I don’t like to put down art. I really don’t. I’ll express my opinion, I’ll say that something isn’t for me, but I don’t like to put down art in any context. In fact, I make it a rule. There’s an exception to every rule. This inauguration is one of those exceptions.
This line-up. Holy shit.
First of all, when it comes to music there always was quite the contrast this entire election season. For example, I was and still am a Bernie supporter. Bernie Sanders helped open a Youth Music Center in Burlington which went on to be a legendary punk venue throughout the 80s. So he helped some of the most significant DIY music movements in the US. Donald Trump is a casino mogul. So he helped some of the cheesiest cover bands on the planet. And he actually got one of them for the inauguration.
The B-Street Band, a Bruce Springsteen cover band, will be filling the inauguration with songs written by a man who’s vocally pro-Union, progressive and was outspoken against Bush and Trump, and I’m sure we can expect some anti-Trump songs from him in the future. Having a Bruce Springsteen cover band at Trump’s inauguration is like having a Bob Marley cover band at a KKK Rally, or like having a Bob Marley cover band at a Trump inauguration. Chris Christie is stoked for B-Street because he’s a big Bruce fan, he even said he’ll be sitting front row to really create that “Jersey Shore” essence.
Next we have a band that won’t be playing covers but will be playing their original music, which is rather tragic: 3 Doors Down. Now, 3 Doors Down has played a number of Republican events including one of G.W. Bush’s inaugurations. But they’re neutral politically. By their own admission they’ve “never been a political band.” Their views and what they stand for is as vague and insipid as their lyrics. Sadly, these village idiots with guitars never got the memo that playing rock-n-roll (or some watered down version of it) is in and of itself a political act. Rock music came from the marginalized, from the fringes, it had attitude, it was confrontational, it had an element of cool, an element of hip, an element of danger, and it had no room, time, or need for authority. I’m not saying you need to be politically left to play rock-n-roll, but you don’t have the option to stand for nothing at all. Stand for nothing and you’re not a musician, you’re a sell-out.
The Mormon choir is not surprising. Out of all the most conservative sects of christianity, Trump has the most in common with the Mormons. Especially given the fact that the Mormon church’s support of Prop 8 means both they and Trump should be paying taxes. Personally I think all churches should pay taxes but we can start with the ones that broke the law first.
Toby Keith. Just typing the name made me yawn. Of course he’s there, how else could he get relevant press?
And lastly, those poor Rockettes.
This inauguration is filled with groups torn on whether they even want to be there, a walking billboard for domestic beer, a band with one hit and zero brains, and a cover band that has zero respect for the artist whose material they’re peddling and was probably only available because it’s a slow time for weddings. The only thing that comes to mind is the same thing that closes many of Not-A-President’s Tweets: Sad!
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