But sometimes we wish we’d never said anything and instead just encouraged artists to stick to what they do best — making pretty songs and insisting we not look them in the eye when they pass us backstage. A few cases in point:
Madonna: The pop icon has been railing against Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain and his running mate almost nightly on her current Sticky & Sweet Tour.
First, she banned Palin from attending her concerts (not that the Alaskan governor was going to get within shooting range of one anyway). Then, during a show this week, she dropped an impromptu verse that confirmed a few things for us: Madonna probably doesn’t realize what kind of muscle it takes to field dress a moose, Madonna fans will clap along to anything, and saying you’re going to kick someone’s ass and then adding the caveat “It’s nothing personal, I love her soul” kinda defeats the purpose.
Art Alexakis: Then there’s our old friend Art, singer for Everclear, who never met a controversy he couldn’t try to create from scratch, preferably one having to do with Jesus. Alexakis’ latest cry for attention is the free online tune “Jesus Was a Democrat,” which his publicist described as “Alexakis tackles religious and political hypocrisy head-on with lyrical vibrancy and epic rock n’ roll swagger.”
A few choice lines:
“If Jesus was a democrat like the bible says he was” (Really? I missed that chapter.)
“If Jesus was alive today he would be sad to see/ That it is no different than it used to be” (You mean his 401(k) was also wiped out a Biblical mortgage market meltdown?)
“I think Jesus would have been a card-carrying liberal/ If he was a young man born in the U.S.A./ He would not be “fiscally conservative”/ And he wouldn’t vote for John McCain” (I bet that sounded way smoother in your head than it does in the outside world.)
Aaron Tippin: Yeah, we were on board when the Village-People-mustache-sporting country singer released the America, F— Yeah! song “You’ve Got to Stand for Something,” back in the ’90s and the post-9/11 “Where the Stars and Stripes and Eagle Fly.” And we, frankly, didn’t really notice when he put out “Drill Here, Drill Now” a year ago, way before Palin and McCain got their people shouting “Drill, Baby, Drill!”
But now that the song is getting a new life thanks to Palin’s drill-happy speeches, we went and looked at the lyrics:
“Now I don’t know what a gallon of gas costs up on Capitol Hill/ But we sure know what it cost down here in Reality-ville/And the damage already done has been a mighty heavy toll/ And if we’re gonna fix it, we gotta start right here at home. Drill here, drill now/ How ’bout some oil from our own soil that belongs to us anyhow/ No more debatin’, we’re tired of waitin’/ Everybody shout out loud/ Drill here, drill now”
Really, Aaron? Reality-ville? I hope that’s not anywhere near the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, because it’s gonna take years to get that oil flowing. Really.