Music and politics just make good bedfellows, it will always be. Sometimes the musicians are on top, while other times politicians are the ones ball-gagging musicians from behind – riding this awful metaphor further – and just, not, learning, that musicians do not want politicians ball-gagging them from behind, using their art to promote their campaign, as Mitt Romney learned yet again via the Silversun Pickups. Yet other times they make sweet love, as with Obama’s “Let’s Stay TogetherAl Green-channeling push at a candidacy fundraiser back in January. At any rate, here we are just minutes before Obama and Romney get at their first debate of the 2012 Presidential Election, and we couldn’t help but lyric-track some relevant sentiments. Wait, does that make us ball-gaggers?

Titus Andronicus - ‘A More Perfect Union:’

Kick-a-hole-in-your-parents-garage-door post-punkers Titus Andronicus have nothing to do with President Obama. And Obama nothing to do with Titus Andronicus. But they both titled two very awesome opening statements “A More Perfect Union.” Obama chasing the 2008 democratic presidential nomination. And Titus Andronicus chasing a bygone Civil War theme as the savoir for twenty-something angst. Both bound together by the weight of race relations and America’s frustrating relationship with equality. It will be interesting to see if Obama brings back the convo. Meanwhile, cue the Titus:  [LISTEN]

When they hang Jeff Davis from a sour apple tree, I’ll sit beneath the leaves and weep
None of us shall be saved, every man will be a slave

Al Green - ‘Let’s Stay Together:’ 

Don’t hate the player, hate the hope and change game that has had legions of Americans either love or hate Obama over the last four years. Democrats of course decrying the hope for another term to change what’s wrong. And republicans decrying the change for a lost hope. As mentioned earlier, Obama actually garnered some singing cred when he busted out an a capella version of this Al Green bedroom classic. Whether or not Americans will swoon for the man is another story. But it was a smart campaign move nonethless, and Al Green, sitting in the front row, did not sue Obama. So he’s got that going for him: [LISTEN]

I’m so in love with you
Whatever you want to do is alright with me

Silversun Pickups - ‘Panic Switch:’ 

And here we get into this never-ending chain of ball-gagging politicians who not only ape musician’s art without their consent, but have not the slightest clue that the sentiments in said art do not align with their campaign at all. This was the case with seething, draconian alt-rock howler “Panic Switch,” about a man inching towards a nervous breakdown, and Silversun Pickups’ near action to “just [let] it go, because the irony was too good:” [LISTEN]

When you see yourself in a crowded room
Do your fingers itch, are you pistol-whipped
Will you step in line or release the glitch
Can you fall asleep with a panic switch

Rage Against The Machine - ‘Killing in the Name:’ 

Trumping every ball-gagging move out there, though, via Rage Against The Machine’s guitarist Tom Morello, and his op-ed to republican VP-candidate Paul Ryan alone: “Ryan claims that he likes Rage’s sound, but not the lyrics. Well, I don’t care for Paul Ryan’s sound or his lyrics. He can like whatever bands he wants, but his guiding vision of shifting revenue more radically to the one percent is antithetical to the message of Rage,” Morello wrote to Rolling Stone. The second graph is even better. But the point is, if one can’t decipher overt interpretations of one’s favorite band, how could one expect people to believe you can decipher anything at all: [LISTEN]

Some of those that wear forces
Are the same that burn crosses

Gil Scott Heron - ‘The Revolution WIll Not Be Televised:’ 

Because dear reader, after we arrive at the end of this piece, you must remember that even seeing these two men spar on live television is not the truth you may think it is. That you should pay attention, but realize, that this is just posturing, a mediated veil over what has happened, is happening and could happen, and that well, that the revolution will not be televised: [LISTEN]

The revolution will not give your mouth sex appeal
The revolution will not get rid of the nubs