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The Presidents of the United States of America (1995)

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Apologies for not keeping up with the blog; lately I’ve been spending a lot of my spare time following this election, which has left me simultaneously captivated and horrified.  My God, remember in 2012 when “binders full of women” was a month-long story?  Nowadays a gaffe like that wouldn’t even make the news; everything is moving so fast.  It’s enough to almost make you feel bad for Hillary Clinton – can you imagine spending your entire life dreaming of making a presidential run, only to wind up having to go against Donald freakin’ Trump?  Or holding 12-hour practice sessions for a debate, only to get on stage and literally be called the devil within five minutes?  Of course you can’t feel that bad for her; she’s essentially being gifted the presidency despite being a not-very-good candidate.  But we know where the blame lies.

With that in mind, let’s look at some great presidential administrations from the past.  The Presidents of the United States of America, like a lot of 90’s borderline-novelty acts, made it big thanks to being at the right place and the right time, along with some undeniably catchy tunes.   They were exactly what people wanted to see coming out of Seattle in the early 90’s; a band that rocked but wasn’t so damn mopey.  Back then you had this emerging scene of “alt-rock” which was just another word for “goofball music” – music for a (mostly younger) generation that preferred whimsy over weariness.  Y’know, the Mountain-Dew-and-Goldeneye generation.  This included some emerging acts like The Barenaked Ladies, Cake, and Moxy Fruvous, plus vets like They Might be Giants.  Maybe you could throw Weezer and Beck into this category as well.  If you were around 10 years old at this time then no doubt you remember this scene well.
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