Not Strange Bedfellows At All

OB's Defamation League calls itself "the official band of the Bryan Barton for Congress Campaign." The onetime Arizona Minuteman volunteer hopes to win the seat to represent California's 53rd District. "Barton's opponent is [incumbent Democrat] Susan Davis," says Nick Sleezin, "and she's sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League, so it seemed like a good fit."

Barton, a self-described "conservative Christian," earned headlines last year for allegedly detaining a Mexican man at the border and forcing him to be photographed with a T-shirt that read, "Bryan Barton caught an illegal alien and all I got was this lousy T-shirt." Authorities decided that Barton didn't hold the man against his will.

"We don't necessarily align ourselves with his political positions," says Khemicle Ali. "I mean, it's not like we endorse pro-life and shit like that. We think the guy's cool, though."

The band is tied to Barton via campaign supporter Steve York, who gained notoriety after he used UCSD's closed-circuit campus-TV channel to broadcast video of himself having sex.

"A lot of the instrumental tracks on our first CD were used in the soundtrack to [York's] porno, Rising Fees and Popping Bs," says Dune Murderous. That CD, Anatomy of Grit-Hop, was released last month. "We also did some songs just for the porno that aren't on the CD 'cause, well, 'cause they're porno songs."

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