Wednesday, June 25, 2008

iPods in the News.

This morning, the editor of Rolling Stone said that Obama has great musical taste, which doesn't surprise me. In an interview with RS, Obama admits that he has "pretty eclectic tastes."

What's on his iPod?

The Rolling Stones, Ludacris, Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, and Dylan. He's quoted as saying, "One of my favourites ... is Maggie's Farm. It speaks to me as I listen to some of the political rhetoric." There's also Miles, Coltrane and Charlie Parker. Pretty decent mix, if you ask me.

Curious, I looked up Bush's iPod list and found this partial list:

John Fogerty, Van Morrison, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Knack, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Alan Jackson, George Jones, Kenny Chesney, Eric Clapton, Robert Palmer and Bryan Adams.

Not too unexpected. No Hammell on Trial or Steve Earle.

Cheney's iPod?

The VP rocks out to Hank Williams, some tunes from the 40's and the wails of tortured prisoners. Again, no surprises.

Hillary Clinton's iPod is pretty cool. Her playlist is boomer-centric with the Beatles, the Eagles and Aretha. No Celine Dion.

And John McCain's iPod: Abba.

Mama Mia.

So, what's on your iPod? And would it hurt you if you ran for office?


Unknown said...

I'm so old and uncool that I don't even own an iPod.

JD Rhoades said...

Well, I have ABBA and Steve Earle. Also Buddy Guy, Aerosmith, Belle and Sebastian, Fountains of Wayne, Motorhead, Rob Zombie, Lucinda Williams, AC/DC, Enya, The Austin Lounge Lizards, Tom Waits, Randy Newman, Nanci Griffith, Van Morrison, Coldplay, Blind Faith, and the Sweeney Todd movie soundtrack.

I suppose something in there's bound to piss off somebody.

Anonymous said...

Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, Pink Floyd, Coldplay, Deep Purple, King Crimson, and...

"Elmer Fudd Reads Porno"

(It's not dirty... "It's ewotic! Huh-huh-huh-huh-huh!")

Oh, yeah. Almost forgot.

BOTH versions of "Land of Confusion"

So tell me. Why did Mike Rutherford seem only mildly annoyed at Ronald Reagan, but Disturbed wouldn't mind seeing George W. Bush blown up?

Oh. Forgot. Bush=Drunken frat boy who wraps country around pole.

Anonymous said...

I guess the most embarassing thing I've got is a couple William Shatner "songs". Let me quickly add that they're all produced by Ben Folds. For some, that probably doesn't excuse it, but they still crack me up.

Of course, to balance things out, I've also got Bebel Gilberto, Brian Setzer, Chris Isaak, Gogol Bordello, Hamell On Trial, Hank Williams, Rage Against the Machine, Randy Newman, Soul Coughing, Tom Waits, The White Stripes...

Beneath the Carolina Moon said...

I own a cube instead of an ipod. Third Eye Blind, Three Doors Down, Blue Oyster Cult, Van Morrison, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Cream, Led Zep, Iron Butterfly, Practically everything Motown except the Jackson Five.

Have you noticed, that some of the media have quit reporting on Obama, and started writing a joint Obama romance novel?


Kent said...

Our family has (so far) a 4GB, a 60GB, an 80GB, and a 160GB crew of fully loaded iPods.

No Celine Dion or Bryan Adams, thanks.

Tons of blues, rock-n-roll, country (the real stuff as opposed to the pop stuff nashville churns out, such as that Chesney jackass), jazz, folk, etc.

Some favorites:
Johnny Cash
Waylon Jennings
DJ Shadow
The Lazy Cowgirls
Dale Watson
Son Seals

Anyway, I think it would be more telling to see which albums by the artists mentioned are on those politician's iPods. The album is often more telling than the artist.

Anonymous said...

SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON (You have a husband / I have a wife / If you start to talking / You're going to mess up our lives) (I've been cruising down the River Rhine!)
The legendary FRANK STOKES
JELLY ROLL -- Fickle Fay Creeper! Jungle Blues!
HOT FIVES! Hotter Than That! I'm Not Rough!
Charlie Christian
Mississippi John Hurt
Lord Invader
Flatt and Scruggs
Woody Guthrie (Scattered wives and childrens / All over that mountainside)
Carter Family
Blind Lemon
Memphis Minnie
Ravi Shankar
Max Roach
Fats Waller
Wes Montgomery
Jimmie Rodgers
Hank Williams
Patsy Cline
Robert Johnson
Bessie Smith
Tom Waits
Villa Lobos
Johnny Cash
Clifton Chenier (I'm a Hog for You Baby)
John Hartford
Bill Monroe


David Terrenoire said...

What an eclectic crowd reads this blog. I am so gratified.