.

MEDIAite reports:
Notable musicians Jackson Browne, Foo Fighters, John Mellencamp, John Hall, and ABBA (?!?!) all demanded Sen. John McCain quit using their tunes during his 2008 campaign; the Wilson sisters from Heart famously reprimanded Sarah Palin for using “Barracuda” to promote herself that same year. Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist was sued by his doppelgänger David Byrne for using a Talking Heads song in 2010. And, of course, George W. Bush made a fair amount of enemies in Mellencamp, Tom Petty, and Sting.
Republicans are not without hope. MEDIAite suggests Lee Greenwood; Huetteman reminds readers Lynard Skynard.and Kid Rock will play the Republican convention.

HT: Ed Kilgore

2 comments:

Mike Larson said...

This makes me laugh because "Testify" is my far my favorite Rage song. Ryan must just like the beat and doesn't listen to the words.

LK said...

I suppose you're right, Mike.

I just don't see how that's possible with Rage. I'm a heck of a lot older than you or Ryan and even I know that Rage is political band.

I know kids who claim not to hear the lyrics. Those same kids are mouthing the lyrics when they're wearing the headphones.