Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Bush's iPod

Lots and lots of fluff news coverage on the contents of Bush's iPod, a lot of it quite sniffy about his taste for country music.

Well, nothing wrong with that. More odd is how empty his iPod is: only 250 songs out of a capacity of 10,000. One of the joys of iTunes for me is the surprises it shuffles up; I guess George prefers his playlists a lot more predictable.

But Caitlin Moran nails exactly why the Bush selections made me feel slightly uneasy: they're so narrow.

The most notable aspect of Mr Bush’s fairly predictable selection of babyboomer tunes is its extraordinarily limited demographic spread — no black artists, no gay artists, no world music, only one woman, no genre less than 25 years old, and no Beatles.
No Beatles, indeed. No Dylan. No Elvis. And for a man who Rolling Stone's Joe Levy fawningly describes as "serious about his love of country music" — oh please, how serious about music can you be if you have someone else choose it for you? — no Hank Williams or Johnny Cash.