Rocking The Vote

In 2000, one of the presidential debates took place at Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem, N.C., some 80 miles west of Chapel Hill, N.C., where I grew up. Although we didn't have tickets to the event itself, two friends and I scored invitations to Al Gore's post-debate party at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum Theater. If I remember correctly, we used our press credentials, as reporters and editors for the East Chapel Hill Observer, our [venerable] high-school newspaper. (I think we laminated them ourselves).

Although my memory of the debate, which we watched on a giant screen, is hazy, I do recall — with real fondness — the Saturday Night Live parody that followed:

I digress. When the debate ended, we waited an eternity for Al Gore to appear. "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet," Gore's campaign theme song, played over and over again. The crowd grew restless — and tired of Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Indeed, we hadn't seen nothin' — or anyone. And c'mon, the band is Canadian!

As my colleague, Sarah Handel, pointed out, repetition is the hallmark of the campaign mix tape. On the show today, Carrie Brownstein, of Sleater-Kinney and NPR Music, will talk to us about campaign theme songs. (She mused on them here). Do you have a favorite? Or a suggestion? No BTO! We'll pull the best ones, to play on the show.



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Hillary Clinton--"My Boyfriend's Back" OR "These Boots Were Made For Walking".
Edwards "I'm Still Here"

Sent by Yvonne | 2:44 PM | 1-29-2008

A great new song for Obama would be "Ace" by Always Searching.

Sent by Lisa | 4:13 PM | 1-29-2008

i didn't know about monitor mix until now ...i turned on npr after weeks of ignoring the news... (i have been listening to music really loud in my car and for the most part skipping the news since bhutto's assassination put me in an emotional whirlwind and i just wasn't ready to go back quite yet. in any case, i heard you guys on the radio yesterday. very clever and sweet and insightful. it tickled me pink. thanks for a good show. and now i have discovered the blog as well. yum. its cotton candy fun.

Sent by shmaila khan | 10:13 AM | 1-30-2008

yeah yeah yeah by flaming lips for Obama in his call for being responsible for change

Sent by allison | 3:12 PM | 1-30-2008

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