The screeching LibDem 180 over student fees, the recent anti-equality rally held by soulless potato-sack Ann Widdecombe, and that expenses scandal: the prosecution against British politicians has never been stronger. Yet, what’s this? They like the same music as we do? They are ‘hip’, ‘street’ and ‘down wiv da kidz, yo’? Then all is forgiven! Inspired by Boris' recent revelation at the on-going Conservative conference that (shudder) he has danced Gangnam style with Big D (check out this remix), and his boogieing to the Spice Girls during the Olympics closing ceremony, we take a look at some of the cringiest examples of politicians airing their supposed musical preferences in order to convince the public that they are just like us.
Samantha Cameron and Azaelia Banks
According to David Cameron, hip-hop as a genre encourages that most-feared of homogenous masses – the ‘youth’ – to carry knives and guns. Stating the obvious, or another typically Daily Mail-esque statement: either way, it generated a lot of controversy in the press.
David’s wife and the nation’s first lady apparently disagrees. Rapper Azealia Banks tweeted recently that she had met Samantha Cameron, who had told her that she is a fan of ‘212’, probably the rudest song ever to grace the charts. The image of the painfully well-composed Samantha listening to Azealia rap about ‘cock-a-licking in the water by the blue bayou’, nodding along to 'fit that ton-tongue d-deep in, I guess that c**t getting eaten' and finger-tapping in time with 'you're gay to get discovered in my two-one-deuce' is a juxtaposition we cannot quite wrap our brains around. Disappointingly though, Banks does not appear to be in on the joke, later adding that SamCam is the 'Michelle Obama of Britain'. Oh Azealia, how we wish you were right!
Gordon Brown and the Arctic Monkeys
Poor Gordon Brown. Remember him? Already beginning his inevitable lapse into obscurity, this ex-PM sure had a bumpy (read: disastrous) ride when he held office. Back in 2006, Brown told the media that he was a big fan of overnight sensations Arctic Monkeys. When asked to name a few songs from their debut album, however, he admitted he could not. In fact, the only thing he could say about the Northern rockers was that “they are very loud”.
Instead, he ended up confessing he was partial to Coldplay, the middle-of-the-road band everybody loves to hate. His Arctic Monkey debacle was just one of many bungled moments for the PM (see 'bigot-gate'), and he quickly became the nation’s favourite laughing-stock. All negativity aside, however, Brown does look really good on the dance floor, especially when he dances to electro-pop like a robot from 1984.
George Osborne and Keane:
Keane? Oh just some really cool, underground band. You probably wouldn’t have heard of them. But budget-slasher and econovampire George Osborne has and, boy, is he a fan! Earlier this year Andrew Marr interviewed Osborne on his morning show.
Closing the programme, Keane took to the stage to perform their single ‘Silenced by the Night’, and the interviewees awkwardly huddled on Marr’s sofa, twisting around at an uncomfortable angle to watch the band. Osborne seemed non-plussed and vacant at first, but, noticing he is on camera (around 58s in), started to nod his head (out of time) to the music, as if to say: “Yeah man, I totally dig this. This is so rad, dude”. Cringe.
Over the years, we have been bombarded with media coverage of Cameron stamping his approval-stamp all over some of our favourite bands. He used the xx song ‘Intro’ as a warm-up to an annual Conservative conference, forcing the band to break from their usual apathy and speak out against the party.
Today, he walked out on the stage to tunes from Las Vegas rockers The Killers. He is also rather partial to lumberjack-chic Band of Horses and hipster-pop darling Lana Del Rey (though we’ll let that one slide - the image of the DC singing ‘Video Games’ into his hairbrush in front of the mirror never ceases to amuse).