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As Ireland breaks for St. Patrick's Day, Ulster Unionists turn to Flash Harry for votes

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(Read caption) Queen's Freddie mercury shown during a concert at St James Park in Newcastle, in this file photo.

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Politics and popular culture often make for uncomfortable partners. But the Ulster Unionists – whose politics and penchant for the color orange are not exactly popular in much of Ireland on St. Patrick's Day – are reaching out for a little rock-and-roll pizazz to improve their chances at the polls in Northern Ireland.

Whether it's well-meaning campaigns like Rock the Vote, Ted Nugent at the tea parties, or the sight of musicians of near-pensionable age attempting to educate youths about global issues (step forward, Sting and Bono), rock-and-roll and politics just never quite seem to gel.

Perhaps it's rock's anti-authoritarian aesthetic of eternal teenage rebellion. Or maybe it's just that the last thing we want from lawmakers is "excitement" in the form of sex, drugs and rock-and-roll.

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