I rarely listen to Redmond & Newman on 630 KHOW. Frankly, I think their show sucks. Their topics are stupid and the hosts are even more so. But now that Enid Goldstein is gone, I'm desperate for anything on talk radio that isn't sports, Dr. Laura or Rush Limbaugh. (Peter Boyle's show on KHOW is fantastic but I seldom have the radio on from 5-9 a.m.)
So I was pleasantly surprised to hear a topic of interest, that the New York Conservative Party's candidate for the U.S. Senate, Marilyn O'Grady, is launching a "Boycott the Boss" television commercial that lambastes Springsteen's tour in support of Vote for Change.
"He thinks making millions with a song-and-dance routine allows him to tell you how to vote," Marilyn O'Grady says in the 30-second spot. "Here's my vote: Boycott the Boss. If you don't buy his politics, don't buy his music."
Come on folks, if you are a Sprinsteen fan, you know that his political stand is nothing new. He's been giving his opinions through his music and in the press since "Darkness on the Edge of Town" was released back in the late '70s. "The River," "Nebraska," and "Born in the U.S.A." -- all released in the '80s -- were very political albums. And although he never mentioned politicians by name, people who listened to and read Bruce's lyrics knew who and what he was singing about - the loss of the American dream and the disappointment of being let down and lied to by our government.
My comments to Ms. O'Grady: Please stop riding on Bruce's coattails. You're using his name to get attention and publicity. People who don't like Bruce's politics aren't true fans of his music. Never were, never will be. Your point is moot. Plus it's so original, a New Yorker putting down people from New Jersey.
Hun, don't you ever dare show your face on the Jersey shore. This Jersey Girl, even though she's living at a mile high, knows what she's talking about. Get a friggin' life or I'll sick Tony Soprano on ya.