No Age’s Randy Randall (left) and Dean Allen Spunt are relieved by Obama’s win.
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L.A. noise punks No Age were in the middle of a European tour the night of the U.S. election. Despite wanting to party at home on the occasion, the duo couldn't argue with the overseas demand for their short blasts of abrasive weirdo-punk tempered by soothing instrumental soundscapes.
"It was 5 am when the results came in, so we were pretty sleepy. In fact, I had to wake Randy up to say, ‘Hey, dude, Obama won!' and then, you know, I got a little teary-eyed," says Dean Allen Spunt.
A month earlier, No Age made a ripple of campaign news themselves. Just minutes before the band taped a performance of their single Eraser for The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, a CBS staffer demanded that guitarist Randy Randall remove his Obama T-shirt, ostensibly to avoid equal airtime regulations.
"At first Randy was like, ‘Fuck it, this is censorship. Let's just go home,'" but Spunt managed to talk him into playing the song with his shirt turned inside out and the words "Free Health Care" scrawled on the front.
"We were still annoyed. It didn't make any sense. You can see in the video that we're upset: we just play and walk right off."
Given that backstage drama, watching Obama win was extra-sweet for the pair. "I remember thinking ‘Finally. This is really, really cool.'"