For a generation raised by MTV — particularly in the late ’80s and early ’90s — they were ubiquitous: those 30-second “Rock the Vote” promos featuring stars ranging from R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe to Anthony Keidis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Madonna imploring viewers to register to vote, cast their ballot or support the “Motor-Voter Bill.”
Since it is Election Day here in the United States, we thought we’d dredge up a dozen of those vintage “Rock the Vote” spots, featuring — in the spirit of true musical bipartisanship — not just the more alternative acts we normally cover such as R.E.M., Lush and Jellyfish, but also the likes of Slaughter, Deee-Lite, Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth, Dennis DeYoung and even Donny Osmond.
So check ’em out. And then go vote.
R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Styx’s Dennis DeYoung
That number in Stipe’s video is still active as a White House Comment Line!