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Political pot shots with a strong back-beat

3 MP3 Songs
FOLK: Political, POP: Folky Pop

The Village Gazette:
A short EP, as Russ Buchanan's recently released is, wouldn't ordinarily be featured here, but as clever as the three songs contained on this recording are, it shouldn't go unnoticed.

The CD opens with "The SUV Song", a joke on the owners of those gas-guzzling monsters that have become so fashionable on our clogged roads. The lyrics, told from the point of view of an SUV owner, are downright hilarious:

"It's me and my SUV/got a yatch that runs on land/got a boat that needs no water/Wide turning,fuel-burning friend to the sheiks of Araby..."

As Buchanan himself describes it "that his car burns enough gasoline to run four Corollas, pollutes way more than his share of the air, and increases fuel demand, makes the big SUV owner, at best, uncaring", he says. "But, when one factors in his car's ability to block the view of every driver unlucky enough to be near it in traffic and its capacity to demolish in a crash anything smaller than a house boat, well, the word 'sociopath' does come to mind."

One of the greatest controversies on the 2000 election was how Ralph Nader's candidacy hurt Al Gore, putting Bush in the White House. With the news of Ralph Nader's new election bid, Buchanan urges the Nader not to do it again with "Ralph Don't Run."

"For the first time in my life I voted my conscience in 2000, and I'm very sorry I did", said Buchanan over the e-mail interview. "Though I agreed with Ralph -- and still do -- that there wasn't (isn't) much difference between the major parties, I overlooked one important detail: George Walker Bush. If I had stopped basking in the warm glow of personal satisfaction long enough to do a little homework on this guy, I would have gotten a glimpse of what a Bush presidency could mean and would have scurried back into my usual "lesser of two evils" hole. I am absolutely perplexed, and saddened, by Nader's run this time around. As I ask in the song, "We learned our lesson the hard way, Ralph. Why didn't you learn yours?"

On A Love Chantey, Buchanan takes on the gay marriage controversy with a very funny ditty sung from the point of view of an uncertain homophobic man. The song has gotten a lot of airplay on independent stations such as Pacifica, and has given a lighter side to the debate.

As Buchanan puts it: "The issue of gay / lesbian marriage shouldn't be an issue at all. We are either a nation of equals with constitutionally guaranteed equality under the law -- or we're not. Bush's constitutional amendment is just another transparent sop to his Born-again base. What makes this political ploy so special, however, is its level of cruelty, arrogance and cynicism. Protect marriage? From what, exactly? Two people in love?"

Enough said. - Ernest Barteldes

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