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(The Republic)   "Dear Governor Walker, You can use my song "Small Town" in your campaign, but you should know that I'm in favor of collective bargaining, unions and that I'm a liberal. Regards, John Mellencamp"   (therepublic.com ) divider line 101
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2012-04-11 06:03:42 PM  
Did he mention crummy music?
 
2012-04-11 06:14:32 PM  
It's as if everyone forgot Farm Aid and songs like Scarecrow in the Rain.
 
2012-04-11 07:51:07 PM  

Nadie_AZ: It's as if everyone forgot Farm Aid and songs like Scarecrow in the Rain.


We damn well tried.
 
2012-04-11 07:52:10 PM  
Well, he certainly was polite about it. Okay, who had Mellencamp in the Actually Practicing The New Civility pool?
 
2012-04-11 07:53:37 PM  

Nadie_AZ: Scarecrow in the Rain.


It's Rain on the Scarecrow.

Gulper Eel: Okay, who had Mellencamp in the Actually Practicing The New Civility pool?


I did.
 
2012-04-11 07:54:00 PM  

Gulper Eel: Well, he certainly was polite about it. Okay, who had Mellencamp in the Actually Practicing The New Civility pool?


Woot, I love long shot.

/did well on that Giants-score-first-in-Super-Bowl-with-a-Safety thing too.
 
2012-04-11 07:54:48 PM  
What the hell is a melon camp, anyway.
 
2012-04-11 07:57:51 PM  
Bruce Springsteen's response to Ronald Reagan using "Born In The USA" is still the best one ever (new window)
 
2012-04-11 08:00:31 PM  
Didn't Reagan quote 'Born in the USA'.

All the matters is the rocking anthem and the chorus. Subtle meaning is lost on many conservatives.

Sort of like some people misunderstanding Colbert.
 
2012-04-11 08:01:50 PM  

urban.derelict: What the hell is a melon camp, anyway.


An outdoor breast augmentation clinic?
 
2012-04-11 08:04:24 PM  
If I were Mellencamp, I'd charge Walker royalties.
 
2012-04-11 08:05:24 PM  
hell, i ain't even done with the night
 
2012-04-11 08:06:08 PM  
When it comes to supportive rockers, GOP candidates are pretty much limited to Cat Scratch Fever, which might have worked for Palin but few others.
 
2012-04-11 08:09:23 PM  

Cletus C.: When it comes to supportive rockers, GOP candidates are pretty much limited to Cat Scratch Fever, which might have worked for Palin but few others.


Now, now, they also have Stranglehold, which is primarily about beating women to a pulp and is therefore more consistent with the GOP message.
 
2012-04-11 08:09:59 PM  

Cletus C.: GOP candidates are pretty much limited to Cat Scratch Fever


I wonder if Jon Huntsman ever came on stage to his favorite Captain Beefheart tracks. Yes, he really is a fan.
 
2012-04-11 08:11:29 PM  

Ed Finnerty: urban.derelict: What the hell is a melon camp, anyway.

An outdoor breast augmentation clinic?


I'm thinking it's slang for boot camp for fatties.

/y'hear about jim? his parents sent him to melon camp for the summer
 
2012-04-11 08:13:18 PM  
He has also okayed Romney to lisp "Little Pink Houses" as much as he wants.
 
2012-04-11 08:14:31 PM  

farkityfarker: If I were Mellencamp, I'd charge Walker royalties.


And donate them to Walker's opponent.
 
2012-04-11 08:16:15 PM  

farkityfarker: If I were Mellencamp, I'd charge Walker royalties.


This. Then I'd donate the royalties to the "Recall Walker" campaign.
 
2012-04-11 08:20:45 PM  
If the campaign pays the ASCAP fees, there's not really anything he can do about it. I do question Walkers taste in music, it obviously is shiat.

"I don't think people fought and gave their lives so that some guy can sit in his bedroom and be mean. I don't think that's what freedom of speech is," he continued. "Freedom of speech is really about assembly -- for us to collectively have an idea. We want to get our point of view out so we can assemble and I can appoint you to be the spokesman. That's freedom of speech -- to be able to collectively speak for a sector of people." John Mellencamp, July 7, 2009

Mellencamp can STFU and go the hell away.
 
2012-04-11 08:21:15 PM  

urban.derelict: What the hell is a melon camp, anyway.


