When politics and rock music collide, the result is typically awkward. Apparently Australia’s politicians never saw the memo.
As the federal election campaign clatters into its final weeks, the country’s top politicians have made unlikely forays into the world of rock – sometimes to hilarious effect.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange this week pulled the trigger on his own campaign with a video which has him reworking John Farnham’s 1986 hit “You're The Voice.” This is anything but a conventional political promo. Assange dons a mullet wig, and tweaks the lyrics to spread his own WikiLeaks Party's message. It’s equal parts social-media stunt, comedy routine, and political manifesto. And it’s impossible to not watch.
Assange recorded the clip for Juice Rap News, a spoof online bulletin where presenters rap the latest headlines. The 42-year-old fugitive recorded his performance from his residence in the Ecuador Embassy in London, where he has been holed-up since June 2012. It’s understood a professional singer took mic duties on the recording. Watch below:
Assange’s musical offering follows a gobsmacking music video in which players from across the political spectrum are willing participants.
Australian punk rock trio Super Best Friends pulled some heavyweight extras for their clip to “Round And Round.” In it, the prime minister Kevin Rudd and the leader of the opposition Tony Abbott ham it up, senator Nick Xenophon is seen playing bass and member of parliament Rob Oakeshott irons his underpants.
The video, which also features some of the country’s leading political commentators, was made possible by the efforts of the band’s bass player Matt Roberts, who moonlights as a camera and sound operator for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) at Parliament House.
Watch the clip below:
Australia’s most prominent 2ICs, the deputy prime minister Anthony Albanese, the deputy leader of the opposition Julie Bishop and Adam Bandt, the deputy leader of the Greens, have the privilege of programming their 20 favorite videos for this Saturday’s “Election Special” episode of “Rage,” a long-running music video show on the state-funded ABC. The federal election will take place the following week, on Sept. 7.