Unlikely Fandoms

Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan and Rage Against the Machine: The Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan had Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Hanks Williams Jr., the Grateful Dead, Beethoven, and Rage Against the Machine listed as his favourite musicians on his Facebook page. Rage Against the Machine’s guitarist Tom Morello called Ryan “the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades.” “They were never my favourite band,” Ryan said two years later. “I hate the lyrics, but I like the sound. Led Zeppelin has always been my favourite band. Again, these urban legends get going.”

Ann CoulterAnn Coulter and the Grateful Dead: “I can’t possibly pick one favorite,”[Grateful Dead album] Coulter told Taylor Hill at Jambands.com. “Nor a favorite concert tape. I have about fifty Dead tapes, including the original rap song – Mickey Hart rapping ‘Fire on the Mountain’ – I think at my alma mater, Cornell, before I was even born. It’s fantastic. How about that? Just when you thought the Dead could be no cooler they even invented rap! My collection of Dead tapes, by the way, was the reason I heard one of the Linda Tripp tapes before Ken Starr did. Tripp’s lawyer obviously needed to hear the tape before turning it over to the prosecutor, but he only had an old 1950’s tape player and couldn’t get it to work and Ken Starr wanted the tape the next morning. He was terrified he’d hit the wrong button and erase the evidence. In the wee hours of the morning, it occurred him, a Deadhead himself, that he knew one person in D.C. who definitely had a tape machine. So, at around 2 AM, he called me and asked to come over to use my tape deck. ”

Screenshot (1161)Alice Walker and David Icke: Author Alice Walker surprised listeners of BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs when she selected David Icke’s Human Race Get Off Your Knees: The Lion Sleeps No More as the book she would bring as a castaway. A former professional footballer and sports pundit, Icke began his career as a conspiracy theorist in the 1990s. He posits that the world is run by a race of reptilian humanoids from the constellation Draco. Human Race Get Off Your Knees claimed our minds are controlled by the moon. A post on Walker’s excellent blog entitled David Icke: The People’s Voice, explained her controversial selection: “On the reptile issue, which seems to freak most people out, and while pondering the deep-rooted causes of the suffering of our people and our planet, I think: this paradise certainly didn’t get ruined by people who acted like the angels various religions have imposed on our thoughts: who else could those ‘angels’ have been, but winged, highly technologically advanced, shape-shifting Reptilians from another galaxy? Ah, madness. Yes. Wonderful stuff.”