You’ve all seen this by now, right?
Aside from production issues, and they are legion–the green-screen problems periodically turning the woman on the left’s top or bottom ghost-like, John McCain’s weird disembodied head bouncing in a crazy zig-zag, the cheap electronic music, the fact that none of the “McCain Girls” are singers and “Rainin’ Men” is not an easy song to sing, etc.–this is an interesting entry into the election-year music video scene.
I’m interested in the ways that the song has been mangled to create pure political material. Not at all unlike “Rock Around Barak,” where the original had implications that are simply not part of the remake, there seems to be nothing but a formal reason to sing a version of “It’s Rainin’ Men” here. That is, nothing about that song, except for the notion of men (and John McC as one) seems to suggest the political content of the new version. It’s why, for me, “Yes, We Can” remains the only genuinely compelling piece of political art from this campaign season–it is the only one in which form and content are basically integrated.
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I don’t know what to do with Pearl Jam’s new Barak recording, “Barak Around the Clock.” [Sorry, It’s broken]
I suppose it’s meant to be funny; or maybe “edgy,” like, ironic, you know. Said with rising inflection. It’s pretty stupid, as political statements go and as music; cornball, whatever.
Mostly it makes me wonder if Pearl Jam is really still that juvenile. Makes me say “Eew, dudes, grow the hell up!” Am I really that old???
The Vulture has a funny post here, titled: “Pearl Jam Will Not Rest Until John McCain Elected President.” I wouldn’t go that far–I don’t think this has the potential to hurt Obama; but I would say “Pearl Jam Will Not Rest Until Every Shred of Their Credibility and Dignity Is Forever Gone.”
Well, apparently Pearl Jam is running away from “Barak Around the Clock.” For whatever reason (I’m inclined to think the extent of mockery on the internets, but who knows) they’ve pulled it from their website. If someone finds a working link I’ll re-link, but for the moment you’ll just have to imagine it. Or go see David Daniel and his band perform it on Youtube.
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