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Sir Elton Comes Out for Hillary; Guess Which Song She Mentions

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As someone who genuinely enjoys pre-knighted Elton John music from his '70s heyday, I can think of any number of Reggie Dwight-Bernie Taupin tunes that might cover this situation. None is mentioned below, though Sen. Clinton's invocation of "I'm Still Standing" below is the worst mention of a song by a politico since Sen. Bill Bradley once announced lunch for a bunch of New Jersey high school newspaper editors circa 1981 by announcing to the Springsteen-savvy crowd that "everybody has a hungry heart."

Sez the BBC:

Pop star Sir Elton John has raised $2.5m (£1.3m) for Hillary Clinton's US presidential campaign with a concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

Former president Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea joined the former first lady at the gig.

Senator Clinton, who is fighting Barack Obama to become the Democratic party's candidate, said: "I'm still standing"—a nod to Sir Elton's 1983 hit song.

The singer told the crowd: "There is no-one more qualified to lead America."

He also accused people who think Mrs Clinton is an unsuitable candidate of being sexist.

"I'm amazed by the misogynistic attitudes of some of the people in this country, and I say to hell with them," he told the crowd.

"I love you Hillary, I'll be there for you."

More here.

I mention this story because a) I find celebrity endorsements/anti-endorsements genuinely hilarious (how many votes did David Crosby throw Bush's way by announcing he'd leave for Canada if the Texan beat Al Gore in 2000)?; b) I am genuinely interested in what sort of dinosaur rawk stars will come out for Barack Obama and John McCain (what are The Spokesmen up to these days?); c) I genuinely would have voted for Hillary if she had quipped instead, "I get high in the evening sniffing pots of glue," and d) It's a genuine opportunity to link yet again to the ultimate Shatnerian triumph of style, substance, and schmaltz, a.k.a. his dramatic reading of Elton John's "Rocket Man" (pronounced rock-IT maaan):

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  1. Ouch, way to lose some cool points Gillespie. You may as well have written that you genuinely enjoy listening to Queen.

  2. Have to confess that I didn’t know the lyrics for “I’m still standing,” so I looked them up and have to concur that invoking that song is pretty strange unless Hillary wanted to tell the Democratic party that she’s through with them or that she’s moved on to the Republicans because the Dems didn’t treat her right by just handing her a crown…

  3. Wow, I’m trying to figure out exactly what demographic Elton’s endorsement will deliver to Hillary.

  4. Nick, you rule. Tying Shatner into anything is an imperative. Next, you need to tie in Impulse using a Harold Sakata/Bond connection. Somehow.

  5. I guess “The Bitch is Back” was too easy.

    Guess I lose cool points too, b/c 70’s Elton is good stuff. “I’m Still Standing”, not so much, but it was featured the only time I saw him in concert (late 80’s).

  6. Get back, honky cat.

  7. In the words of a SHatner character:

    “That’s what’s so great about this country. Anyone can be president. But not Hillary! — She wins, I puke.”

  8. He also accused people who think Mrs Clinton is an unsuitable candidate of being sexist.

    His insight and thoughtfulness is staggering. I always admire musicians for that.

  9. I genuinely found this post genuinely fascinating, in a genuine manner.

  10. That Shatner video cracks me right the hell up, every time.

    Good way to start my morning, Nick. Thanks!

  11. “I’m amazed by the misogynistic attitudes of some of the people in this country, and I say to hell with them,” he told the crowd.

    Obama supporters are misogynistic.
    Clinton supporters are racist.
    I guess the multitudes (hundreds?) of Edwards supporters are both.

    Damn it sure must be tough to be a Democrat these days.

  12. I genuinely would have voted for Hillary if she had quipped instead, “I get high in the evening sniffing pots of glue,”

    Oh yes Nick, I agree. In fact I think that should be the new pledge. I pledge that I will vote for any candidate who publicly quips “”I get high in the evening sniffing pots of glue”.

    Will you take the pledge?

  13. Wow, I’m trying to figure out exactly what demographic Elton’s endorsement will deliver to Hillary.

    The West Village?

  14. “I’m amazed by the misogynistic attitudes of some of the people in this country, and I say to hell with them,” he told the crowd.

    It’s amazing what the voices in celebrities’ heads tell them.

