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Thanks largely to the catchiness of his compositions, Capitol signed OK Go, and "Get Over It," from the outfit's 2002 self-titled debut, became a minor hit. The quartet toured so relentlessly in its wake that Duncan left the group after recording Oh No, and things haven't been much easier for his replacement, Ross. "He joined the band just over two years ago, and since that time, there's only been one time when he's been home for longer than four days in a row," Kulash says. "If that were me, I would have quit the band in fuckin' month six. So the fact that he hopped on for the ride and has done such a fantastic job is amazing."
For his part, Kulash has found ways to combine music with social concerns, most overtly with "How Your Band Can Fire Bush," an essay he wrote in advance of the 2004 presidential election. In the piece, he argued that contemporary musicians "are the loudest, most effective voice that the political left has," and passionately encouraged them "to give a shit and make your opinion heard." Most of the responses he received to this salvo were positive, with even people who disagreed with his views offering praise for his anti-apathy stance. But he also heard from what he calls "a few really vehement haters, and some of them were truly funny. This one guy wrote, 'It's us against the Mus-a-lims' -- he couldn't even spell 'Muslims' -- and 'Haven't you ever heard of the Crusades?' And I thought, what a proud Westerner, wearing the Crusades as a feather in his cap."
The trophy garnered by the "Here It Goes Again" video serves the same function for OK Go, and Kulash couldn't be more psyched about it. "The Internet is such a Wild West right now that a home video can get a Grammy," he says. "It's obviously totally backwards -- and totally awesome."
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