Howard Dean’s now-infamous concession speech after the Iowa caucuses might have gotten him dubbed as a loony in the mainstream press, but on the Internet it’s making him a rock star. Within a day of his pumped-up rant to Deanites—which ended with the Democratic presidential candidate yelping “Yeaarrrrrrrgh!” and sounding something like a drowning cat—myriad musical mixes of the speech made their way online.
On deangoesnuts.com, a website launched on Tuesday by Ball State student Caner Ozdemer (and already at 60,000 hits and counting), you can hear the candidate’s howl set to a handful of genres. A techno track lays Dean’s urgent list of states to conquer over a throbbing acid house beat. A more mellow mix gives Dean a luscious reverb makeover, mixed with a relick of Primal Scream’s “Come Together.” On “Welcome to Dean’s Jungle,” the Guns ‘N’ Roses guitar riff perfectly coincides with The Scream. The Scream is also repeated continuously in “Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train (Dean’s Aboard).” Those looking for funk can listen to the James Brown-Dean duet set to “Living in America,” or to Dr. Dean’s collaboration with Dr. Dre.
David Mahnkhen’s “Dean’s Going to Kokomo” most creatively uses the rampage’s list of states: “We’re going to California and Texas and New York! We’re going South Dakota and Oregon and Washington and Michigan and then we’re going to Washington DC to take back the White House.” His song interjects Dean’s states into the original song’s list of places, following chill intonations like “Aruba” with the candidate’s maniacal “California!”
The Iraqi Information Minister was the last political figure to get serious Internet remix treatment, but even his ludicrous pronouncements (“There are no American infidels in Baghdad! Never”) didn’t inspire as much as The Screamin’ Dean. Dean-supporter Ozdemer, who thought the speech was so hilarious he actually cried when he heard it, mused: “It sounds good on almost any kind of music.”
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 20, 2004