C&L's Late Nite Music Club with Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes

I hope you had a chance to meet our newest Blue America candidate, Jim Neal, this morning; the transcript is here at FDL. A couple weeks ago he told me that when he made his final decision to take on Elizabeth Dole for a senate seat once held by Jesse Helms, he was listening to Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes. I put together a little clip with some random images and the music but it's really the music I wanted to talk about tonight. When the Philly dance sound hit in the 1970s this group, which had been around a long time, just took off like a rocket with... Teddy Pendergrass as the frontman. Their biggest hits were "If You Don't Know Me By Now," "The Love I Lost," "Don't Leave Me This Way," "Bad Luck," and, of course, "Wake Up Everybody." Harold Melvin, who was almost as old as John McCain-- but not that old-- died in 1997.



Late Night Music Club with Tom Petty

(Blogged by Howie Klein) Tomorrow's Blue America congressional candidate is Dan Maffei from an upstate New York district that encompasses all of Syracuse and goes right into the suburbs of Rochester. You can find out about all the political aspects of Dan's race against rubber stamp stamp Republican incumbent James Walsh tomorrow at Firedoglake at 2pm (EDT). Tonight has nothing to do with politics per se. I asked Dan why he's using Tom Petty's song "I Won't Back Down" as his campaign theme song. Dan is a big Petty fan and he loved "Free Fallin'" when he was in college but the choice of "I Won't Back Down" wasn't just about his own personal battle for this congressional seat.

Dan is like a walking advertisement for the beauty and liveability of his area of the country, an area hit hard by bad economic policies that have depopulated once thriving communities as "Free Trade" extremists like Bush gave tax breaks to American companies for exporting union jobs to China and other slave-labor countries. Progressives in areas all over America in small cities and towns that have been economically devastated by terrible policies and agendas of greed and selfishness are fighting back and they really and truly will not back down.




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