Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Larry Craig, man of music

Senator Whatshisname from Idaho Whom Nobody Thought About Before used to be in a vocal group with Senators Trent Lott, John Ashcroft, and Jim Jeffords. They called themselves (what else?) the Singing Senators, and they wowed music fans at Branson, Missouri and the Republican National Convention. They performed alongside the Oak Ridge Boys and wore really goofy suits. Alas, political and professional differences tore the group apart: Ashcroft got kicked upstairs to an Attorney General post; Jeffords left the party; Lott lost his majority leader job; and Larry Craig is the latest inductee to the Official GOP Do-As-I-Say-Not-As-I-Do Club.

My friend says this is all great Behind the Music material. I agree; if VH1's having a slow week, an hour-long special on the story of Jim, Larry, John, and Trent would be worth exploring.

As it turns out, Pitchfork music scribe Amy Phillips penned just such an article in her student-journalist days. Maybe she could write an update for Pitchfork.

As Larry Craig's future musical prospects, I hear the Pet Shop Boys are always seeking new collaborators.