Reader B sent me an email pointing out that our Worst Song Ever thread was sorely lacking in anti-Rush sentiment. A few hours later, by chance, my NYT cooking newsletter began (inexplicably):
Good morning. Four days ago, we listened to an NPR interview with Neil Peart, the drummer for Rush, and our earworm is still air-drumming his solos from “Fly by Night.”
Now, I try not to think about Rush — because that’s what my therapist thinks is best for me — but there is something so perfectly libertarian about them. I have no idea how they vote but they based an album on an Ayn Rand book and they exemplify my favorite kind of libertarianism: “smarter than you” libertarianism.
You know….like a progressive income tax? You’re just too dumb to appreciate Hayek. Don’t like Rush? You’re just too dumb to appreciate Neal Pert’s amazing drum solos in thirteen-against-eleven time.
In the end, though, I might argue that Blues Traveler is the most awesomely glibertarian band ever. Led by a gun-toting Paultard, they do songs mocking the hoi polloi for enjoying songs with hooks. If you don’t like them, you’re just too dumb to appreciate harmonica virtuosity.
Who are your favorite glibertarian celebrities and what other songs need to be added to the worst ever list? (I had forgotten all about “Baby I’m A Want You” last time, for example.)