HOT: List of “Things You Can Do Drunk” Gets Bigger
Some music fans have exposed the ludicrousness of Super PACs (“political action committees” that fund campaigns without spending limits) by getting drunk and forming one of their own. According to Rolling Stone, the friends were wasted when they jokingly thought up the anti-Romney “Hall and Oates Fans for America” PAC, dedicated to the ’80s hitmakers for “predicting” Romney’s campaign in songs like “I Can’t Go For That.” (Hey, they were drunk.) Like most drunken schemes, the gag — which involved downloading and faxing a form — was forgotten about until the men started getting calls from reporters. Hall and Oates asked that the PAC be halted and the founders obliged. Still, it shows that it’s now officially easier to form a Super PAC than place an order at a White Castle drive-thru at 3 a.m.
In Mitt Romney’s big revelation about his musical tastes in Parade, the presidential hopeful mostly fed into white people stereotypes — he likes The Beach Boys, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney and Toby Keith. But, in his unmistakably robotic speaking style, Romney revealed one odd pick: “The Killers are one group I enjoy.” Like Romney, Killers’ singer Brandon Flowers is a Mormon; unlike Romney, Flowers has performed at Obama’s White House and played a rally for Democratic senator Harry Reid.
COLD: Classic Rock and the Death of a Neil
The coverage of Neil Armstrong’s death had two weird musical components. A 2009 piece in The Guardian was dug up and spread around online, featuring guitarist David Gilmour discussing how Pink Floyd was invited to the BBC studios in 1969 to provide musical relief during live coverage of the moon landing. To break up the dullness of covering one of the biggest events in our planet’s history (BBC’s foreshadowing of U.S. cable news?), the Beeb “thought that to provide a bit of a break they would show us jamming,” Gilmour said. Meanwhile, Rock fans who rely on NBC’s site for breaking news discovered that Neil Young had died (and walked on the moon once). “Astronaut Neil Young, first man to walk on the moon, dies at age 82,” the site proclaimed (for about seven minutes before it was fixed).