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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Rating SF Supervisor Candidates by Their Taste in Music, From Nas to Aretha

Posted By on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Of all the criterion by which voters choose their elected representatives, we think one is sadly underemployed: taste in music. Last night, at a forum in which 10 candidates for San Francisco supervisor discussed nightlife issues in the city, each was asked to choose a single song to represent them. Mostly, the songs picked were obvious, banal, and boring. But to help you, the music-loving local, decide whom to vote for this November, we've ranked the candidates in ascending order of mediocrity based on their choice of song. And since so many choices were so lame -- and a few suspiciously good -- we've forgone the typical top-10 format in favor of a tiered system. See below:

Tier 3 -- Your policies better be more creative than your taste in music:

  • Wiener
Scott Wiener -- District 8 -- "The Wiener Song" (I Wish I Was An Oscar Meyer Wiener) by Richard Trentlage

  • Sparks
Theresa Sparks -- District 6 -- "Imagine," by John Lennon

Malia Cohen -- District 10 -- "Respect," by Aretha Franklin

Rebecca Prozan -- District 8 -- "Higher Ground," by Stevie Wonder

Debra Walker -- District 6 -- "Lean On Me," by Bill Withers

  • Sweet
Lynette Sweet -- District 10 -- "How Sweet It Is," by James Taylor

Tier 2 -- You apparently have some capacity for cleverness and may even enjoy music:

Steve Moss -- District 10 -- "Soul Man," by James Brown

Chris Jackson -- District 10 -- "I Can," by Nas

Dewitt Lacy -- District 10 -- "Umi Says," by Mos Def

Rafael Mandelman -- District 8 -- "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)," by Sylvester

Tier 1 -- Your taste in music must exist to mask other flaws:

  • Kim
Jane Kim -- District 6 -- "Triumph," by Wu-Tang Clan

Tony Kelly -- District 10 -- "Who's Gonna take the Weight," By Kool & The Gang

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