Barack Obama clinches nomination, unleashes tide of questionable music blogging

    It’s been less than twenty-four hours since Barack obama claimed victory in the Democratic presidential primary, and already the music blogging has begun. NME considers it big news that Obama celebrated his victory with U2 (or was it the new Coldplay?) and Wired is posting an Obama “Victory Soundtrack”. While most of the music mentioned is predictable, the political commentary portends some uncomfortable moments as hipness mixes with the real politics of the country’s racial divide:

     

    And now, for the first time ever, a black man is on track to inhabit the White House, fulfilling Parliament-Funkadelic’s dream of turning Washington, D.C. into Chocolate City. Unfortunately for P-Funk’s iconoclastic frontman George Clinton — no relation to Hillary or Bill, for you squares in the house — Reverend Ike Turner and Richard Pryor have passed away, and are unable to fill the positions of Secretary of the Treasury and Minister of Education. Similarly, Muhammad Ali and Aretha Franklin will have to forego their positions as President and First Lady, as Barack and Michelle Obama will be handling those duties. Which leaves only Stevie Wonder to fill Clinton’s other invented position, Secretary of Fine Arts.Hey, one out of five ain’t bad

     

    Music will be a peripheral part of Obama’s campaign, but he’s already established enough indie credentials from his association with the Decemberists and Arcade Fire to show that music tastes can bridge cultural divides. He should, however, try to do better than U2 for future victory rallies. [Wired]