Sorta like band camp, only with melons, and not for the timid.
 
2012-04-11 08:23:25 PM  

urban.derelict: What the hell is a melon camp, anyway.


That's where they house itinerant workers to pick the fruit.
 
2012-04-11 08:25:30 PM  
ah...Tastee-Freeze...
 
2012-04-11 08:27:04 PM  
"Rain on the Scarecrow" - After listening to this song all the way through recently, I must admit: it's a fantastic song. I still change the station when it comes on, but now I don't feel so good about doing so.

"Born In The USA" - I always knew this was a great song, but I still change the station when it comes on. Never really felt bad about it. It's just terribly overplayed. Not "Stairway To Heaven" overplayed, more like "Every Breath You Take" overplayed.
 
2012-04-11 08:31:44 PM  

AbbeySomeone: urban.derelict: What the hell is a melon camp, anyway.

That's where they house itinerant workers to pick the fruit.


I think we just inadvertently decided next year's reality tv show

/Donald Trump's "Who Wants to Be An Illegal Immigrant Fruit Picker"
 
2012-04-11 08:34:41 PM  

Gulper Eel: Well, he certainly was polite about it. Okay, who had Mellencamp in the Actually Practicing The New Civility pool?


I did but then again I heard an interview with him awhile back on NPR. Sounds like a pretty down-to-earth nice guy regardless of what you think of his music.
 
2012-04-11 08:36:44 PM  

Enemabag Jones: Didn't Reagan quote 'Born in the USA'.

All the matters is the rocking anthem and the chorus. Subtle meaning is lost on many conservatives.

Sort of like some people misunderstanding Colbert.


I once heard Fortunate Son being played at a conservative-leaning gathering on the 4th of July so I'm really getting a kick...
 
2012-04-11 08:38:53 PM  

urban.derelict: What the hell is a melon camp, anyway.


This could be one answer.

myfavouritestuffs.com
 
2012-04-11 08:40:51 PM  

urban.derelict: What the hell is a melon camp, anyway.


A summer retreat for minority kids where Gallagher makes fun of them.
 
2012-04-11 08:44:04 PM  

Sock Ruh Tease: Enemabag Jones: Didn't Reagan quote 'Born in the USA'.

All the matters is the rocking anthem and the chorus. Subtle meaning is lost on many conservatives.

Sort of like some people misunderstanding Colbert.

I once heard Fortunate Son being played at a conservative-leaning gathering on the 4th of July so I'm really getting a kick...


I once managed to play Fortunate Son as our ship's breakaway song while I was on the bridge during an underway replenishment (traditionally done as a "good job crew" thing after refueling at sea). The captain was clearly kinda irritated (his dad was a politician), but he knew he couldn't yell at me for it or cut the song off without pissing off the crew.

/Serves him right. The guy was a collosal prick.
 
2012-04-11 08:44:46 PM  

miltonbabbitt: "Rain on the Scarecrow" - After listening to this song all the way through recently, I must admit: it's a fantastic song. I still change the station when it comes on, but now I don't feel so good about doing so.

"Born In The USA" - I always knew this was a great song, but I still change the station when it comes on. Never really felt bad about it. It's just terribly overplayed. Not "Stairway To Heaven" overplayed, more like "Every Breath You Take" overplayed.


I always hated the idiots who thought BITUSA was a straight patriotic song. Either idiots who didn't listen to the words or didn't understand them.
 
2012-04-11 08:45:52 PM  

Enemabag Jones: Didn't Reagan quote 'Born in the USA'.

All the matters is the rocking anthem and the chorus. Subtle meaning is lost on many conservatives.

Sort of like some people misunderstanding Colbert.


Only until Springsteen pointed out how the song was being sung by a guy in prison after returning from Vietnam to unemployment and ruined Rust Belt towns.
 
2012-04-11 08:51:03 PM  

BackinIndy: If the campaign pays the ASCAP fees, there's not really anything he can do about it. I do question Walkers taste in music, it obviously is shiat.

"I don't think people fought and gave their lives so that some guy can sit in his bedroom and be mean. I don't think that's what freedom of speech is," he continued. "Freedom of speech is really about assembly -- for us to collectively have an idea. We want to get our point of view out so we can assemble and I can appoint you to be the spokesman. That's freedom of speech -- to be able to collectively speak for a sector of people." John Mellencamp, July 7, 2009

Mellencamp can STFU and go the hell away.


