Summary: The USA Singers are a new musical group formed to trash Trump and Fascism with the power of music. They produce protest songs based on many different forms of American music, ranging from Rock to Big Band to Jazz. Check out their funny, powerful, and moving music at The USA Singers.
Donald Trump has been unmitigated disaster for the United States, but three positive things he has managed to do: he has united and energized the Left, he has revealed the fundamental cruelty and corruption of the modern Republican Party, and, most of all, he has inspired legions of great songwriters and musicians to produce new masterpieces of protest music—individuals and groups ranging from Rebel Rampage to the Parody Project have helped re-vitalize the great American traditional of political music.
And, now, we have a new and potent entry into field—The USA Singers, a collective of musicians and artists who have set out to fight fascism, with music. “I believe it was Dan Rather who said that we must fight this regime with humor and art,” says the USA Singer’s leader and co-founder, a professional musician who uses the name “Frankie D. Roosevelvet.”
He won’t reveal his real name. None of the USA Singers will—preferring instead to employ a variety of noms de guerre, all with certain comic connection to American history. There’s Rutherford Purple Hayes, Dolly Madison Avenue, Jackie Oniceass, Blind Orange Coolidge, Thomas George Jefferson, Herbert Hoover Damn!, and Slick Willie Chili, among many others. However, he will admit that they are all well known, and have been in the industry for a very long time. Under their real names, says Roosevelvet, “we have collectively played tens of thousands of shows…[and] all over the world.”
But, busy as they are, these musicians felt they could no longer remain silent given the nature of the Trumpian regime. “[Some of] the major artists have been sitting on the sidelines in all this,” he notes. “We felt it was our duty to add to the repertoire of patriotic political protest music.” The result was USA Singers, which has just released its first album‑ The Orange Album.
Roosevelvet is quick to explain that USA Singers is not in the busy of producing parody songs. Not that they have anything against parody. He says they love people like Parody Project and Randy Rainbow, parodists pure and simple. However, they are themselves producing actual protest tunes, in the tradition of Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa, and Woody and Arlo Guthrie. “Those are my heroes,” says Roosevelvet.
Thus, the tunes may be quite funny, like “Bigly Hands” and “Trump Train,” but they are original tunes, and are meant to instruct while they put “a smile on people’s faces.” Thus, in song after song, piece after piece, music video after music video, they savage the Trump administration and all that it stands for. We have, for instance, Border Wall, which sounds like a peaceful bit of Latin Lounge, even while it reveals the fundamental absurdity of Trump’s Wall. Also, there’s My Casinos, which gives us a very close look at Trump’s (failed) casino empire. And, of course, there’s (I’m Not) Kellyann, which explores the Orwellian nature of Kellyann Conway’s pronouncements, as in:
Up is down, left is right
Off is on, day is night
Rich is poor, black is white
Strong is weak, loose is tight
War is peace, love is hate
Death is life, lame is great
Good is bad, wrong is right
Lost is found, blind is sight
Can’t you understand
I’m not Kellyanne
Facts are what I say they are
I’m smart and I’m beautiful