Stephen Colbert is out to help presidential candidates find the best entrance songs for their campaigns. Choosing the right song is really harder than it looks. Just ask Donald Trump. Since he first announced his intention to run for president, Trump has gotten negative reactions from Neil Young, REM, and most recently Steven Tyler for using their songs on his campaign.
But Stephen Colbert and Jack Black are here to prevent that from happening again. The actor and the Late Show host composed “My Kind of America,” a “pop anthem” rock-and-roll enough to pump up the crowds, but “all-American” enough so that any candidate can use it.
“It’s generic enough to not offend anyone and generic enough to be loved by everyone,” Colbert said before grabbing the mike and launching into the song.
Here are some of the lyrics.
“Gather round everybody,
Do you feel the feelin’
There’s a rumblin kinda whisper,
It’s steeped in our traditions,
but totally brand new.
It’s made for you and us and me
and even me and you.
It’s my Kind of America…”
Then the backup dancers came out, dressed in plaid shirts, straw hats, and Daisy Dukes.
As Vulture.com notes, the song is a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll. There are a couple of pop culture references spliced in hilariously, like marriage equality and bagel bits. It also make sure to keep everything politically correct with the line, “I love Latinos.”
The “I love Latinos” line may be a bit off-brand for Donald Trump, but he could still consider using Stephen Colbert and Jack Black’s song for his upcoming campaign appearances. As we mentioned before, Trump has had a rough time getting musicians to be okay with them using his music.
When he announced that he was running for president, Trump used “Rockin In The Free World” by Neil Young as his entrance. Neil Young was not happy about that. He insisted that Trump did not have his approval to use his song or his support for his presidential ambitions, Variety reports.
“Donald Trump was not authorized to use ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement,” said Neil Young’s manager in a statement. “Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States Of America.”
Donald Trump responded by calling Neil Young a hypocrite.
As the Guardian reports, Trump said that Neil had previously approached him to invest in his music service and invited him to a concert. Donald posted a picture and a portion of Neil Young’s letter to support his claim.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 24, 2015
The “Trump For President” campaign also stated that they had bought the rights for “Rockin’ In The Free World,” legally, via ASCAP.
R.E.M also took offense when the Trump for President bandwagon started to use “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It” at their campaign stops.
“Go f**k yourselves, the lot of you — you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men,” R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe blasted through bassist Mike Mills’ Twitter page.
But Stephen Colbert makes a great point about how appropriate the R.E.M song really is for the Trump presidential campaign.
“Those are strong words but in his defense, it’s accurate. If he gets elected, it is the end of the world as we know it.”
As this previous Inquisitr article reports, Steven Tyler is the latest musician to tell Donald Trump to “cease and desist” from using his music. The Aerosmith frontman sent ‘Trump for President” a legal letter demanding that he stop using the song “Dream On” at his campaign stops. But, Donald Trump states that he has the legal right to use the song.
It looks like musicians just don’t want Donald Trump using their music. He should definitely take Stephen Colbert and Jack Black up on their offer and use “My Kind of America.”
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