Rock Star Status
Leaving the convention podium to Bruce Springsteen's 'The Rising', Joe Biden and Barack Obama solidified not only their status as running mates, but also their choice of an ardent supporter to create their campaign soundtrack.
Like a batter choosing what song to play when coming up to the plate, a campaign theme song has to be something that gets the crowd going. When Bill Clinton arrived at the podium Wednesday night, Fleetwood Mac's 'Don't Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow)' immediately sent minds racing back to the 1992 campaign.
This piece from the Washington Post last January gives a complete analysis of the campaign songs that played throughout the primary season and how they were chosen. And NPR's analysis of the most annoying campaign songs discusses good and bad choices that candidates have made. The blog Wilshire and Washington provides more complete coverage of the complex relationship between Hollywood and politics. In the music world, Obama's campaign has had significantly more success than McCain's.
While the Republican candidate is facing a lawsuit from rocker Jackson Browne for using "Running on Empty", Obama's music world friends are creating songs just for him. Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am's 'Yes We Can' video took Hollywood and the Obama campaign by storm earlier this summer, with numerous stars and starlets appearing in the short music video.
The hip hop star is rumored to be appearing at Invesco Field tomorrow, but regardless of who plays the stadium, the crowd will surely be fired up.