We've been learning quite a bit about the musical tastes of would-be Democratic presidential nominees as this campaign season goes on: for instance, Bill de Blasio loves ska (and The Clash, and reggae), while Beto O'Rourke said, "it would be an honor to have The Mars Volta" (including his old Foss bandmate Cedric Bixler-Zavala) "play anything along the campaign or in this presidency." In the case of Joe Biden, some unearthed video footage from 2001 doesn't reveal a favorite artist or genre, but it does show him arguing in favor of a bill, RAVE, or "Reducing Americans’ Vulnerability to Ecstasy," about how much he hates, well... raves. "If I were governor of my state or the mayor of my town," he says, "I would be passing new ordinances relating to stiff criminal penalties for anyone who held a rave, the promoter, the guy who owns the building. I would put the son of a gun in jail. I would change the law."
"There is no doubt about where these raves are," he continues. "In the middle of the desert. Arrest the promoter. Find a rationale unrelated to drugs. For example, I'm the guy who brought through the Crack House legislation. We can use the Crack House legislation to tear down these buildings."
RAVE had its name changed to "The Illicit Drug Anti-Proliferation Act" and became law in 2003. As Austin Chronicle pointed out following its passage, the law "expands the existing federal 'crack house statute'’ (also authored by Biden) by enabling the government to prosecute any person that makes available any property for any use if drugs—even those being held by a third party—are found on the premises during the event."
Watch video of Biden ranting about raves on CSPAN, and in the clip below.