And Mellencamp has the freedom of speech to tell some other retard that he/she is using Mellencamp's own music utterly/comically out-of-context.

That's the neat thing about the first amendment.
 
2012-04-11 08:52:18 PM  

Harry_Seldon: myfavouritestuffs.com


I said 'melon camp' not 'butter face'
 
2012-04-11 08:53:26 PM  

PC LOAD LETTER: Either idiots who didn't listen to the words or didn't understand them.


same with Pink Houses, it's not exactly a celebration of America.
 
2012-04-11 09:04:09 PM  

BackinIndy: If the campaign pays the ASCAP fees, there's not really anything he can do about it.


This is the case for most musicians that get upset about a politician using their songs. They don't have much actual say since due to publishing contracts they do not completely control the rights to the songs themselves. The most they can do is what JCM did...publicly disavow and hope the campaign is shamed enough to stop.
 
2012-04-11 09:04:23 PM  
Mellencamp simply needs to donate the earnings from the song to liberal causes and make that fact public. So ever time Walker uses the song, he is paying money to liberals...
 
2012-04-11 09:05:15 PM  

urban.derelict: Harry_Seldon: myfavouritestuffs.com

I said 'melon camp' not 'butter face'


tough crowd.
 
2012-04-11 09:07:41 PM  

WhyteRaven74: PC LOAD LETTER: Either idiots who didn't listen to the words or didn't understand them.

same with Pink Houses, it's not exactly a celebration of America.


AC/DC has some absolutely filthy lyrics. I thought I was just rocking out. Oh yeah, that Def Leppard song, "Pour Some Sugar on Me, yeah, that is filthy, too.
 
2012-04-11 09:11:54 PM  

Harry_Seldon: WhyteRaven74: PC LOAD LETTER: Either idiots who didn't listen to the words or didn't understand them.

same with Pink Houses, it's not exactly a celebration of America.

AC/DC has some absolutely filthy lyrics. I thought I was just rocking out. Oh yeah, that Def Leppard song, "Pour Some Sugar on Me, yeah, that is filthy, too.


Don't forget the dirty words to Louie Louie that we all knew when we were growing up. Most notably the ones that don't exist.
 
2012-04-11 09:11:56 PM  

Gulper Eel: Well, he certainly was polite about it. Okay, who had Mellencamp in the Actually Practicing The New Civility pool?


I've never seen anything to make me think he'd be a jerk, but you never know...
 
2012-04-11 09:14:08 PM  
All he has to say is every time you play my song I will give $100,000 to "recall walker".
 
2012-04-11 09:19:32 PM  
Why is there only one picture of melons in this thread?

mitchieville.com
 
2012-04-11 09:21:14 PM  

gameshowhost: And Mellencamp has the freedom of speech to tell some other retard that he/she is using Mellencamp's own music utterly/comically out-of-context.

That's the neat thing about the first amendment.


The neat thing about the first amendment is that anybody can come here to Fark and talk all about it while still not knowing anything about it.
 
2012-04-11 09:23:42 PM  
Politicians typically don't give a damn about the opinions they champion, let alone those they oppose. Melloncamp's delusional if he thinks this is going to have any effect. Walker's using the song in the same way he uses voters.
 
2012-04-11 09:28:07 PM  

heinekenftw: Why is there only one picture of melons in this thread?

[mitchieville.com image 280x390]


i.ytimg.comi.ytimg.com
 
2012-04-11 09:42:51 PM  

urban.derelict: Harry_Seldon: myfavouritestuffs.com

I said 'melon camp' not 'butter face'


in this case melon with butter?
 
2012-04-11 09:46:28 PM  
After selling "Our Country" to Chevy so they could poison our ears with that every 10 minutes, Mellencamp can piss up a rope.
 
2012-04-11 09:47:46 PM  
As a fellow Hoosier, this is how we roll. We're not a complex type of people. I think Johnny Cougar did the right thing.

As a side note, he left Indiana years ago. He's lived in California for a long time.

Pink Houses is not a snarky song, either.
 
2012-04-11 10:05:25 PM  
Well, there's always Born in the USA. What?

American Girl? No?

This Land is Your Land? Aw shiat.

Battle Hymn of the Republic? WTF?

farking America hating leftie songwriters and their catchy tunes.
 
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