The Arty Semite

To Mindy Meyer, With Love

By Binyomin Ginzberg

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Modern Orthodox punk band The Groggers are known for tangling with controversial issues. From their first viral video hit, “Get,” to one of their latest, “Jewcan Sam (A Nose Job Love Song)” about, well, getting a nose job, the band has drawn equal measures of enthusiasm and scorn.

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Last May, Groggers front man L.E. Staiman announced the group’s hiatus and a forthcoming move to Los Angeles to pursue a solo career. It seemed as though the band would not be heard from for some time.

Then, Mindy Meyer’s New York State Senate campaign happened. (For those who haven’t yet heard of the 22-year-old loud-talking Flatbush native who bills herself the “Diva of the District,” check out Simi Lampert’s coverage for the Forward here, here, here and here.) On Thursday, The Groggers released a new video, “Mindy.” Naturally, it’s a love song.

The video shows Staiman singing as clips from Meyer’s website, YouTube clips (including the Forward’s own), and an American flag appear behind him. It includes a screenshot of the comments on one of Meyer’s YouTube clips, where one fan writes, “she’s so beautiful” while another says “I mean, honestly. She’s an idiot.” A third begins their comment with “Mass suicide. Only solution…”

Lyrics from the song include the lines, “And I know you’re gonna face rejection / but you’ll always win in my election / Mindy, Mindy, Mindy, Mindy, I’ve got a plan / I’m gonna be your first man.”

Some listeners will surely take issue with lines referencing Meyer’s “inability to think” or lines like, “We’ll reign over Brooklyn / you’ll be king and I’ll be queen / and I’ll even help you sound out the big words in your People magazine…” But as political campaigns go, this is hardly the worst it could get.

Meyer’s campaign seems sure to end in defeat, but now, no one can say it didn’t result in anything.

Watch The Groggers sing ‘Mindy’:


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