The Coug Wants John McCain To Get Off His Pink Jock

Feb 5th, 2008 // 8 Comments

mellencampyandtheinfinitesadness.jpgCommunity-minded heartland liberals who also happen to be rock musicians have had to deal with Republican candidates misappropriating their songs since the great Reagan/Springsteen “misunderstanding” of 1984, but John Mellencamp has reached his limit. He’s “quietly” had his “people” approach Republican candidate John McCain to ask him to stop using the mildly patriotic (and awful) “Our Country” and the mildly subversive (and classic) “Pink Houses” at his campaign rallies. It’s easy to understand why McCain would want to use “Our Country”; he was probably just hypnotized like the rest of us by all those mom and apple pie and a two-car garage for everyone Chevy commercials. But Rolling Stone finds it hard to believe that dude even bothered to pull out the lyric sheet to Uh-Huh to see exactly what “Pink Houses” was saying about this great country of ours before he added it to the playlist.

Not to mention that the far-right types whose votes McCain is seeking won’t love the mildly progressive lyrics to “Our Country,” which call on the government to “help the poor and common man” and suggest that “there’s room enough here for science to live/ And there’s room enough here for religion to forgive.” And does McCain really want to associate himself with those “Pink Houses” lines about the “simple man” paying for the “the thrills, the bills and the pills that kill”?

Gasp! Mildly progressive ideas like… helping the poor, the kind of liberalism that not even the most centrist GOP member could campaign behind. Well, at least McCain’s following campaign song tradition this year, as choices by both Republicans and Democratics have been infamously marked by the candidates ignoring or overlooking any “off-message” sentiments in the lyrics. And here he already had a catchy, readymade campaign song, even if that one was a little too on-message.

Mellencamp Asks McCain To Stop Using Tunes [Rolling Stone]

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  1. mike a

    No, really, how do politicians find advisors that SO misunderstand song lyrics? “Pink Houses” has that line about (paraphrasing here) “when I was younger, my daddy told me ‘boy, you gon’ be president’/but like most of my dreams, that one just kinda came and went.” There’s a hopeful campaign anthem right there!

    You’d expect the Dems to be less tone-deaf, but “Don’t Stop” is pretty depressing too if you listen past the chorus.

  2. mike a

    I mean, seriously, let’s just go for it and play “Pink Moon” at campaign rallies.

  3. Garanimal Logic

    Thought McCain was more of an “Authority Song” guy. Damn song stuck in my head now….

  4. MickFNS

    McCain should be using “Hotdogs and Hamburgers”
    or, if he sweeps the thing today, “Ain’t Even Done With The Night.”

  5. Chris N.

    … and then Romney can play “I’m Not Running Anymore.”

  6. Anonymous

    @mike a: I think “Don’t Stop” was just a case of someone important with a sense of humor not being able to resist soundtracking a philanderer with Fleetwood Mac.

  7. Anonymous

    No one at a McCain rally is going to go “Oh my! Pills? I’m going to vote for Romney!” Its about co-opting the warm feelings rednecks have for Mellancamp, or any vaguely popular act who resonates that time back then, when it was good, and the country was great and blacks and women knew their place.

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