Unofficial Music Week Continues
Jacob Weisberg runs down the politics of playlists since that's all the rage these days.
What with Senator Clinton and Secretary Rice and even the President revealing the residents of their iPods, someone needed to analyze.
There's no question he's right about Condi's list being the best of the bunch. But that's no surprise as she's an accomplished musician. Hillary and W. have the most boring playlists ever. I have to disagree with Weisberg on this:
"Take It to the Limit," on the other hand, is such a lame, black-hole-of-the-1970s choice ...
It's the least tired song on the list. Now, I'm not saying I never crank some "Respect" when I'm in the mood, nor am I saying that The Beatles or The Stones have no place of honor on my iPod, but I've heard "Hey Jude" on a semi-daily basis my whole life. Why is it that the Senator and the President felt they needed to only list the most common songs known to Americans? And why is U2 the only act since the 1970s that these people feel they can include? It seems like these people are dead-set on not being remotely hip - like maybe the boomers won't like them if they step out of line?
I remember when they asked the 2004 candidates their favorite war movie and John Edwards answered Dr. Strangelove. It made me fall in love with him all over again. It was that perfect balance: most people have seen it and, yet, it's also hip and not boring.
At the same time, I remember when Howard Dean said he liked Wyclef Jean. I was like ... ummm ... please. Just ... don't.
I'm not asking for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah or something a little bit ridiculously hip like that, but I'd be happy with something from 15 years ago rather than 30. A little Madonna, a little Smashing Pumpkins. If you have to go 60s and 70s, how about Curtis Mayfield? Something off of Bitches Brew? I'd even be happy to see something I hate, if it was not so boring, I think I'd like the person better. I mean, give me something from a musical even.
I think I'm going to make a playlist for my ideal politician. Again, it can be nothing obscure, but it doesn't have to be the most boring selection ever, along the lines of Dr. Strangelove. Let me think about it and get back to y'all. Any ideas?