Rock Against Bush
Rock Against Bush was a project by Fat Wreck Chords , the record label of NOFX singer Fat Mike and punkvoter.com, for the 2004 US presidential election , in which George W. Bush was up for re-election. There have been two CD and DVD releases. Almost all of the label's well-known bands contributed a song (mostly previously unreleased) to the CDs, and punk legends such as Bad Religion , Social Distortion , Pennywise , Sum 41 , Rise Against , The Offspring and Green Day are also represented.
The very large compilations with 26 or 28 songs each include a DVD on which, in addition to some music videos, you can also find political comedy and information clips. In the accompanying booklet, after an introduction by Fat Mike (Vol. I) or Anti-Flag singer Justin Sane (Vol. II), each represented band has a little space to convey a political message to the listener in addition to photos or lyrics. The declared aim of Fat Wreck was to use these compilations to inform young people about politics and to encourage them to vote.
"This compilation is not about making a profit: It's about making a difference" ("This compilation is not about making money : It's about making a difference . ") Was the title of the first CD. The information is understandably a bit one-sided, but many Internet resources are also mentioned where the listener can get more information.
Fat Mike from the band Propagandhi had to put up with severe criticism . The Canadian band's song Free John Hinkly was taken from the first sampler because Propagandhi described George Soros in the liner notes as "international billionaire, global financier, war-profiteer and all-around asswipe". Fat Mike justified his decision with the fact that Soros is one of the main financial supporters of MoveOn.org , which in turn helps to distribute the Rock Against Bush sampler. When Fat Mike wanted to publish the song on the second sampler anyway, Propagandhi refused, but emphasized that there was no argument between them and Fat Mike.