Friday, May 26, 2006

Free to be you and me

The National Review has put out its list of the 50 greatest conservative rock songs. But they forgot a few:

  • "Kill The Poor," The Dead Kennedys. Clear-cut support for welfare reform. "The sun beams down on a brand new day / No more welfare tax to pay."

  • "Whip It," Devo. Corporal punishment should be restored to America's public schools to cure homosexuality and latent Communist leanings. "Try to detect it / It's not too late / To whip it / Whip it good."

  • "Tramp The Dirt Down," Elvis Costello and "Stand Down Margaret," the English Beat. Both songs mention Margaret Thatcher, so they must be good. "Stand down" must be a British idiom, like "buck up" only more conservative.

  • "West Germany," the Minutemen. With that song title and the band's name, how can it not be a sweeping ode to anti-Communism? At least that's what I assume -- I couldn't find a copy at Sam Goody. Why, it's probably even more patriotic than "Born in the USA!"

  • "This Land Is Your Land," Woody Guthrie. A fervent tribute to property rights and creationism ("This land was made for you and me"). Also, Guthrie's guitar supported capital punishment and anti-Fascism.

(Kidding, of course....)


Lucy said...

Hah, excellent.

Sunday, May 28, 2006 12:27:19 PM  
Judi said...

Do you ghost write for this outfit???

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 8:31:27 PM  
James said...

It gets worse. I get the impression that this guy listens to CDs all day, just waiting for a single lyric that, taken out of context, will put a not-terrible song on his list.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 10:06:15 PM  

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