Jimmy McMillan - The Rent is Too Damn High
This might be the weirdest thing I'll ever upload. In the past week or so, New York gubernatorial candidate Jimmy McMillan has garnered an increasing amount of attention in the wake of his decidedly spirited televised appearance in the New York governor debate, which went viral almost immediately. He's been in charge of the "Rent is Too Damn High Party" since roughly 2005 and has tried to get himself elected to mayoral, senatorial, and gubernatorial offices in New York since 1993. He's promised to bulldoze the Adirondack Mountains (Bill Drummond's proposal to bulldoze Stonehenge has nothing on McMillan's mountain top removal) and permit people to marry shoes if they'd like. Other notable things about him can be uncovered here. In the past week he's been parodied on Saturday Night Live and appeared on Hannity on Fox News. The link at the top of this post features songs of his that I downloaded from his party's website and a few more that I downloaded by way of looking up the page source to uncover embedded mp3s. Most of the files were recorded at a 128 kbps sample rate (save for the ones I converted from .wav files) but that just adds to the charm. It's totally the missing link between Wesley Willis, Dessarae Bradford, General Larry Platt and Da Twinky Man. My favorite moments include the Kraftwerk-ish R&B club banger "They Forgot About Us," "Crying Out Loud," the relatively chill "They Took 'Damn' Out Our Party Name" and its accompanying house-ified remix, his defeated rants on "The Only One," the reuse of the sample of him saying "THE RENT ... IS TOOOO- DAAAAMN- HIGH" in almost every song, and the frequent varispeeded vocals reminiscent of Prince's "Bob George" that appear in many of his songs.
P.S. If someone can find "West End" or the complete version of his ballad "My Guitar" I will be happy to re-upload this and include them both.
5 days ago