Bald, scary — and in charge
Australia's new government is looking up already. From the BBC:
Australia's prime minister-elect, Kevin Rudd, has announced the make-up of his new government.
He appointed his deputy leader, Julia Gillard, as
education minister, and a former rock star, Midnight Oil singer Peter
Garrett, as environment minister.
Methinks he'll be having Midnight Oil's 1984 album cover "Red Sails in the Sunset" in mind while in office:
Garrett isn't exactly a stranger to politics; it's not like Air Supply are going to be taking over the Ministry of Cheese or anything. But I'd love to see some of those press conferences, and I can't wait until he makes a trip up north (as he must, surely!) to meet whoever's running things up here in a few more months.
Come, Peter Garrett! Our beds are burning.
How can we sleep?
Such an amazing album jacket.
I wonder who can be the American equivalent.
OMG, I wish I could think of someone who would be that good from the US. Will put thinking cap on. So many politicians-who-were-once-entertainers here are kind of goofballs: Sonny Bono, Fred Grandy (Love Boat’s Gopher!), Jesse Ventura….
Peter Garrett is huge in Australia, isn’t he? My first thought about an American comparison was someone like Bruce Springsteen, or Madonna – only because they seem like popular American artists. They don’t seem that political to me though, like Peter Garrett. I don’t know… who is controversial or strange here? How about Prince? Ha!
Controversial, strange … and political, too. I can’t think of too many musicians we have (American) who are dedicated to a particular platform the way Garrett became … and who would naturally fit in that slot, frankly!