Billion has a campaign jingle. And words escape me at the moment.

(Hat tip to Mt. Blogmore.)

Jack Billion has a campaign song tonight. And I'm still a little struck by it's awfulness, so please forgive me. I'm having a hard time with words.

Click on the image to hear it.

It's kind of a bluegrass twangy thing. And you know, I used to find bluegrass relaxing - even soothing. No more.

This is bluegrass which sounds like it was sung by Weird Al. Seriously. Dammit. Billion has ruined a music genre for me.

Personal opinions aside, the campaign song is 1:47 long. Until you get through 1 minute and 30 seconds (1:30) you don't hear anything that allows you to identify the candidate. And then it's 17 seconds of "back Jack." Unfortunately, "back jack" isn't on the ballot.

And the guy who is - "Billion," is not mentioned at all in the song.

So tell me, can you call it a campaign song if it doesn't mention the candidate?

Now, I actually like campaign songs for some stupid reason. "Kennedy Can" is the one many people remember. As far as local stuff, I even remember hearing "Let's go to Pierre South Dakota... With Roger McKellips... He's a man..." in my youth.

In 2002, Tim Johnson had a campaign song. And amazingly enough, it somehow managed to utilize his name. The production values were not quite as nice as the Billion song, but his uses his name. To me, if you're going to go to the bother of a campaign song, that's probably a nice touch.

And 2006 has "Back Jack."

And when campaign weirdness get to the point of talking about the content of campaign songs, I know it's officially time to go to bed. Good night.

Comments

lefty said…
The music is catchy and the performance is okay, but it's worthless as a campaign tune for Billion.
How many Jacks are there out there? You have to use his last name too people!
PP said…
7:22, I can tell you from personal knowledge that your comment on the prisoners is at best, an out-and-out lie.

Hence, you won't find it here anymore.

Since it involves a project I'm involved in, I'm not going to go into it here.

If you want the truth, you send me a note about it personally at dakotawarcollege@yahoo.com and I'm happy to go into it there.
Anonymous said…
"How many Jacks are there out there?"

Yes, and how many of them are running for Governor of SD. Oh yeah, just one.
Anonymous said…
What's sad is that instead of finding ways to improve our economy we have a guy who wants to run for Governor that takes more time trying to get on the billboard charts vs. helping his own state.

Send Back Jack!!
Anonymous said…
You need to listen to that song again. It doesn't mention the governor's race either. Just that you should back Jack.
So is there anyone else named Jack who is running for a state office?

BTW, I support Billion and will vote for him. I just don't think the song serves its purpose.
Anonymous said…
WTF?...Are there dogs howling in the back ground....dam that sounds terrible....If this was produced in SD maybe jack is right....we need more spending on education.....music education.
....Dam that is a bad sounding tune.
Anonymous said…
That's not barking dogs that you hear. It's the wailing right-wingers who just heard Thune came out against HB1215.
Anonymous said…
That's not barking dogs that you hear. It's the wailing right-wingers who just heard Thune came out against HB1215.
Anonymous said…
How about this from the oldies:
"Hit the road, Jack and don't you come back no more, no more, no more, no more..." :-)
The Billion campaign ought to use the money they spent on this silly thing to hire a consultant to explain how the heck they are going to pay for their "ideas."
Anonymous said…
"You need to listen to that song again. It doesn't mention the governor's race either. Just that you should back Jack.
So is there anyone else named Jack who is running for a state office?

BTW, I support Billion and will vote for him. I just don't think the song serves its purpose."

Does anybody really know the purpose of this song? Because if the purpose was to create a bunch of low rent buzz...y'all are proof that its working.

The song does mention Rounds' last name - if that helps.
Anonymous said…
Anon 5:51 - I'm not sure "low rent buzz" is good when its about how stupid your campaign is.
Anonymous said…
When you put the song and his signs together it looks like a jeans commercial.
Anonymous said…
The song says "give everyone a voice". How about a voice for innocent unborn children who will be aborted at your approval, Jack?
Anonymous said…
I think maybe Jack should try something a little more upbeat, a little more hip hop. Does anybody remember ca. 1991, "Like Mike, if I could be like Mike..."
Joan said…
"it looks like a jeans commercial." Good idea. Jeans are comfortable, wear well and last a long time. Plus the jean theme is kind of hip and should appeal to younger voters.

Billion's disapproval of HB1215 fits with what most of the pols are saying, except for Wail'n. I guess you could say that Billion is in Thune with what's going on.

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