Take Two for November 9, 2012

Jill Sobule and Gary Eaton's friendly political battle of the bands

Jill Sobule and Gary Eaton

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Jill Sobule and Gary Eaton.

From Kid Rock and Randy Owen performing on behalf of Mitt Romney to Bruce Springsteen rocking out for Barack Obama, there has been no lack of music during the heated race for the White House.

The race is now over, but the music hasn't stopped. Southern California is home to two accomplished singer-songwriters known for their very different political agendas.

Democratic singer songwriter Jill Sobule is perhaps best known for her hit song, “I Kissed a Girl,” and Gary Eaton was a member of the band Continental Drifters. He's now the front man for the Tea Party band, The Army You Have.

They join Alex Cohen for a political battle of the bands

Sobule is a self-proclaimed news junkie and has been intrigued by politics since the Watergate scandal. Recently, she has found inspiration stemming from right-wing political blogs and outspoken political commentators like Bill O’Reilly. Sobule explains that right-wing complaints of losing a traditional America were perplexing since the country has always been a nation of immigrants.

Her song, “We Want Our America Back,” is a reflection of this confusion. Sobule has a knack for quirky political tunes, which she demonstrated with her newest song titled, “Karl Rove versus Nate Silver.”

Eaton, however, is on the other political spectrum, and has made a living out of campaign theme songs like, “Herman Cain Train,” which was created for GOP candidate Herman Cain during the 2008 election. His new song, “We Are The Enemy,” is an attempt to bring inspired and informed music back to his party.

Sobule claimed she felt like her party really has had the advantage because so many mainstream musicians and artists identify as liberal. Eaton, agreeing with Sobule, said, “We need to win the culture wars, we need to be better in the arts. So many on our side write these songs and I hate to be dissing on my side, I know I’m going to get some hate for it, but a lot of people write these political songs on our side that are just like sledge hammers and they forego art.”

It is essentially Eaton’s efforts that contrast his party’s flat and lackluster music, that attracts audiences with varying political opinions and affects people like Sobule.

Fundamentally, both artists have a knack for witty and intellectual music, proving that while everyone may not politically fall on the same mark, music can still cross boundaries and possibly even help bipartisanship.


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