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Bill Clinton Won in ’92 Because He Could Jam, You Know?

Posted in Uncategorized by vinylrecordsunc on October 20, 2008

Hey Vinyl readers, are you still undecided about who you want to vote for? If you’ve looked at the issues for hours on end and listened to Rush Limbaugh and Jesse Jackson until you want to kill someone but you still cannot figure out who to bubble in, you should go to the tiebreaker of all tiebreakers – what music John McCain and Barack Obama like.

I know that when I pick a girl up for a first date, I hand her the iPod in my car and ask her to select the music, like some kind of secret test. So, why not use the same rigorous litmus test for who I vote for? I know that if I were old enough to care about politics in 1992, I would have been blown away by Bill Clinton playing sax on the Arsenio Hall show. Music matters to me. Thankfully, people realize that. This website has a story about where Blender asked the two leading candidates to list their ten favorite songs. The answers were:

Barack Obama:

  1. Fugees – “Ready or Not”
  2. Marvin Gaye – “What’s Going On”
  3. Bruce Springsteen – “I’m on Fire”
  4. The Rolling Stones – “Gimme Shelter”
  5. Nina Simone – “Sinnerman”
  6. Kanye West – “Touch the Sky”
  7. Frank Sinatra – “You’d Be So Easy to Love”
  8. Aretha Franklin – “Think”
  9. U2 – “City of Blinding Lights”
  10. – “Yes I Can”

John McCain:

  1. ABBA – “Dancing Queen”
  2. Roy Orbison – “Blue Bayou”
  3. ABBA – “Take a Chance on Me”
  4. Merle Haggard – “If We Make it Through December”
  5. Dooley Wilson – “As Time Goes By”
  6. The Beach Boys – “Good Vibrations”
  7. Louis Armstrong – “What a Wonderful World”
  8. Frank Sinatra – “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”
  9. Neil Diamond – “Sweet Caroline”
  10. The Platters – “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”

Both Obama and McCain have better picks than one would expect. Thank god there isn’t any Lee Greenwood on those lists. Obama reminds everyone that we need to listen to the Fugees more. McCain seems to know what a perfect pop song sounds like, and gets major ironic hipster cred for putting ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” at the top spot. Kudos to both.

Now, just forget about all that unimportant stuff, like abortion rights, the economy, taxes, and wars, and make your decision on the most important issue of all – which candidate would have a better mix played at their inaugural ball.

And like famed music mogul Sean Combs said, VOTE OR DIE!!!!

– Matt


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  1. lofimusic said, on October 23, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    I give a slight edge to McCain for including Roy Orbison. It looks like both lists were prepared with a great deal of image-control in mind.

    Bill Clinton is a mediocre Sax player. I’m not impressed

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