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July 10, 2008 10:23 AM

Soprano's band says Demo ad offensive

Posted by David Postman

The leader of the band whose song is used as the theme to The Sopranos says the music was misused when state Democrats made it the soundtrack to an Dino Rossi attack video. According to the Wired blog, A3 leader Larry Love said in a statement:

We are against the use of any of our songs in this manner. This advert was ethnically offensive.

Love had some campaign-season advice, too:

If any political parties want to carry out tawdry campaigning utilizing radical political music, A3 suggest they check out the following: Alabama, The Charlie Daniels Band and Ted Nugent. We like to keep it underground. We make pop music for intelligent people, not politicians.

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Posted by P

12:17 PM, Jul 10, 2008

The whole Sopranos music hit job by the state Democratic Party really shows you how in the tank the media is for the Democrats. Everyone should know that if the roles were reversed, the Seattle liberal media, including Mr. Postman, would be still screaming at the top of their lungs at how bigotted and unfair the ad was.

Just remember 1998, Geo. Bush 41 was running against Massachusett's governor Michael Dukakis. During the primary, Algore was hitting Dukakis over the head with his own Willie Horton ads. Not a peep was heard by the liberal media. But then, in the general election, Geo. Bush 41 picked up on the very lenient furlogh program Massachusetts had instituted under Dukakis, and the liberal media went ballistic! Playing the race card and making a complete mockery of the term investigative jounalism.

Evidently, the same thing is happening again, not only in Washington State, but also with Barack Obama and the national liberal media. Obama has so much dirt on him from corrupt real estate transaction to his very cozy relations with the Chicago political machine of the Daley brothers, Richie and Bill. But not a word is ever said about this crook with no experience. He truly is a Manchurian Candidate.

Posted by JimD

6:13 PM, Jul 10, 2008

P,
No argument from me that the Internet ad that ran for a day or two (never made it to TV or wider distribution, of course) was off the charts and highly offensive.
And in fact, it was almost unanimously panned as such here on David's blog.

But please tell us the specifics of your charges against Obama regarding his alleged real estate and political conflicts of interests.
Seems like the story's been told again and again and there's simply nothing there.
Do you have some credible new information?
Or are you just playing off the prejudice of others with meritless charges and wild innuendo?
After skewering democrats for, "Playing the race card and making a complete mockery of the term investigative jounalism," you finished your post doing the very same thing.

Posted by Postman

8:36 AM, Jul 11, 2008

Ah P, does it seem strange to be criticizing me for not covering this issue on a post that, well, covers this issue? And it is not my first post on the subject.

Posted by JimD

9:33 PM, Jul 11, 2008

LOL... A3 will go down in history as a one hit wonder.
And what a hit!
They'll be collecting royalty checks for a long time from the Sopranos theme song.
It's a little disingenous to complain at this late date about it's commercial association with ethnic stereotypes - fictional or otherwise.
I guess they were too busy counting the money to protest sooner.

Posted by upchuck

9:06 PM, Jul 12, 2008

this sort of advertising done on behalf of gregoire is not in my taste. and i don't watch the sopranos either so please take my comment with a grain of salt if you wish...

however, isn't it true that the sporanos show (similar to the godfather movies) portrays italian families running mobster business empires? and the gregoire ad evokes the show with the music to suggest that dino's actions are shady? so how is it that an entire tv series, or movie trilogy, that portrays italians as mobsters is not racially insensitive but a political ad that refers to them is?

maybe love should have not allowed the sporanos show to use his song.

Posted by upchuck

9:09 PM, Jul 12, 2008

and btw, postman...

it would be nice if we could get back to the substance of the campaign rather than all this petty crap.

Posted by JimD

9:17 AM, Jul 13, 2008

I watched much of The Sopranos, and I must say - it's one of the best-crafted dramas ever produced for film or television.
Upchuck, the showed chronicled what appeared to be relatively average people like you and me, engaging in the most horrific acts - not just violence, but betrayal, dishonesty, lust...you name it.
It was so "realistic" that mobsters of all ethnic backgrounds were some its biggest fans.
It was not about stereotypical Italian culture like The Godfather.
No old-world music to embellish a scene, no gratuitous reminders of the player's country of origin.
For the most part, the characters have no redeeming characteristics of loyalty to their legitimate ethbnic culture or family values.
The are absolute scum.
The riveting part was - their decay, is our decay ;-)
Their failures as human beings are our own.

I'd highly recommend the series to you, upchuck, and guarantee that if you can stand the violence and language, you'll find it a classic AMERICAN story, where Italian heritage is rendered irrelevant.

And that's what makes the use of its theme song even more offensive in the attack ad on Rossi.
It try's to attach a cheap stereotype to Rossi that was never realized in the show.
No fan of Rossi here - but again, that ad was a disgrace.
They should of used Theme From Titanic.

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