Inspired by the race to the White House, the new issue of Revolver features politico-rock superfriends M. Shadows, Dave Havok, Serj Tankian, Randy Blythe, and Dave Grohl on the red-white-&-blue cover. A lot like this! (Hmm, let’s hope the choice has better results this time.) Here’s an excerpt from the “Hard Rock The Vote” roundtable. Spoiler alert: Rockers are Democrats! (Unless you’re called the Nuge, or played guitar in in the Ramones, etc..)

REVOLVER: Does a musician or artist have a responsibility to engage with the politics of the day and to express his or her views?

DAVE GROHL: I think you have to look at us not as five musicians but as five American citizens. During the last election I supported John Kerry on the campaign trail not as the guy from the Foo Fighters but as a citizen concerned about the future of this country. I did it because the Bush campaign was using some of our music at their rallies, and I didn’t feel like the songs they were using made sense in the context of the message he was delivering. I couldn’t stop them from using them; there’s legally nothing really you can do. So I thought, Well, I’ll go out and sing those songs at Kerry rallies, where they seem to make more sense — songs about love and hope and compassion. I was performing to veterans and teachers and factory workers, and nobody knew who the hell I was. But when you sing a song like “Times Like These” or “My Hero,” I think they sort of understood what I was trying to say.

Better step it up Dave. You’re up against this. For the issue, Revolver also compiled a listicle called “Bombtracks: Top 10 Greatest Political Metal Songs Of All Time”…

In no particular order:

Black Sabbath – “War Pigs”
Corrosion Of Conformity – “Vote With A Bullet”
Lamb Of God – “Now You’re Got Something To Die For”
Machine Head – “Clenching The Fists Of Dissent”
Megadeth – “Peace Sells”
Metallica – “…And Justice For All”
Ministry – “Lies Lies Lies”
Napalm Death – “Multinational Corporation”
Rage Against The Machine – “Take The Power Back”
System Of A Down – “B.Y.O.B.”

Or, how about Carcass’ “R**k The Vote”? Maiden’s “Run To The Hills”? Though maybe not this version.

Comments (9)
  1. dan  |   Posted on Mar 28th, 2008 0

    “god bless our dead marines” -Silver Mt Zion = best political song EVER.

  2. I forget who it was, but I read an interview during the last election and the guy’s point made a lot of sense. Touring musicians see more of the country and world than anybody else. They see rich parts, poor parts, liberal parts, conservative parts etc. They experience America as a whole rather than as the bubble that somebody else might live in. I think that gives them a really good perspective on what’s going on in the world and what people need.

    • but how much of it do they actually see? i always hear musicians lament that they never get to experience any of the places they go.

  3. Alex  |   Posted on Mar 28th, 2008 0

    But Dave has no problem with Al Gore quoting “Times Like These” to pimp his global warming scam. It’s not that Bush was using it out of context, it’s that you’ve become a leftist hack, Grohl! Now shut up and engage in some more corporate d-bag rock antics and not make truly quality stuff like the first Foos album.

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