Posted in music on February 5, 2008

note: Super Tuesday is today, so don't forget to vote.

Wilco and Obama (CRED)
Wilco and Obama

Music blog Hard To Find A Friend contacted a few musicians & industry people, and not surprisingly found out most of them were voting for Obama. Anyone who saw Joanna Newsom at BAM last week knows what she thinks, and Morrissey wears it on his shirt. Craig Wedren, Wilco, The Grateful Dead, and some comedians have also let us know where they stand.

The Guardian also has an article on this very subject today. They report that.....

...On the Republican side... there are not very many famous activist musicians. Ted Nugent, he who once said "We should Nagasaki [Iraq]" has turned out in favour of conservative Mike Huckabee, while moderate John McCain will have Burt Bacharach tickling his ivories. Libertarian long-shot Ron Paul is backed by Krist Novoselic, formerly of Nirvana. Country-singer Pat Boone has loaned his septuagenarian twang to the campaign of Mitt Romney, who can also count on the help of fellow Mormons Donny and Marie Osmond....
Other musicians for Ron Paul (not Ru Paul) include John Mayer (I think), and TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek. I wonder what his friend Scarlett Johansson would say. You can see her in one of the two Obama-themed music videos below.....

Yes We Can - Barack Obama Music Video

Celebrities featured include: Jesse Dylan, Will.i.am, Common, Scarlett Johansson, Tatyana Ali, John Legend, Herbie Hancock, Kate Walsh, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Adam Rodriquez, Kelly Hu, Adam Rodriquez, Amber Valetta, Eric Balfour, Aisha Tyler, Nicole Scherzinger and Nick Cannon
"I Got a Crush on Obama." by Leah Kauffman

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Comments (62)

The whole Ron Paul thing with John Mayer was a joke.

Posted by Tremags | February 5, 2008 11:53 AM

Dear BV,

I can't fucking vote because the fascist Democratic Party in New York for some reason requires non affiliated voters to register with their party half a fucking year before the primary (when we're not even sure that there will be a candidate running that we support: i.e. Edwards supports who's second choice may be McCain for example...) while any dumb fuck who has never before before can register as a Democrat up until a few weeks before the primary. Brooklyn Vegan, can you use your connections to get this changed so that I can vote for my Democrat candidate of choice to challenge President McCain in 2012?

Thanks, preesh.

-Daft Punk

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2008 12:01 PM

I will vote for whoever represents the interests of musicians, because I am also a lay about who contributes nothing to society.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2008 12:03 PM

^^word

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2008 12:16 PM

I take it BV is for Obama. That's cute

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2008 12:22 PM

I liked this site much better when politics weren't at the forefront every day.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2008 12:28 PM

liking obama has nothing to do with politics, though. people just like feeling cool.

the one cause of the youth besides ending the war has always been universal health care, yet obama does not support that core goal.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2008 12:31 PM

Since when is Pat Boone a country singer? Just because he recorded one crappy country album.
The guy was an awful crooner since the 1950's. Now he is a country singer?

Posted by Kurt C. | February 5, 2008 12:34 PM

what comedians, musicians, parents or any one else think is wrong. vote by researching. this generation is brought up with the internet, one of the core factors in research, research and vote, just don't claim yourself as an independent because you can't vote for the primary. who cares what morrissey thinks, is he even a u.s. citizen? stop bitching and tour with the smiths already you god damn asexual.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2008 12:42 PM

Obama hangs his hat on being fresh and not being part of the machine. No one candidate will ever be able to mimick its voters' exact interests.

Pearl Jam is also supporting Obama with a cover of "I'm A Roustabout" by Elvis - released through their MySpace.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2008 12:53 PM

Chuck Norris is also for Huckabee, you forgot to mention that... to be honest, I'm sick of all of the candidates, except for Ron Paul. He's the only one that doesn't want to take more of our money for crap government programs that benefit no one.

Posted by BeatbytheMan | February 5, 2008 12:59 PM

Of course Morrissey has the right to support whoever he wants, as does Joanna, Win Butler, Conor, Jeff, blah blah and everyone else on the "O-bandwagon". Whatever, just ask yourselves what you are actually supporting, people. Inspiration is great, following through is better. "Change"? What exactly do you think is going to change so fundamentally once President Obama is sworn in? Dennis Kucinich -- now there would be some change.

Posted by fierd'etresocialiste | February 5, 2008 12:59 PM

That should read "Krist Novoselic, currently of Flipper."

Who's this Obama I keep hearing about?

