Megadeth Jackass Tells Political Jackasses To Put Down The Instruments, Jackass
Dave Mustaine will not stand for the funky fretwork of Mike Huckabee. In fact, when asked to critique Huckabee’s bass playing for Good Morning America, the worm-infested Megadeth frontman called the art of the bass “one step up from playing the kazoo,” which is another way of asking for a late night ass-whupping from the ghost of Charles Mingus. (Or at least a wedgie from Bootsy.) In addition to grooming 2008’s musically minded prez hopefuls Berry Gordy-style, Dave sez he would also be a valuable ally on the campaign trail thanks to an innate ability to reach adolescents into skulls and blood and blowin’ up stuff.
“I think as far as politics are concerned in music, most musicians shouldn’t say anything unless they’re willing to get into the trenches and fight,” Mustaine told Metal Edge magazine in a 2007 interview. “I put in my Selective Service card when I was 18, but I didn’t get drafted. In 1992 I went to the White House with the Rock the Vote campaign for the Democratic National Convention coverage. I was a participant in getting a bill passed into law, so I am ingrained in the history of this country. I’m probably one of the very few musicians, and the only one in metal that I know of [to do that]. But I’m also the unofficial elected official of the disenfranchised youth of America. I can get into the focus groups and actually say what is relevant. Even though I’m not 18 anymore or struggling with Stridex and testosterone, I do still have an 18-year-old inside of me.”
For those keeping score at home, Dave turned 18 in 1979, making his efforts to not dodge a non-existent draft all the more heroic. But would we want someone who lets Lars Ulrich reduce him to tears in a combat situation anyway?