The year was 1987. Musician Todd Lockwood decided that what the world really needed was a Bernie Sanders folk album. And the rest, as they say, is history.
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“As talented of a guy as he is, he has absolutely not one musical bone in his body, and that became painfully obvious from the get-go,” Lockwood said. “This is a guy who couldn’t even tap his foot to music coming over the radio. No sense of melody. No sense of rhythm — the rhythm part surprised me, because he has good rhythm when he’s delivering a speech in public.”
So they had to come up with a plan B. Lockwood decided to turn the event into a “We Are The World”-style recording session: He called in a couple dozen Vermont musicians to serve as backup singers, while Bernie more or less read/preached the key lyrics with as much rhythm as he could muster.
The resulting album was among the more popular ones that the label produced that year. They sold a few hundred cassette tapes at record stores throughout Vermont, Lockwood said — many to conservatives who bought them as gag gifts.
Well, duh. What else could you possibly do with such a sonic abomination?
Yikes. That’s depressing.
We’re weeping, too.