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Jake
11-01-2004, 08:06 PM
Hey everyone, I strongly suggest that you watch this video before you vote!
Eminem's Mosh (http://www.gnn.tv/content/eminem_mosh.html )

Eminem's Mosh Music Video - Directed by GNN's Ian Inaba
Directors Note: Most Americans are well aware that in 2000, the presidential election was decided by 537 votes. From hanging chads to the hourly updates of the manual recount, this story was obsessively covered by the mainstream press. However, what wasnít covered was what journalist Greg Palast discovered that thousands of primarily minority voters were scrubbed from the voter registry in Florida and prevented from potentially changing the course of Americaís turbulent last four years.

By the spring of 2004 all around the country, groups from both sides of the aisle were organizing and activating plans to impact the coming presidential election from MoveOn to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. Here at GNN we were finishing our book, True Lies, two related documentary projects and barely had enough time for our own attempt of an online voter registration campaign. Through Palastís reporting and our own investigations into electronic voting machines and the crossover campaign that defeated Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, we became increasingly aware of the fallibility of elections and the fragile state of Americaís most fundamental democratic process. We also knew the potential power of the youth vote. With more than 55 million voters between the ages of 18 and 35, this demographic group accounts for 36% of the total eligible voters in the U.S. And as witnessed in 2000 it all comes down to who shows up to vote on election day.

So on the eve of one of the most spirited elections in recent times, itís time to try and turn out the vote. As a music video director, ideas for videos usually come independent of the song and are then adapted to fit the timing and lyrics of the featured track. I initially developed a concept for this video in June 2004 and contacted Interscope shortly after to find out what artists in their roster would be releasing albums near the election. The goal was to make a video that inspired young people to vote because they too often disregard it as a powerless exercise. To show them that political decisions do impact their daily lives and that voting is the most powerful act we all have to voice our opinion and effect change. And to educate and reiterate the point that whether or not people want to accept it, there are forces in play that attempt to suppress the youth and minority vote.

When I got the callback that our favorite conspirator of controversy, Eminem would be releasing an album in November, I knew we had the potential to say something that would be heard by the masses. And after hearing the song later that month it seemed Mr. Mathers had also been in the lab concocting his own plans for the election and it was precisely the anthem I had been looking for. So with less than six weeks to deliver we put together a team and forgot about what it meant to sleep. In order to produce animation for a song that runs 5:20 in just over 5 weeks we were going to need a lot of green tea and mate and a little help from Marshall himself. This video was made possible by a team of artists who came together inspired by a song and video that might be able to effect the next four years of all of our lives.

Two years ago, this video would not have been approved by a single record label. A year ago it would never had the possibility of being played on television. But with the changing tide of public sentiment marked by the success of our last video for Chronic Future, an anti-war message that made it into rotation on TRL we think it might just have a chance.

Now, itís up to the broadcasters. Will they ban the top selling musical artist for being anti-establishment while they allow other propaganda to air? Or will they finally allow an artist who has the courage to speak out to take center stage and utilize the airwaves for something other than typical celebrity fodder?

Stay tuned here for updates on the unfolding antics and remember to show up and vote for you candidate of choice on November 2nd.

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I heard about from the Beastie Boy Mailing List.
Original Message:

A MESSAGE FROM THE BEASTIE BOYS:
Please get out there and vote. All three of us are voting for Kerry and we hope you will too. This election is the most critical we've seen in our lifetime. Please vote and help to make a change.

We've made no secret of our feelings about George Bush, but if you need to hear it summed up one last time in, say, 5 minutes we recommend checking out Eminem's "Mosh" video at the Guerrilla News Network website: Eminem's Mosh (http://www.gnn.tv/content/eminem_mosh.html )

Thanks,
JAKE

greencows12
11-01-2004, 08:53 PM
I used to like eminem, but he's still hot. But, bush is a cunt, and I don't like eminem either, although, he is one of the hottest guys in the world.

offspringbaby2004
11-01-2004, 11:50 PM
I like Mosh ... I think its a good song.

~mandy~

Arabian Knight
11-02-2004, 03:39 AM
This song made my ears hurt, the beat is weak and the flow is uninspired/nonexistant. He's just jumping on the whole "OMG GET BUSHE OUTO OFFIS LOL!" bandwagon for shock value - to increase his sales. The lyrics are average at best, Immortal Techinque did a better job with "Bin Laden" anyway. Eminem has been wack since the Soundbombing days and I'll never forgive this motherfucker for introducing 50 cent into the mainstream.

