Thursday, November 09, 2006

Peter Welch & Arcade Fire

I have to give some big props to Peter Welch and his campaign staff.

When most political candidates take the stage to give their victory speeches, they tend to choose tired old songs such as Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop". A perfect example of this is Bernie Sanders' choice on Tuesday night of Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down".

However, for those listening closely on Tuesday, you'll have noticed that Vermont's new rep to the US House, Peter Welch, bounded onto stage to the bassy thumpings of Arcade Fire's "Rebellion". Very ballsy choice.

I don't think Welch is cruising around Vermont jamming out to Funeral. It was probably chosen by his staff. However, it speaks to the youth and hipness of his staff.

By the way, as for the meaning of the song, you can find a discussion of it here. The fan concensus seems to be that the rebellion is against living an overly cautious life to the detriment of a life full of enriching experiences. Nothing political. I think the important thing was the title and rocking music.

Photo courtesy of Freyneland.

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