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Punk against Bush

CMU reports on punkers banding together against the President.

Rock The Vote – but with a political agenda – we like it! Good Charlotte,
Pennywise, Green Day, NOFX, Alkaline Trio and Sum 41 have all agreed to
participate in a new compilation album called ‘Rock Against Bush’. Organised
by NOFX singer Fat Mike, who owns independent label Fat Wreck Chords, the
album will try to encourage the punk community to take an interest in
politics, and more importantly to use their vote against the Bush administration. The album will be accompanied by a number of live shows immediately after its release, and in the lead up to the election itself.

Fat Mike: “About a year ago I decided to use my influence to get bands together to speak out about the president. I think it’s our responsibility as citizens and musicians to do so. He’s wrecking the country and the world.
He’s starting wars for no reason, our economy is in the toilet, he’s ruining the environment, and he does things like cut taxes when we need money. We’re trying to build a coalition of kids 18 to 25. We want punks and other disenfranchised young people to vote as a block, which no one has ever done
before. Kids are the biggest group of people that don’t vote. We want to change that.”

Mike admits that the name ‘Rock Against Bush’ might cause opposition at some
colleges and radio stations and that a name change may be required. “Certain
colleges won’t advertise it as Rock Against Bush, and a lot of radio stations won’t mention the name either. So we may just call it the Punkvoter tour or something, but to us it will always be Rock Against Bush.”

About Marty Dodge

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    Marty — Joey Ramone was a democrat. Johnny was the republican in the band.

  • Zach

    Both parties are fucked. No bipartisan presidential candidate will ever do anything good for the economy, partly cause all they care about is themselves and partly because the president has little effect on the economy. As for Bush being an idiot, yes of course he is, but so is Kerry. It takes a certain type of person to become a politician these days, and it’s these people you don’t want in the office. To steal some lines from Lewis Black “In America we have a two party system. The Democrats are a party of no ideas, the Republicans are a party of bad ideas. The way it works is a Republican stands up in congress and says ‘I have a bad idea’ and a Democrat stands up and says ‘I have a way we can make it shittier’.”

    If anyone here actually wants to make a difference vote for a third parties, too many people believe in them but don’t support them because they think they have to stop the democrats or the republicans. If we keep letting these extremist two party people run the country one of the other will lead us to fascism, either in the form of neo cons or communist democrats….so to make things short (too late) vote for third parties and both republican and democrats can fade away.

  • WILLY ZINYA

    FIRST OF ALL [Edited] LIKE FUCK YOU’RE 17 PICASSO. AND WHAT CONSTITUTES A ” STAUNCH LIBERAL” HAVE YOU EVER HAD TO BE SO “STAUNCH” AS TO GETTING YER HEAD KICKED IN AND GETTING BACK UP AGAIN? THEN THE NEXT DAY, OR NIGHT GOING BACK TO THE SAME SITUATION? [Edited] MY COMMENT IS {IT COULD ALSO BE AN OPENING LINE FOR A “FUCK YOU SONG” BUSH & BLAIR, GOING NOWHERE} NO MATTER WHAT YOU SAY OR DO THEY WILL ALWAYS FUCK YOU!!!!!!!!

  • Casey

    I just think it’s kind of weird that Punk has always been about anti-conformity and such, yet Fat Mike is telling people that Bush is a horrible person and you should go Democrat. I think Punk is being open minded about the world, not just in the realm of homosexuality or gender, but also politics. They should let the people make up their own mind instead of telling them what to do. I’m Libertarian and straight edge, but I did it on my own. I didn’t let the media or society tell me, I did it on my free will. I think what Zach said is brillian :)

  • Zilch

    wtf Willy? hahaha, nice.

    man, all this continues to lead us into further converse. i just wish i could have been born between the mid 70s-80s. Punk has been, still is and will forever remain by far the uncanny and beautifully outspoken voice it is today.

    Too bad its not as active as it once was.

  • jackmosh

    if your liberal or conservative, punk won’t fit in to these ideologies. it’s independent. so vote for a independent party. dems and repubs won’t help you.