Apparently 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]