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Detroit Pop-Punks Fireworks Asked Bill Clinton To Play Saxophone On Their Last Album. Yep, Really.

Andy Ritchie
Andy Ritchie 15 hours ago

Sadly ol' Bill was a bit too busy to take them up on the invitation.

Right, first thing's first: click play on the widget below.

If you didn't know, that's the 2013 album 'Oh, Common Life' by Detroit pop-punkers Fireworks. We're big fans - back when we reviewed it on release we said it's an "engaging, inventive album and more proof that pop-punk’s renaissance won’t fade away any time soon."

Notice how there isn't much saxophone on the album though? No? Saxophones aren't particularly big in the pop-punk game but once every now and then would be nice, wouldn't it?

Anyway, the reason there's no saxophone on 'Oh, Common Life' is because ex-US president Bill Clinton didn't have the time to play on it.

Wait, what?


To clarify: that's a screengrab of the reply to an email the band sent to Clinton's office asking him to play saxophone on the album. It comes from Jenna Daley at the Scheduling Department of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation and it reads as follows:

"Thank you for inviting President Clinton to play his saxophone as part of your band's album in September of 2013. As I'm sure you can imagine, his calendar is shaping up to be quite full and due to prior constraints on his schedule, he is unable to join. I want to thank you again for your outreach, and wish you the best with your ongoing album recording.

Sincerely,

Jenna Daley"


If that missed opportunity has bummed you out, a quick Google search of "Bill Clinton Saxophone" should fix you right back up.

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