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2008 1:06 PM

You all are too young to be so cynical about politics. fierd'etresocialiste: obviously you don't have any friends or relatives in Iraq, or you wouldn't question how Obama can change things. In fierd'etresocialiste-land, Kucinich is a viable candidate, but back in the real world we do what we can.

Posted by edwyn the bear | February 5, 2008 1:09 PM

but what is he changing, and how.

other than his "blueprint for change" which is light on any real reform, obama, even this late in the campaign, refuses to elaborate.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2008 1:14 PM

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2008 1:14 PM

Mitt Romney and fellow Mormons, the Osmonds. Dear god, that's just frightening. Not as frightening as adding Ted Nugent to that sentence though. whew.

ps. Did you know they make Mitt Romney thongs? Ya think Sisqo endorses Romney?

Posted by Renee | February 5, 2008 1:21 PM

anon 12:01, yesterday, i cried and almost flipped out on the phone (i held back because it wasn't the woman's fault) yesterday because of that stupid rule. my first change was sent last october, but i didn't even think to check until a few weeks ago. it was lost in the mail.

so mad.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2008 1:33 PM

Daft Punk - the deadline to register in New York was January 10th. That's not a half-year the last time I counted. That's laziness on your part.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2008 1:36 PM

you had me at Wilco, but then I saw will.i.am, and I say count.me.out.

Posted by josef | February 5, 2008 1:39 PM

ha that was funny josef! the 'i' in the middle, just like the 'me' in the middle.

heh.

Posted by kindle | February 5, 2008 1:43 PM

PLEASE NOTE:
The last day for New York voters to enroll in a political party or change party enrollment for the 2008 primary elections was October 12, 2007

http://www.lwvnyc.org/election.html

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2008 1:45 PM

@1:45 -- well that's just stupid. damn.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2008 1:56 PM

i am sad to see the lack of support for ron paul. he is the true candidate for change. barack i believe, supports the new world order, globalization and one world government. he is on the judicial watch corruption list and is actually related to dick cheney and george bush.. most of you will probably disagree unfortunately, but if you begin to research the new world order you will see that obama is nothing but hype meant to control the masses. ron paul is the only candidate(except kucinich) that understands what is really going on in the world and how we can begin to stop the fatal direction of this country(and the world).

http://www.judicialwatch.org/judicial-watch-announces-list-washington-s-ten-most-wanted-corrupt-politicians-2007

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2008 2:05 PM

you really need to do more research on ron paul. he's been openly racist, anti-semitic, and homophobic in the past.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2008 2:12 PM

"Daft Punk - the deadline to register in New York was January 10th. That's not a half-year the last time I counted. That's laziness on your part."

That's only for people who had not previously registered at all to vote.

The reason for the state law (not party policy) requiring registered independent voters who wish to affiliate with a party, and registered voters affiliated with a party to change party affiliation, to make the change so far in advance is to prevent troublemakers from joining a party to vote in that party's primary for a candidate who has a poor chance of winning the general election.

As a nearly lifelong Democrat, how do I know all you crybabies who wanted to vote in the Democratic primary aren't closet Nader supporters?

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2008 2:13 PM

before jumping on the ron paul bandwagon, read this:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/6/5/193414/2787

Posted by jp | February 5, 2008 2:15 PM

Molly Neuman, one of the original riot grrrls, supports Hillary Clinton: http://simplesocialgraces.com/news/ (scroll down to 2007-12-31)

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2008 2:17 PM

Anon 2:13 PM - Then the deadline to register to vote should also be 4 months before the election. It is not fair. You really think that unaffiliated voters are more likely to be trouble makers than unregistered voters? You are wrong. It is a bad law. A very bad law that should be changed. Or at least all those people who have been hitting the street in last couple of weeks should've hit 'em just as hard for months ago to remind unenrolled voters that the time to choose between the lesser of the two evils was upon them once again.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2008 2:44 PM

I think most lifelong democrats have very unrealistic assumptions about who "has a poor chance of winning the general election." I.E Hillary has absolutely no chance. None. But those brainwashed by the Demnocratic Party of New York thinks she's God's gift to politics. She is hated. An 18 year old kid who registered last week should not have more rights to determine a candidate than someone who has been voting for years, but just can't stomach the party-line enough to enroll in the club.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2008 2:49 PM

"I liked this site much better when politics weren't at the forefront every day."

OK BV mentions a few posts about how music relates to politics and benefit concerts and all of a sudden politics are at the forefront every day? Give me a break. He hasn't made an endorsement of any type and his posts are politically neutral.

It is Super Tuesday in most states and is it so wrong for him to remind his readers to vote?

