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Old 09-22-2003, 04:51 PM   #1
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Rock Against Bush?

"Good Charlotte, Green Day, NOFX To Rock Against President Bush

Anti-Bush compilation album due next spring, along with tour.

by Jon Wiederhorn




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Good Charlotte, Pennywise and Sum 41 have always been known more for their practical jokes than their practical advice. That may soon change.

Next year these bands, Green Day, NOFX, Alkaline Trio and others will unite to raise political


awareness and encourage pop-punk fans to vote in the next presidential election against George Bush. The groups will each contribute a track to the compilation Rock Against Bush and take part in at least one show on a tour organized and funded by NOFX singer/bassist Fat Mike, who also owns the label Fat Wreck Chords.

"About a year ago I decided to use my influence to get bands together to speak out about the president," Fat Mike said. "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."

Green Day, NOFX and Alkaline Trio will record new songs for the album. The other groups haven't yet announced whether their tracks will be new cuts, remixes or previously released tunes. The album should be in stores by April or May.

There will be two legs of the Rock Against Bush Tour. The first will take place around the release of the album, and the second will occur closer to the election. At the shows, Fat Mike's Punkvoter.com political organization will set up voter registration booths, and the bands that play will encourage kids to take part in the voting process.

"We're trying to build a coalition of kids 18 to 25," Fat Mike said. "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."

Fat Mike applauds Rock the Vote, which has long been urging youths to show up at the voting booth on election day, but he feels their nonpartisan methods are flawed. "They don't tell kids why to vote or who to vote for," he said. "The punk scene is very united. We're gonna get every punk-rock band together, and I think we can take over the country and change the world."

Plans call for the shows to be free and staged mostly at college campuses. Since there may be some logistical problems with calling the jaunt Rock Against Bush, Fat Mike admits he may have to change the name. "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."

All proceeds from the Rock Against Bush album will go toward print and television ads that will encourage punks to oust Bush from office. "We're just going to put true facts on TV," he said, "and one or two famous punk rockers will be reading them."

With profits from the disc being funneled into advertising, funds for the tour will be limited, but Fat Mike said he's prepared to pick up most of the cost. "I'm planning on losing a lot of money, but I don't care. This is something I really believe in."

This report is provided by MTV News"

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I don't know if this will hurt or help the movement towards a regime change.
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I'm all for getting younger people to vote. Just don't feel you have the right to tell them who to vote for. I assume most punk kids probably sway away from Bush anyway, but the act of voting is the important part.

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I agree womanfish. It irks me that barely half the citizens of the U.S. bother to vote. People should *vote*, no matter who for, dammit!
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right womanfish, a democratic system dosn't work if the people don't vote.

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Many people do not vote because they do not see a material change in their lives based on their vote.

Look at some of the "hot button" issues in the US. We've had Republicans in office, we've had Democrats. Little changes in the grand scheme of things.



The Rock Against Bush seems more an effort to whip up hatred of Bush (or conservatives in general) that a voter education project.
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Many people do not vote because they do not see a material change in their lives based on their vote.

Look at some of the "hot button" issues in the US. We've had Republicans in office, we've had Democrats. Little changes in the grand scheme of things.
I disagree with you here. Personally I think that us being in an ongoing war with no end it sight, facing record unemployment, and record deficits, and in jeapordy of losing many of our civil rights are big changes from the 90's. Not saying that Gore would have meant the continuation of great times, but obviously the leadership change did effect many areas in the grand scheme.


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The Rock Against Bush seems more an effort to whip up hatred of Bush (or conservatives in general) that a voter education project.
I totally agree with you here. To me punk rock should be more about speaking your own mind and beliefs and not all getting together to convince people what to believe politically.

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To me punk rock should be more about speaking your own mind and beliefs and not all getting together to convince people what to believe politically.
I agree

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[QUOTE]Originally posted by womanfish
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I totally agree with you here. To me punk rock should be more about speaking your own mind and beliefs and not all getting together to convince people what to believe politically.

I agree. They should be telling people to vote, not who to vote for. I think there are many reasons why people don't vote. Some don't see how one vote--theirs--could make a difference. Some aren't informed about the candidates. Some just don't give a damn about the issues involved. I don't know, people should vote, dammit! You're right, Klaus, democracy doesn't work if people don't vote!
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i vote to have a concert that opposes bands such as Good Charlotte and Sum 41.
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i vote to have a concert that opposes bands such as Good Charlotte and Sum 41.
Exactly.

a) it's not punk rock.

b) Good Charlotte? 14 yr old girls don't vote anyway.
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These "bands" are a joke. I would pay you good money to NOT see SUM41 and Good Charlotte live.

People should vote their conscience, not because some quasi-punk star tells them to.
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is that a promise anitram? 'cause i would love to take you up on that offer...

ahhh good charlotte. or more like a mediocre green day, as chris rock put it. seems very second grade to me. care to have a good solid debate over the topics good charlotte? ummm... no... well how come? ummm... i dunno... bush sucks! yeah!
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Look at some of the "hot button" issues in the US. We've had Republicans in office, we've had Democrats. Little changes in the grand scheme of things.
When you have a Republican Congress against a Democratic President, no, nothing will change.

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SUM 41 are Canadian! Johnny Ramone is a diehard Republican!
Sort it out, fuckwads!
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Well there should be a Concert against the Bush haters and anti-war people!!
I'm not suprised by the number of "Stupid" celebrities that still whinge about US foriegn policy or the War in Iraq! It just makes me sick that these people don't understand the entire situation!

Hey don't you guys remember what happened in Bosnia??!!
The world sat back and did jack all, until "you know who" came along. And by that I don't mean U2.
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