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September 12, 2012 at 4:11 PM

A ‘Battle of the Bands’ in Lt. Gov. race?

In a busy political year like 2012, how do you get anyone to pay attention to the lowly contest for Lt. Governor?

Well, Republican candidate Bill Finkbeiner has cut a music video — with the help of some Seattle grunge rock stalwarts.

With former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and producer Jack Endino, Finkbeiner recorded a version of the country classic “I’ve Been Everywhere” (made famous by Johnny Cash). The reworked lyrics, naturally, talk about all the Washington places that Finkbeiner has visited during his campaign. A sample:

“I’ve been everywhere, man.

I’ve been everywhere, man.
Gonna make the Senate fair, man
Move the aisle there, man
Olympia better beware man, because I’ve been everywhere.
I’ve been to Benton, Bremerton, Woodinville, Burlington, Moses Lake, Cottage Lake, Clear Lake, Hoquiam….”

You get the idea.

In a tongue-in-cheek news release, Finkbeiner and his musical friends pokes fun at his not-quite-Cash-level singing, with Endino noting: “I’ve had the opportunity in my career to work with a lot of great singers, and a lot of not so great singers. Bill was definitely one of them.” See the video here:

Finkbeiner is a former state senator from Kirkland, known for switching parties from Democratic to Republican in 1994, and later angering some in the GOP caucus when he broke with the party to help pass a bill offering civil rights protection to gay persons.

Finkbeiner’s Democratic rival, incumbent Lt. Gov. Brad Owen is known for traveling the state playing songs and preaching an anti-drug message with his own cover band, when he’s not presiding over the state Senate.

Perhaps a Battle of the Bands could settle this election?

 

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