  15. This will help her get the racist homosexual vote.

  16. Wow, look at the young Nick Gillespie as the brooding, standing-up guy in The Spokesmen.

    http://www.atomicplatters.com/images/spokesmen_cvr_510.jpg

  17. Mr. Hand and I will be voting for Hillary – per the advise of the Sir Elton.

  18. I can’t get behind that.

  19. Is anybody else totally creeped out by that picture?

  20. Goodbye Arkansas Rose!

  21. “I love you Hillary, I’ll be there for you.”

    These five words I swear to you!
    When you breathe, I want to…

    Oh, sorry, that’s Bon Jovi.

  22. Three surviving members of the Grateful Dead played a “Rock for Barack” benefit before the California primary. They discreetly opted not to play “Casey Jones”.

  23. I want to know who said, “honky”. It has obama as the writer. Look and see. Im pissed!

  24. ok John Jackson. You are a homosexual hater. People will get you for this. The gay communities will be commenting. What a looser you are. Has any of your family members come out of the closet yet? Feed on that!

  25. And dont call Hillary a bitch brett–you bastard!!!!

  26. Love “Rocket Man”, but I think the emotion Shatner brought to his beautiful rendition of Taxi makes that cover slightly better. And of course his masterful cover of “Common People” remains his magnum opus. “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” was a complete flop, while I rate “It Was A Very Good Year” as merely adequate (here, the almost spoken word nature of Sinatra’s original really cut in to Shatner’s ability to make a unique contribution).

  27. Is anybody else totally creeped out by that picture?

    On the contrary, I didn’t realize Hillary had such a pretty mouth.

  28. FatDrunkAndStupid, don’t forget the desperation he brought to Tambourine Man. Now that’s a contribution.

  29. He also accused people who think Mrs Clinton is an unsuitable candidate of being sexist… “I’m amazed by the misogynistic attitudes of some of the people in this country…”

    Following that logic, if he found out what I thought of his last 10 albums, he’d be amazed by my homophobic attitude…

  30. So, did David Crosby actually move to Canada?

  31. “He also accused people who think Mrs Clinton is an unsuitable candidate of being sexist.”

    Does that mean that if anybody doesn’t like Elton John’s music, they must be homophobic?

  32. Too slow, bookworm.

  33. I’m tempted to burn all my Elton John albums and CD’s now.

  34. dbcooper | April 10, 2008, 7:59am | #
    Ouch, way to lose some cool points Gillespie. You may as well have written that you genuinely enjoy listening to Queen.

    well, he did admit that he genuinely enjoys listening to a queen.

    The definitive Shatner cover performance/ interpretation is when he covered Guns ‘n Roses’ “You Should Be Mine” and Color Me Badd’s “I Wanna Sex You Up” at the First MTV Peoples’ Choice Movie Awards, hosted by the then-excellent, now-pathetic Dennis Miller.

    Anyone who has a link to the video I’m referencing, please post it. Thanks.

  35. well, he did admit that he genuinely enjoys listening to a queen.…not that there’s anything wrong with that

  36. I dedicate this Elton John song to Hillary: “Screw You”.

  37. I am genuinely interested in what sort of dinosaur rawk stars will come out for Barack Obama and John McCain

    For McCain, the only musician I can see endorsing him would be Tony Benett.

  38. Tony Bennett is way too hip to endorse John McCain.

  39. “For McCain, the only musician I can see endorsing him would be Tony Benett.”

    I’d like to leave McCain in San Francisco, or Bowlegs, Oklahoma, or anywhere, just keep him out of the White House.

  40. Divide & Kreate improved “Rocket Man” immensely by mashing it up with Europe’s “Final Countdown.” Seriously!

  41. I look forward to the day when he records a “Candle in the Wind” tribute for her. I hope it comes soon.

  42. The Bitch is Back spring immediately to mind.
    BTW, I enjoy listening to Queen. What’s the big deal? Freddy may have been a flaming gay camel jockey, but the man had the pipes.

  43. Freddy was not a camel jockey, he was a Parsi, something else entirely.

  44. Jake Boone,
    Thanks for sharing that mashup. As a former professional musician, I am amazed at how well that was done.
    NS

  45. I look forward to the day when he records a “Candle in the Wind” tribute for her. I hope it comes soon.

    That’s an Elton John song I’d listen to. 🙂

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