Ross Perot Used Patsy Cline's "Crazy" and Other Presidential Candidate's Funny Entrance Songs
During election time, political pundits love to analyze really idiosyncratic details about the presidential candidates. Y'know, stuff like body language and number of pauses between sentences. All of this under the guise of real, pertinent insider information that will legitimately influence your vote. For some people, this shit is important.
But of all the minute behavioral patterns they're analyzing, one detail hardly gets the attention we think it deserves: The entrance music!
Seriously, nothing notes where a candidate is at on the out-of-touch barometer like the song they choose to walk out to before speaking publicly. Some are classics, some are obvious, and some just don't make any goddamn sense. Take a look back at a few we remember fondly or with confusion.
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" by Stevie Wonder
A '70s soul record that can be politically interpreted in so many
different ways. Yet, in the context of Barack Obama, and just general
presidential rhetoric, this is a real sincere act of vulnerability. Instead of initiating the obvious, conscious power role of a
capital-P President, it aims for a more democratic approach, making America the one who's running this shit. Pretty sweet and
heartfelt if you think about it.
"Round of Applause" by Waka would've been fine, though.
"Barracuda" by Heart
As you'd probably imagine, this tune didn't go far with the 2008 Repubs. One play at that year's Republican National Convention and Heart pretty much said
"fuck that." Especially since the whole thing was in reference to Sarah
Palin's teenage nickname (but she's more a praying
mantis than a barracuda, let's be real).
Kinda feel bad for McCain on
this one since a lot of musicians wanted to have nothing to do with him. These include ABBA (not even ABBA), John Mellencamp, and
"Crazy" by Patsy Cline
Dude, third parties already have a tough enough time brushing off
comments that question their sanity, Ross Perot had to choose a tune
called "Crazy" to walk out to. Guess that's gutsy, y'know.
Besides that, this classic tune is kinda slow and depressing. Not sure how exactly anyone can walk out to this song and be hyped as
fuck to become the president.
"Don't Stop" by Fleetwood Mac
Clinton really managed to make this song his. It was, at the time, not considered a hip choice, but it stuck. The dude still comes out to it too. At the Democratic National
Convention, he got buckwild to this shit, and probably
had the most people clapping ever for this song.
"Get Me Bodied" by Beyonce
Doesn't really count in this list, and it was played as she left the stage, but it had to be mentioned because of how tight this
tune is. We can assure you it had old white dudes either scared or really
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