Lack Of Right-Wing Rockers Throws Columnist Into A Conservatizzy

Mar 20th, 2007 // 6 Comments

Ted%20Nugent.JPGApparently last year’s National Review ranking of the “50 greatest conservative rock songs” wasn’t enough for some music fans on the right, as the U.K.’s Times Online is looking for tunes to include in a neo-con neo-canon–and sadly, Ted Nugent just isn’t going to cut it:

I want nominations of centre-right singers and centre-right songs. I’ll not be too picky. The centre-right singers may be singing non-political songs, and the centre-right songs may come from people with non centre-right politics who happen to have written a sound song by accident. You get the idea?

My first nomination is The Who singing “Won’t Get Fooled Again”, a fantastic attack on revolutionary politics, which you can watch below if you want. I will be creating a centre-right iTunes playlist of the best suggestions and will burn a CD of this playlist for the person who provides the best item for it, along with the best argument for its inclusion.

Speaking of not getting fooled, the Times editors may want to watch out for mean-spirited liberals who submit songs that are secretly anti-conservative, all in the name of ironic subversion. So here are a few suggested tracks that are 100 percent, certifiably lefty, along with their well-concealed subtexts: Screeching Weasel’s “I Wanna Be A Homosexual” (trickle-down economics); Reagan Youth’s “Jesus Was A Communist” (activist judges); and Neil Young’s “Let’s Impeach The President” (creationism). Burn away!

The Ted Nugent medal [Times Online]

  1. Dickdogfood

    Not friggin again. Don’t want to succumb to treating authorial intent as the last word when it comes to the meaning of a song, but Townsend has stated pretty explicitly that’s a song expressing skepticism over both “politicians and revolutionaries,” hardly a characteristic that’s the sole provenance of conservativism.

  2. Emmanuel Goldstein

    it continues to boggle the mind that neo-cons can listen to the lyric ‘meet the new boss, same as the old boss,’ and take it as some kind of ringing endorsement of business as usual (or business like it was in the fifties, if the fifties are how we imagined them to be in the early eighties, or whatever). I think, perhaps, the new boss being the same as the old boss is in some way taken as a good thing?!? Like bosses are cool, all in the same way & wouldn’t we all like to be one?

    Here’s a hint lickspittals, you’re only as valuable as your results last quarter, and if your whole sector tanks–it’s still your fault. oh, and by the way, don’t let the door hit you in the ass.

    Isn’t capitalism glorious?

    Remember, you’ve got to keep a flexible frame of mind.

    bleet. bleet.

  3. Rome Girl

    Why not just burn the theme song to 24 a bunch of times?

  4. Lionel Hutz Esq.

    I like how the right now refers to itself as the “Center Right.” It would be like Paris Hilton selling her album as a “Beatles Hilton” album.

  5. FlownOver

    Leave it to these guys to twist everything to their preconceived notions. Most people with more than a passing familiarity with the Beatles are aware that the full Lennon line in “Revolution” is the consciously ambiguous “When you talk about destruction/ Don’t you know that you can count me out… in!”

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