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Thursday, December 6, 2007

Music for Obama, Reviewed in Advance

posted by on December 6 at 13:25 PM

Looks like the lineup has been announced for Barack Obama’s $100-a-ticket “Generation Obama” fundraiser at Showbox SoDo on Dec. 11. The “Special Musical Guests” are: Brad and The Dusty 45s

To which Stranger music editor Jonathan Zwickel replies:

That is so lame. That’s a blown opportunity. You can quote this. (Gives a thumbs-down).

Stranger music writer Megan Seling says:

Isn’t he trying to go for youths? Because of this I’m voting for Hillary.

Fucking in the Streets columnist Eric Grandy says:

Yech. That’s some bad shit. It’s very middling, non-energetic. Which I thought is not supposed to be the tempo of his campaign.

But film editor Annie Wagner has her own theories:

This is coming after the Oprah appearances. Who has $100 to go see some band? It’s older women, and they’re gonna love it.

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It must have been a tough decision for Oprah. Vote for a black guy, or vote for a white woman.

I'm not surprised, though. She has no respect for Hillary, because Hillary was never what you would call a "full time mother", which Oprah claims is the hardest job in the world (with a straight face).

Posted by Oprah dumb. | December 6, 2007 1:31 PM

I think Annie hit the nail on the head.

Posted by Hernandez | December 6, 2007 1:41 PM

Well at least its not Donnie McClurkin.

Posted by Jersey | December 6, 2007 1:41 PM

I like to listen to the Dusty 45's but not if the money goes to America-hating people.

Posted by Will in Seattle | December 6, 2007 1:44 PM


Oprah doesn't even have kids. She says that for her audience. Who do you think has the luxury of watching TV in the middle of the afternoon?

Posted by keshmeshi | December 6, 2007 1:45 PM

the blue scholars shouldve been the first choice, but theyre already playing 5 nights in a row later on this month, the contract for which probably precluded any other gigs in december.

Posted by jz | December 6, 2007 1:47 PM


True, true, true.

Posted by Mr. Poe | December 6, 2007 1:51 PM

@6: I'm sure that previous contracts and conflicting schedules were the case for many contenders. And, turn-around time on booking that show was short.

It's a weird bill, for sure, but pretty smart. People are there for Obama, the music is secondary.

Brad's reunion shows in NY & Seattle this Fall were sold out, and the Dusty 45's consistently draw. It's a wide musical range, with an older target.

It's still early in the game. We're going to see a lot of rock & roll support for Obama to come.

Posted by kerri harrop | December 6, 2007 1:56 PM

Blue Scholars would have been awesome, but the obvious choice here is the Presidents of the United States of America.

Posted by Eric Grandy | December 6, 2007 2:06 PM

Obama's failure to play the obscure indie cred game makes him a terrible choice for President. Who cares what his positions on war and peace are -- his bands suck and that's NOT COOL.

Posted by Fnarf | December 6, 2007 2:59 PM

fnarf, you are so right. it's not cool. like megan, i will also back hillary because of this. an outrage of this magnitude just cannot be forgiven. what would he do next, like..try to bridge the divide that is laying waste a polarized nation? eww.

Posted by ellarosa | December 6, 2007 3:06 PM

"Dusty 45s" will be a good description of this audience demographic.

Posted by DOUG. | December 6, 2007 3:14 PM

And after all, that's what's important -- hip music. Old people aged 45 and up have terrible taste, and they never bother to vote anyway, so why cater to them?

Posted by Fnarf | December 6, 2007 3:18 PM

oh my god, fnarf, YOU should run for 1st DJ--i mean president. assuming you've never hired an illegal immigrant, tho, right?

Posted by ellarosa | December 6, 2007 3:35 PM

@10: *swoon*

thanks fnarf. i needed that.

Posted by kerri harrop | December 6, 2007 3:59 PM

Yeah, well, his fundraising audience isn't hip, unemployed, Slog-reading losers...

Posted by bigyaz | December 6, 2007 4:16 PM

I agree with @9.

And um, excuse me?

Posted by Will in Seattle | December 6, 2007 5:15 PM

Isn't Mark Pickerel the drummer the Dusty 45's?

Posted by Hal | December 7, 2007 2:10 AM

Isn't Mark Pickerel the drummer for the Dusty 45's?

Posted by Hal | December 7, 2007 2:11 AM

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