Even Ludacris is in the act, rapping about being on Obamas iPod in his new song, Politics. Obamas peeps scrambled to denounce the song because it took some shots at Hillary, McCain, Jesse and mentally handicapped Bush. But its a pretty good jam with plenty of bass, drums and heart. If I were Obama, Id start my day listening to it with the volume way up and a cup of strong coffee.
Beyond that, theres no accounting for musical tastes. You can tell a lot about people by the kind of music they listen to, so maybe the media is on to something here.
Recently, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen endorsed Obama, so naturally, Jenn Wenner, the editor of Rolling Stone, asked him what Dylan songs he had on his iPod.
Ive got probably 30 Dylan songs on my iPod, Obama said. I think I have the entire Blood on the Tracks album on there.
Okay, not what you‘d expect from a multi-racial senator from the Chicago area, but anything‘s possible. Entertainment Weekly magazine also reveals that Obamas iPod packs plenty of Jay-Z, along with Frank Sinatra, Sheryl Crow, John Coltrane and a lot of R&B.
As a citizen, Id feel pretty safe going to sleep at night, knowing that my president was listening to Frank Sinatra, Jay-Z or Sugar Pie Honeybunch, wouldnt you? Those are much better choices than, say, the Insane Clown Posse.
John McCain isnt much into the computer/iPod thing, but Entertainment Weekly reports that he likes ABBA, Roy Orbison, Usher and Linda Ronstadt. (McCain is kind of a rebel with that last one, considering that Ronstadt was kicked out of a Vegas casino a few years back for dissing George Bush.)
I dont have an iPod (being too cheap and lazy to get around to downloading songs), but there are tunes by The Killers, Coldplay, Phoebe Snow, The London Beat, Tim Buckley and Jesse Cook collecting moss on my computer.
What about you? Whats on your iPod? Heres some speculation on what folks in the news may be packing these days:
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is trying to dodge too many legal problems to list. So hes probably listening to The Clashs version of I Fought the Law (and the Law Won), along with Back on the Chain Gang by The Pretenders, Smooth Criminal by Michael Jackson and I Will Survive by Gloria Gayner.
John Edwards, who was recently outed for cheating on his cancer-stricken wife, is digging Loser by Beck on his iPod, along with Your Cheatin Heart by Hank Williams.
Omelette & Finster: Are the KLT yakkers secret fans of Hannah Montana and the screechy ballads of Celine Dion? Only their iPods know for sure... But
seriously, Id expect to find Crazy Train by the Ozz in constant rotation on their
iPods, or else something totally unexpected, like Vivaldi.
TC Mayor Mike Estes has a plan to spend $6 million over the next six years to fix the citys bumpy roads. Perhaps he‘s listening to Willie Nelsons On the Road Again and AC/DCs Highway to Hell for inspiration.
Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps? That would be We Are the Champions by Queen and The Swimming Song by Loudon Wainwright III. Also, Splish, Splash, I Was Takin a Bath by Bobby Darin.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has several versions of Georgia On My Mind on his iPod, sung by Lou Rawls, Hoagy Carmichael, Alicia Keys and Ray Charles. He cant seem to get enough of that tune for some reason.
Dick Cheney? Glad you asked: Hes got the Appetite for Destruction CD by Guns N Roses on his iPod, along with the Thug Life tunes of Tupac Shakur. Got any Trick Daddy? ICP? No doubt.
George Bush cant get enough of Barney the Purple Dinosaur. Also, Im a Little Teapot, a private, home recording; and Rocket to Russia by the Ramones. Anything but the Dixie Chicks.
Garfield Township voters who swept the entire township board and supervisor out of office in the recent election? Hit the Road, Jack by Ray Charles and The Thrill is Gone by B.B. King.
Local TV weather teams have had some seriously botched reports over the past few weeks (rain and wind when its supposed to shine, and sunny when its predicted to rain, etc.). Ive canceled weekend plans based on their predictions, only to find out later that their much-touted
Doppler radar seems to have wigged out. Perhaps theyre listening to Stormy Weather by Lena Horne and Radar by Britney Spears...
Express readers: Got to be You Are So Beautiful To Me by Joe Cocker and Neva Have 2 Worry by Snoop Dogg.