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The Rockstar Ramblings: American Dream

Little Caesar has released a video for the title track from latest album "American Dream." Released on May 15th, "American Dream" is Little Caesar's fourth full-length studio album and the follow-up to 2009's reunion effort "Redemption."

The band -- consisting of Ron Young (vocals), Loren Molinare (guitar), Joey Brasler (guitar), Fidel Paniagua (bass) and Tom Morris (drums) -- recorded "American Dream" at Unison studios with producer Bruce Witkin.

When I think of Little Caesar I think of catchy guitar riffs and buy 1 get 1 pizza (aka “Pizza Pizza”). When I hear a song named “American Dream” I think positive thoughts. This is not the case for Little Caesar.

The video begins with rioting and violence and not the good kind. Silhouettes of the band play over news snippets of war, poverty, and Wall Street greed. Ronald McDonald (or at least an impersonator, I’m not sure if it’s the ACTUAL Ronald McDonald) and Ted Nugent (pretty sure that is him at 1:47) are also shown. Are they also both part of the problem? The message is fuzzy, especially when newspapers claiming Elvis is dead are alongside obesity and racism clips. At 3:15 we see a couple tricked out golf carts – does that signal the end of America? In the end we are left with a depressing “political statement” video that supposedly raises awareness to what is wrong with America. It is difficult to know whether there was a calculated decision in order to promote, or was driven by a specific incident. Regardless, apparently there isn’t much to look forward to here in the states. Of course this is one bands opinion…my thought is that they left out negativity as a variable that is ruining the “American Dream,” then again, I guess that’s why this band is featured as part of the video…

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David S. Grant (aka Rockstar_Scribbler) is the author of several books including Rock Stars, Happy Hour, and Corporate Porn. For more information please go to www.rockstarbooks.net or www.davidsgrant.com. You can also follow David on Twitter @david_S_grant.

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