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- Posted on Oct 15th 2008 2:00PM by Joe Tacopino
"I would be hearing the name Valerie Plame peppered over every newscast," Meloy tells Spinner. "It struck me how the cadence of her name is really perfect for a pop song. It really grew out of that. I wanted to write a song that used the poetic nature of her name."
Although the song is not overtly political, Meloy is very aware of the impact Plame's story can leave on his audience just weeks before a presidential election. "Everybody should be reminded of the hypocrisies of the Bush administration," Meloy warns. "Particularly the underlings, and how they sold their lies about the war and tried to undercut and destroy the careers of people who stood in their way."
A fervent supporter of Barack Obama, Meloy calls the Democratic candidate "astute" and "incredibly bright." "Obama is one of the most solid democratic candidates that we've seen come along in a long time," he says.
So it may seem like an incentive that Meloy and the Decemberists will perform 'Valerie Plame' on 'Late Night With Conan O'Brien' the night before November's presidential election. But Meloy shies away from preaching politics. "We try to temper our opinions on stage as much as possible," he says. "It's not so much about selling politics, as much as it is reminding people to get involved and to vote."
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