Friday, March 29, 2013

"Let the Day Begin" may have been the highlight of that terrible, awful 2000 presidential race

You youngsters may not remember the original version of "Let the Day Begin" by The Call. But it was used by Al Gore as a campaign song during his ill-fated run for the presidency. Remember the 2000 election? I'd rather not.... Tom Vilsack also used the song during his short-lived 2008 campaign. Oklahoma's Michael Been was the leader of The Call. Anyway, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club takes a punkier approach than did The Call, even though they came right out of the punk era in 1980. The Call was leftie political with Oklahoma Christian roots, an odd, but very compelling, combo.

There's another chapter to this story (from Wikipedia):
Michael Been died on August 19, 2010 after suffering a heart attack backstage at the Pukkelpop music festival in Hasselt, Belgium, where he was working as sound engineer for his son's band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

On April 18-19 2013, The Call's original members Scott Musick, Tom Ferrier, and Jim Goodwin will reunite for a series of shows in San Francisco and Los Angeles with Robert Levon Been taking over the role of bass and vocals.
That is really great news. Let's hope they take the show on the road east of Cal, say, to Red Rocks.

Thanks to Badtux the Snarky Penquin for the BRMC YouTube clip.

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