David Cameron is the conservative Prime Minister of Great Britain. He’s also a man with decent-if-basic tastes in indie rock. In the past, he’s incurred the wrath of both Morrissey and Johnny Marr by claiming that he likes the Smiths. (It’s not easy to get Moz and Marr to agree on much, but Cameron did it.) And we’ve posted video of him watching HAIM play “The Wire.” Cameron’s latest musical crush, it turns out, is the shaggy, spacey Philly band the War On Drugs.
As NME points out, Cameron endorsed the band in a recent interview with Attitude: “[My wife] Samantha got me listening to a new thing called The War On Drugs. I can recommend it. They’re a band. You can find them on Spotify or iTunes. Anyway, they’re good!” Great music criticism, David Cameron! There’s probably a joke to be made about a world leader liking a band named after a failed law-enforcement policy, but I don’t know enough about the UK’s drug laws to make that joke.
In any case, Cameron’s music tastes at least make more sense than those of Texan senator and American presidential candidate Ted Cruz, who recently had this to say: “I grew up listening to classic rock. And I’ll tell you sort of an odd story: My music tastes changed on 9/11. I actually intellectually find this very curious, but on 9/11, I didn’t like how rock music responded. And country music — collectively — the way they responded, it resonated with me.” There’s already a dumber-than-dirt Salon piece about Cruz’s dumber-than-dirt statement. Politicians’ musical tastes: Never not fun!