We hear a lot about liberal musicians rallying for Obama or Occupying Wall Street. But with the exception of country music and Kid Rock, we don’t see too many long-haired, leather-clad rockers teeing off at the country club to fight for the status quo. As far as the GOP is concerned, popular music, from protest songs to punk rock, may simply seem to be another arm of the massive global liberal media conspiracy. While we appreciate this common-sense takedown of the bafflingly literal manner in which the media has interpreted Nicki Minaj’s recent lyrical endorsement of Mitt Romney, here’s a list of ten musicians who you may be surprised to learn have at some point actually embraced a conservative political stance.
Punk rock godfather Johnny Ramone shocked many of his safety pin-pierced fans in 2002 when he came out as an NRA-supporting, George Bush-endorsing GOP devotee. In a Washington Times interview, he attributed the origin of his right-wing sympathies to his contrarian punk attitude, which at a young age led him to reject the popular appeal of John F. Kennedy’s handsome face.