Photo via Tim Kaine’s Facebook
Senator Tim Kaine has already demonstrated his musical acumen on the campaign trail, calling out The Replacements as his favorite band and likening himself to rapper Lil Wayne with the unfortunate nickname Lil Kaine. Now, in what looks like an attempt to win over undecided music lovers before next week’s election, Kaine has shared a Spotify playlist of his favorite songs — and it’s damn impressive.
Kaine’s beloved ‘Mats are represented with two songs (“I Will Dare” and “Bastards of Young”), and the playlist only gets better from there, with some truly left-field choices by The Who (a somewhat obscure cut of “Young Man Blues” from Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970), David Bowie (the re-recorded version of “Rebel Rebel” that appears on 2003’s Reality), and Bruce Springsteen (“Local Hero”, off 1992’s Lucky Town).
It’s one thing to appreciate the classics, but Kaine takes it a step further by including up-and-coming indie rockers Alabama Shakes (“Don’t Wanna Fight”) and Lucy Dacus (“I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore”), both of whom he called out as favorites in the New York Times’ Sunday Review. Other inspired selections include The Kinks (“Waterloo Sunset”), Bob Dylan (“Buckets of Rain”), and Charlie Parker (“Cool Blues”).
Now, we’re not saying you should vote based on music taste, but there’s something distinctly alluring about having an avowed Replacements fan be one heartbeat away from the presidency. Listen to the full playlist below.
Your move, Mike Pence.