Elder linked to a work of staggering genius by John J. Miller - the 50 Greatest Conservative Rock Songs of all time.
#1 on the list, naturally, is the Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again" - which happens to be among my three favorite songs of all time.
The list - and its companion list, presumably of songs 50 through 101 - makes a few stretchy calls ("Faithfully" by Journey? Surely you jest) and a few great grabs over the wall ("Bodies" by the Pistols? "Sympathy for the Devil" by the Stone? Awesome!), as well as lots of too-obvious-to-miss calls ("Taxman").
However - and please pass the word to Miler - any such list that fails to include "Due to Gun Control" by Willy DeVille is just plain wrong.
And JB Doubtless responds:
What a crock! Won't Get Fooled Again is about hippie disillusionment with the "Revolution."J.B. knows The Who about as well as he knows the bagpipes. Pete Townsend embraced commercial success like few rockers before or since; The Who Sell Out lampooned rock critics and fans who, like crits and fanboys before and since, derided their favorite bands at the point where they began to succeed. This is the mark of a hippie?
Hippie? Pete Townsend kicked Abby Hoffman off the stage at Woodstock, precisely because he had no time for any of Hoffman's dozey yippie BS!
There aint a damn thing conservative about that song.On the contrary: its' point - that there is no utopia, that anyone who claims to be able to create one is going to eventually screw you, and that at the end of the day the things around you - your friends and your family, your faith - are the only things that you can count on - is the most conservative point there is.
In its own way, it is more conservative than every allegedly-conservative "country" song spoonfed into the market in the past five years. There is no rational question about it.
Calling the list a stretch is too kind. Now on the country side there is no question as to what the songs mean. "We'll put a boot in your ass, it's the American Way"--that doesn't need a lot of nuanced understanding (and weed) to comprehend.An if you put it to an oompah beat and sing it in German, you need even less nuance! Posted by Mitch at May 30, 2006 06:25 PM | TrackBack