Posted by Bao | February 5, 2008 3:05 PM

2:13 poster: What are you talking about? Why would a Nader supporter have any interest in nominating a less electable Democratic candidate? It has been my experience that most Nader supporters have no interest in the Republicrats. Your conspiracy theory is ridiculous. I'm with the other posters who think that non-affiliated voters should be allowed to declare a party as early (Oct. 12, of the previous year) or as late (Jan 10 of the same year) as non registered voters. It is an outrage. What's more outrageous is that I have to hear about it on a music blog! Obviously the 2 big parties like silencing those who don't see in black and white.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2008 3:41 PM

globalization is a positive force in the world and the two party system is not so bad either...it forces moderation and promotes balanced & multiplatform candidates.


Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2008 4:10 PM

@Bao

It's hardly neutral. When has BV posted anything political that doesn't involved Obama? This is a music blog. Unfortunately, there are a lot of idiots who will vote for someone based on who they are endorsed by. That's the only reason anyone would be posting about what artist is supporting who. Just sayin.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2008 4:28 PM

It just happens that all the local benefit concerts in New York City have been for Obama. Most musicians happen to be supporting Obama. If you read the Guardian article it states, "American indie rock is firmly in Barack Obama's camp," which is what this blog is mainly about - indie rock. It is relevant for a music blog to report on what musicians think about the candidates. Seriously, if Sufjan was walking around in a Ron Paul t-shirt and someone got a photograph of it, I'm sure BV would post it.

It's Super Tuesday. There are going to be some more music-politics posts for this ONE day. Stop acting like this site has turned into ProductShop.

Posted by Bao | February 5, 2008 4:42 PM

All these indie types trying to endorse Obama and celebrities being like "oooh I'm married to Obama" is ridiculous. They only like him because he's "hip" and he's not a bitch like Clinton. If they were aware of his politics they'd realize that he is not too dissimilar to Clinton and he does not have much to back up his big talk.

I honestly think Clinton would do a better job but I'd rather vote for Obama because it would be a good change for America and because I don't want to see Clinton's husband thinking that since Hilary got in he somehow got in too.

Go listen to your Arcade Fire and cast a vote for Obama. And then you can watch Juno afterwards. Yay!!!


Posted by Thelonious | February 5, 2008 4:54 PM

A 2 party system forces moderation between two points of view. I kinda like the british parliament where you get the voices of Labour (Democrats), Tories (Republicans) as well as Liberal Democrats (more similar to Greens or left leaning Democrats) and even nut job National Socialist. I think England's democracy is functioning just fine without shutting out the voices of those who speak for different segments of the population.

Don't blame me, I'm voting for Kang.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2008 5:04 PM

@4:54 - you got it. obama and clinton aren't all that different politically. but seriously, if any of you vote for someone because morrissey wore their t-shirt, you really shouldn't be voting.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2008 5:14 PM

absoultely hilarious

"Go listen to your Arcade Fire and cast a vote for Obama. And then you can watch Juno afterwards. Yay!!!"

Posted by clyde | February 5, 2008 6:08 PM

"Give me a break. He hasn't made an endorsement of any type and his posts are politically neutral."
hahaha... you are funny

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2008 6:17 PM

I hope to God Bloomberg runs as an independent.

Posted by Rumpelstiltskin | February 5, 2008 8:41 PM

agreed on the ron paul thing.
vote for him if you want him to build a fucking wall between us and mexico.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2008 9:23 PM

sure, if you want foreign wars, the continued decline of the dollar worldwide, and a government which is more concerned about special interests than the people, by all means vote obama, hillary, mit, mike, or john. They will will only use the mainstream media to lead us like sheep to a slaughterhouse...

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2008 12:01 PM

Ron Paul today @ 1pm, Borders, Wall Street

http://www.bordersstores.com/events/event_detail.jsp?SEID=241421

Posted by brooklynvegan | April 28, 2008 12:22 PM

"I hope to God Bloomberg runs as an independent."

Comedy gold.
At least, that's what God told me to tell you.

Posted by Anonymous | April 28, 2008 1:20 PM

The guy was an awful crooner since the 1950's. Now he is a country singer?

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Posted by debt recovery | November 12, 2009 7:26 AM

Of course I'm posting long after the fact, but I wonder what everyone who voted for Obama thinks now. It would appear he is losing favor with all but his most staunch supporters. Agree?

Posted by Engagement Rings | May 21, 2010 2:26 PM

Many people are criticizing him for his speed (or lack thereof) to do anything that he said during his campaign. With the health care bill and now the oil spill in the Gulf, I agree with the above comment. How comfortable are people in their decision now?

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Interesting considering there is talk that Obama may not be reelected. And who will take his place??? Sarah Palin??? LOL

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