Them Against Us

Kerry's ragtag musical conglomeration begins the fatiguing job of mobilizing its base

Mission of Burma's Roger Miller, at Siren
photo: David Atlas
Mission of Burma's Roger Miller, at Siren

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  • Nada Surfer Morgan Caws had the best songs July 21, and warned against premature benefit fatigue to boot. But tops either night was Moby, who as is his wont gave a speech. First he described Bush-the-cowboy's "inbred WASP" Connecticut upbringing near the Melville clan. In contrast, he boasted, Kerry was "erudite," "experienced," "self-effacing." At a benefit last September, Kerry had joined Moby to sing and strum "Ring of Fire." Reprising that moment, Moby humanized our candidate. Who is human, you know. And ours.

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