Ted Leo voices his support for Wisconsin unions from his parents’ basement
Perhaps taking a cue from Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle, none other than Ted Leo has tossed his hat into Wisconsin’s troubled political ring. Yesterday on his website, Leo posted two versions of “I Guess I Planted,” an unfinished Woody Guthrie protest song that was previously tackled by the likes of Billy Bragg and Wilco. In the video below, Leo performs an acoustic version of the song from the comfy confines of his parents’ basement. We can only imagine a wicked game of air hockey and foosball soon followed.
In a lenghthy blog post entitled “Union Song, Union Battle,” Leo shares his thoughts on unions (he likes them), and reveals that he was pressured into performing the song by some of his more politically-minded Twitter followers. He also implores his fans to “please enjoy, and whether you’re union or not, join me in thinking about the significance of the moment and why this is so important, and send some of those thoughts to the people protesting in Wisconsin.” Aw, thanks, Ted. [via Pitchfork]