Twisted Sister founder and guitarist Jay Jay French has created a rock anthem for a new political generation. Recorded by Jay Jay French and Friends, “I Want Barack” is a rewrite using the template of one of the biggest anthems of the ’80s and one of Twisted Sister’s biggest hits – “I Wanna Rock”. “I Want Barack” is a rousing battle cry for Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. It is expected to be featured at upcoming Obama rallies.
A lifelong political devotee, French comes from a long line of activists. His mother Evaline French Segall ran the Upper West Side campaign headquarters for John F. Kennedy during his Presidential bid and was later the campaign manager for the first African American woman ever elected to the New York State Senate, Constance Baker Motley.
With “I Want Barack”, French lends his support to Senator Obama in the best way he knows how; with a raucous rock song.
“Inspired by a deep desire to see Senator Obama elected President of the United States,” French said in a statement. “I set out to create an anthem that could be sung in large gatherings as a rock n’ roll version of ‘Hail to the Chief’.”