Bachman-Turner Overdrive "Fed Up" With GOP
FITS has learned that Rock-n-Roll supergroup Bachman-Turner Overdrive is officially "fed up" with the Republican Party.
"BTO," as the band is known to its fans, wrote the classic white collar anthem "Takin' Care of Business" in 1973, a song that was adopted as the GOP's theme during the 1980's under master party strategist Lee Atwater.
The song, now universally regarded as the "GOP anthem," also made a brief resurgence during the aborted Republican Revolution of 1994.
Asked why the group was choosing to disassociate themselves with the GOP, guitarist Randy Bachman said the answer was simple.
"They didn't take care of business," Bachman said. "You can't go around playing our song unless you're actually taking care of business."
Other band members provided additional insights.
"We were optimistic in 1994 when the Republican party appeared to have returned to its core principles of less government and lower taxes, but then the GOP committee leaders refused to abide by their own self-imposed spending caps on the appropriations bills the following year," BTO co-founder Fred Turner said. "That was the beginning of the end of their ability to take care of business."
"The GOP's over-reliance on the immigration issue was the last straw for me," said little known band member Miguel De Francisco Jimenez L'Overdrive. "That's when it became clear to me that they cared more about getting reelected than taking care of their business."
GOP Chairman Ken "Opposable Thumbs" Mehlman, who is resigning in the wake of the 2006 debacle, said a number of other songs were being considered as a replacement, but that he would leave that choice to likely successor Michael Steele.
"We're looking at 'Gimme Somethin' to Believe In' by Poison, 'Oops, I Did It Again' by Britney Spears, 'Loser' by Beck, 'Everybody Hurts' by R.E.M., 'Down In A Hole' by Alice in Chains, 'Cry! Cry! Cry!' by Johnny Cash, 'Year of Tha Boomerang' by Rage Against the Machine, 'Fell on Black Days' by Soundgarden as well as several exceedingly depressing Country songs and some melancholy Lawrence Welk selections," Mehlman said.