ROCK in the USA

Posted on: 8th November, 2016

Category: Music

Contributor: Mark Holland

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Just one week out and (at the time of writing) the polls have Clinton on at least 80 per cent to win the race; right now would be perfect timing for Trump to get a bounce, if his supporters are more committed than hers, it could be new undies all around. Either way American politics has reached a critical pinnacle, a clever dedicated activist versus a privileged TV show host who claims to represent the ordinary Jane! You have to feel sorry for her though, Hillary that is, not Jane, an opponent of any substance at all could have allowed her to debate policy, he has managed to bring out the worst in her.

Our own government election earlier this year was boring enough; then there was the dreadful chance that it would be re-run! It is unfortunate that as Global minnows we have to keep an eye over our shoulder at what the others are doing. At least we were spared the agony of three months pondering who would replace David Cameron when Teresa May took his seat while it was still warm – good girl yourself. Thank the gods that this one is nearly over.

Poor old Donald though – he’s like a big grumpy bear that nobody else wants to play with. He keeps beaming his rays upon the musical glitterati who in turn keep trying to swat him, shoo him away before anyone sees them together. From the playlist of songs that are used at his rallies, the Rolling Stones come out really badly with six (SIX!) tunes on the list despite their protestations, including ‘You can’t always get what you want’ (?), ‘Let’s spend the night together’ (appropriate?), ‘Time is on my side’ and ‘Start me up’. Springsteen must be flippin’ sick of the amount of campaigns that have used ‘Born in the USA’ as a backing track despite it being an anti-war song. Queen, ‘We are the Champions’, cannot get him to stop using it at live events as they cannot prevent any dj who has paid to licence the use of the recorded song at any live event. Adele’s lines “we could have had it all”, and “when it crumbles, we will stand tall, face it all together”, you have to wonder was it an image of Trump that she had in her mind at the time? He is after all a fan, hello!

Elton John ‘doesn’t really want to be involved’. Pavarotti’s family have said that Trump does not represent the values of brotherhood and solidarity expressed artistically throughout the flamboyant tenor’s career. REM’s Michael Stipe (it’s the End of the World as we Know it) called it a “…moronic charade of a campaign” and bandmate Mike Mills referred to “…the orange clown”. Dee Snider, a friend of Trump’s, from the band Twisted Sister, initially thought it would be cool but eventually had to plead with him to stop using the song as the association of an endorsement was too much.

But Neil Young dealt with the situation head on during a performance of his song ‘Keep on Rocking in the Free World’, when he, without missing a beat, slotted in the tagline ‘feck you Donald Trump’ or words to that effect.

“Que sera, sera…”

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