Summarized by Kent Larsen
LDS Singer Bachman Courted by Both US Presidential Candidates
WASHINGTON, DC -- While watching CNN recently, LDS singer Randy Bachman
noticed that the Gore campaign was using his song "You Ain't Seen Nothing
Yet," at the end of its rallies. Bachman, it seems, was caught between the
two US presidential candidates' campagins, both of whom were using his music
to make their campaigns attractive to voters.
Music has become a big part of US campaigns, with both the Republicans and
Democrats trying to out-do each other musically. Early in the campaign,
Bush's people countered Gore's use of Bachman's BTO hyit with another,
"Takin' Care of Business," somehow appropriate for a more business-oriented
Republican campaign. Bush went on to add tunes by Mellencamp, while Gore
sought to capitalize on his now-famous convention kiss by using the Ojay's
tune "Love Train." These attempts at song manipulation are all bent on
attracting a hard-to-reach political demographic; late 30s to 40-something
blue collar voters from the US rust belt.
When he noticed his music being used, however, Bachman soon realized that he
wasn't being paid royalties for the song. He contacted the Gore campaign,
which then decided not to use his music. Bachman, who actually likes Gore,
proposed instead that he write new lyrics for the Gore campaign, ("You ain't
seen nothin' yet -- we're going to reduce the debt," something like that,
says Bachman), but the campaign hasn't taken him up on it.
Bachman admits that he actually likes Gore, and agrees with Tipper that
music albums should be labeled for the content of the lyrics. He likes Joe
Lieberman even more. But Bachman says he won't vote for Gore -- or Bush
for that matter. He's Canadian.
Wanna win big? Get the right tune
Philadelphia PA Daily News 15Sep00 A2
By William Bunch: Daily News Staff Writer