Listen to Devo's Mitt Romney song: 'Don't Roof Rack Me Bro!'
It's another ugly election season, so it's not a complete surprise to see bands here and there releasing their own musical takes on presidential politics. But one from Devo? For a band that's very existence is based on the theory of devolution, I guess it's wiser to ask: Why did it take so long?
Devo is making some waves with Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro, a song about Mitt Romney's dog Seamus, who often rode on family vacation on the roof of the family truckster. He (the candidate, not the dog) caught some flack from animal activists when the news first broke eons ago, but it has since quieted down. It'll be interesting to see what happens now.
I've long learned my lesson about getting partisan with political views here at Stuck in the '80s, but I'd be doing us all a disservice if I didn't quote Devo's Jerry Casale on the motivation behind the song. (Don't shoot the messenger; I'd print something too if the B-52s wrote something against Obama. And if you if find something by an '80s band, feel free to e-mail me with it.)
Casale's quote: "This isn’t a red-state thing or Devo stumping for Obama. But I think any animal lover that hears the story will learn so much about the character flaw of Romney. It’s just a deal-breaker about the man. My God, the world is a scary place with seven billion people. What you want in a leader is a guy with some humanity at his core. I just don’t feel that Mitt does."
Click here to listen to the song.