Good Charlotte Not Worried About Political Fallout

By | September 28, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Good Charlotte is slated to appear on a compilation album titled Rock Against Bush, which is being assembled by Fat Wreck Chords president and NOFX frontman Fat Mike. Good Charlotte, Green Day, Sum 41, and a number of other punk acts will contribute songs to the record as part of a campaign to vote George Bush out of office next year. Good Charlotte guitarist Billy Martin revealed that the band isn’t afraid of the same kind of backlash that hit the Dixie Chicks.

“I mean, we considered that at the same time, you know, but I think that the Dixie Chicks have a little different of a fan base, you know, and sort of a following than we do,” Martin said. “And although it’s not as completely more appropriate for us to do it, I mean, I think for me personally, it’s more of just about…more of like a friendship thing, you know, but I’m gonna go along with it because the rest of my band really wants to do it, and I back whatever everybody wants to do, so it’s cool.”

Good Charlotte is currently on the road with Mest and Something Corporate. Mest had to fill in for Australian band the Living End when their visas to enter the U.S. were denied. The tour is in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday (September 25), and Dayton, Ohio on Friday (September 26).

The latest single from Good Charlotte’s the Young And The Hopeless is “Boys And Girls.” The band recently won both the MTV Viewer’s Choice Video Music Award and the Much Music People’s Choice Video Award.

The Donnas, Sonic Youth, and others are part of a second organization, called Bands Against Bush, which plans to work for the defeat of the President in 2004. They’re looking to stage events across the country on October 11. Meanwhile, Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello is joining singers Billy Bragg and Steve Earle on the politically-themed Tell Us The Truth tour.

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