I heard three of his songs from the new album Encore and they're terrible lyrically and sonically. I hope the album flops, but the white suburban girls will probably buy thousands of copies just because he's hot. :rolleyes:

Fuck Eminem and the corporate pigs.

ihatechrissneed
11-02-2004, 06:36 AM
i got an email from mtv's mailing list (even though i've never visited the site) about me getting out to vote

Obie2trice
11-02-2004, 08:23 AM
It`s a great song and a great video, let`s hope that Kerry will win today

Fallen.
11-02-2004, 08:26 AM
This song made my ears hurt, the beat is weak and the flow is uninspired/nonexistant. He's just jumping on the whole "OMG GET BUSHE OUTO OFFIS LOL!" bandwagon for shock value - to increase his sales. The lyrics are average at best, Immortal Techinque did a better job with "Bin Laden" anyway. Eminem has been wack since the Soundbombing days and I'll never forgive this motherfucker for introducing 50 cent into the mainstream.

I heard three of his songs from the new album Encore and they're terrible lyrically and sonically. I hope the album flops, but the white suburban girls will probably buy thousands of copies just because he's hot. :rolleyes:

Fuck Eminem and the corporate pigs.

i agree Eminem is bollocks. I couldn't have said it better myself even though I despise the bastard. but, you have to admit it's really refreshing to see someone in the extremely mainstream side of music not just say that the situation is bullshit but actually says "go do this, we can change it" as well.

I hate him, and the lyrics are piss poor but im glad. that means the morons who like his music will get the message!

im glad he did it, and have a little bit of respect for him now. only a little though. hes a dick.

Jake
11-02-2004, 06:20 PM
its makes sense though

nitropenguin!
11-02-2004, 06:36 PM
I think is a pretty cool song, always find myself singing it outta nowhere. Though, like every other hip hop and rap song it's the same all the way through you know. So I get bored after a while. Good video though ;) and the message does make sense.

Jake
11-02-2004, 06:40 PM
yup and thats the point!! :D

Mota Boy
11-02-2004, 06:47 PM
He's just jumping on the whole "OMG GET BUSHE OUTO OFFIS LOL!" bandwagon for shock value - to increase his sales.


Half the country very much loves George W. I'd think that if Eminem wanted to increase his sales, he wouldn't do it by alienating a good amount of his fans. Also, I'm guessing that by Eminem's origins, he'd probably be anti-Bush. To claim that he's just doing this as a publicity maneuver is not only cynical to the extreme (Someone has an opinion - it must be because they're trying to make money!) but irrational.

Jake
11-02-2004, 07:05 PM
yea very true

samr
11-03-2004, 07:54 AM
I think politics should stay outside of music. Eminems video was horrible. What is he doing? he should just go back to making funny videos again. Besides the uhuhuh song, which wasnt that funny anyway.

lousyskater
11-03-2004, 08:17 AM
it's about time some celebrity muscician came out and said vote for so and so, and don't vote this dude. i'm sick and tired of the whole "vote or die" shit. all that campaign did was tell media brianwashed kids to vote. it didn't tell them to research the canidates and to vote for who you agree with more. it just simply tolfd them to vote. i'm guessing that had a big part in bush's win today.

i personally hate eminem and all forms of rap.
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samr
11-03-2004, 08:23 AM
no, You could honestly hear puff daddy say Vote (for Kerry) or Die. Its like subliminal or something...

lousyskater
11-03-2004, 08:26 AM
nah. i just got the message that he's a retard trying to look cooler by being political.
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samr
11-03-2004, 08:27 AM
yeah that too.

Fallen.
11-03-2004, 08:43 AM
but thats the nearest towards "progress" mainstream music will get to in that way.

wheelchairman
11-03-2004, 08:50 AM
Mota Boy- Several artists have criticized Bush and have been forced to take back their comments because of public backlash.

Vera
11-03-2004, 12:04 PM
The killing irony that I saw it today for the first time.

The Cheshire Cat
11-03-2004, 12:09 PM
it's about time some celebrity muscician came out and said vote for so and so, and don't vote this dude. i'm sick and tired of the whole "vote or die" shit. all that campaign did was tell media brianwashed kids to vote. it didn't tell them to research the canidates and to vote for who you agree with more. it just simply tolfd them to vote. i'm guessing that had a big part in bush's win today.

That's pretty much what the Bush campaign did anyway. And the Kerry campaign. Actually every political campaign ever. If they went and told you to research the candidates you might end up voting for someone else.

And lets face it, if everyone actually researched both candidates a third party would end up winning.

lousyskater
11-03-2004, 12:27 PM
i was so close to voting for nader.
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