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.”