Election ’08: Palin Polka & Obama Zydeco

Back in February, we noted how both the Clinton and Obama campaigns courted Hispanic voters in Texas through cumbia and mariachi tunes. In the wake of last week’s presidential election, we found a couple of grassroots, accordion-fueled videos paying homage to presidential and vice presidential candidates alike.

First up is the “I’m in Love with Sarah Palin Polka”, from a band called “Joe and the Plumbers.” Led by Joe Rodgers — who some may recognize from posts on alt.music.polkas — the band uses classic Cleveland-style polka instrumentation including the accordion, banjo, and plunger:

On a more serious note, a group of Zydeco musicans came together in Opelousas, Louisiana, to record “Oui, On Peut” (“Yes, We Can”) — a tribute to Barack Obama (and his campaign slogan). The all-star band includes Jeffrey Broussard (of the Creole Cowboys) on accordion:


  1. While encountering “Oui On Peut”, I also uncovered its Republican counterpart, “Obama, No Merci Beaucoup” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUrZltfJv5c … not as big a party going on over there, but that’s what happens when you try to celebrate with a negative message rather than a positive, upbeat one!

  2. Thanks for sharing, Rowan! Funny how the musical styles are similar but the lyrics couldn’t be more different…

  3. Quick update: Joe and the boys have a post-election follow-up — the “I’m STILL In Love With Sarah Palin Polka” — focusing on her future plans.

  4. Damn. I used to like Jeffrey Broussard & Dirk Powell’s music, but now I can spend my money buying other folks music. Any musician who supports a socialist doesn’t see a dime of my money.