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Santorum, Election Playlist, Whitney

By Mike Breen · February 15th, 2012 · Minimum Gauge

Metal Misunderstandings 

Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum does not believe Heavy Metal is the “most dangerous force in America today” and responsible for tragedies like the 9/11 attacks and Obamacare, despite those claims made in a widely-circulated post titled, “Rick Santorum Declares War On Heavy Metal,” on the blog The Tyranny of Tradition. Metal fans’ disbelief turned to outrage -— did America’s possible next President actually say, “many of these brand new, so-called heavy metal music bands like Black Sabbath, Venom, The WASP and Iron Maiden use satanic imagery to corrupt the minds of young people”? Finally, music website Noisecreep  revealed that the blog that broke the story was a known satirical “fake news” site.

The “news” spread so far because it’s totally fathomable.


Obama Drops New Mixtape

President Obama’s “2012 Election Playlist” was posted recently on Spotify (credited to Obama and his young campaign staffers). In a 2010 Rolling Stone interview, Obama said the 2,000 songs on his iPod included faves like Coltrane, Miles Davis, some opera, some Classical music, Jay-Z, Nas, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder and “a lot of Rolling Stones.” His 2012 playlist has none of those artists. There are songs by James Taylor and Springsteen, plus his new karaoke jam “Let’s Stay Together,” but there is a suspiciously large number of Country songs (Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Sugarland, Zac Brown Band. Elsewhere, the list panders to Latinos (Ricky Martin), hipster dads (Wilco) and Bono (U2). 


Pitiful Posthumous Pile-On

Despite Whitney Houston’s emergence as a “human punchline” later in life, it appeared people would be respectful after her sudden death Grammys weekend. Then I remembered that thing called “the internet”: Social media missives blamed Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown for her drug issues and death; the often funny news aggregation site Fark had a link to a story about Houston’s death with the headline “Whitney Houston beats Bobby Brown to death”; and, as her albums shot up iTunes’ charts, in the U.K., her record label raised prices on Houston’s music as much as 60 percent. Sony said they just fixed an incorrectly listed wholesale price, but quickly marked the tracks back down.



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