Kid Rock Tells It Like It Is

Aug 25th, 2008 // 14 Comments

kidrock22.jpgNo matter how vile you may find Kid Rock, there’s something endearingly genuine about him. Maybe it’s his penchant for extraordinarily white-trash altercations at Waffle House or his unorthodox rejection of iTunes, but he’s just plain amusing sometimes, like some sort of wayward uncle that’s good for a few laughs at family reunions, but who you’re glad you don’t have to see more than once every few years. In a recent interview with CMT the blustery rap-rocker rattled off his thoughts on music and politics with his familiar colloquial gusto.

At a time when record companies are continuing to bemoan the decline of CD sales, Kid Rock observes, “If people had good albums, they’d be buying albums. But people are buying singles because they only have good songs.”

As evidenced by his latest album, Rock N Roll Jesus, it’s clear he’s not having a problem sustaining his success at retail. Still in the Top 10 of the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, the title has sold more than 1.6 million copies and is currently selling more than 100,000 copies per week after being released almost a year ago. He’s also enjoying a major country hit with “All Summer Long.”

In an interview with CMT Insider, Kid Rock said the music industry is failing in its efforts to create superstar acts.

“The program director at a radio station, by the way, is not the superstar,” he said. “If he was a superstar, he’d be out creating songs, but he’s not. But he wants to act like he has control and power.”

I’m not really sure where this animosity towards radio program directors came from, but what I think Kid Rock means to say is that if the program directors were the superstars they’d be out lazily exploiting the hooks of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Warren Zevon to create catchy singles.

“I truly believe that people like myself, who are in a position of entertainers in the limelight, should keep their mouth shut on politics,” he noted. “Because at the end of the day, let me tell you what I ‘m good at: I’m good at writing songs and singing. What I’m not educated in is the field of political science. And so for me to be sharing my views and influencing people of who I think they should be voting for … I think would be very irresponsible on my part. So I’ll just keep my mouth shut on that.”

Well, at least he’s honest. And if you need further proof beyond his own admission of political ignorance, look no further than the next paragraph of the article:

“I think celebrity endorsements hurt politicians,” he said. “Because as soon as somebody comes out for a politician, especially in Hollywood, when they all go, ‘I’m voting for this guy!’ — I go, ‘That’s not who I’m voting for!’ … As soon as Oprah Winfrey pops up and goes ‘Ha-la-la-la-la,’ I’m like, ‘I love Barrack Obama. I hate Oprah Winfrey.’” He adds, “I don’t hate her. I just don’t believe in her, so I don’t want any part of any of that. I think celebrities hurt politicians.”

I suppose he could still get out and encourage people to vote. His commercial would go something like “Make sure you vote this November…even if it’s just to spite Oprah.”

The crowning glory of this article is not Kid’s sage political wisdom, but rather his thoughts on the Internet:

“There’s a real problem with this Internet thing and everyone thinking they have a voice,” he said. “This is where freedom can get out of hand. Everybody should not have a voice is what we’ve just proven by the Internet. Because I’m convinced that Jesus Christ could come back onto this earth and forgive everybody’s sins, and it’d be the greatest day in mankind ever. Somebody would take a picture of him. They’d put him on a Web site like TMZ, and the first comment would be ‘Jesus is a douche bag.’ You know what I’m sayin’?

“This is what the Internet and bloggers are all about. They’re all little haters. It’s like, ‘Welcome to Haterville. Population: You!’”

All sarcasm aside, he’s got a point. While many bloggers are intelligent, articulate, and thoughtful, some are not, and I think Kid Rock’s hypothetical second coming scenario pretty much sums it up.

Kid Rock Offers Views on Music Industry, Politics … and Oprah [CMT]


  1. Al Shipley

    Kid, nobody ever said “Jesus is a douche bag.” They said “the guy who named his album Rock N Roll Jesus is a douche bag.”

  2. Chris N.


  3. Clevertrousers

    Sexy Jesus is a douchebag.

  4. Anonymous

    Hey, we all know if Jesus was on Earth (or whatever God you believe in) they wouldn’t let the “HATAZ” get to them. In fact, I bet Jesus would be online “p3wng n00bs” while solving world hunger.

  5. Nunya B

    Interestingly, I was convinced that the link “some” was pointing to was going to be BrooklynVegan.

  6. Hyperion

    If Jesus didn’t want to be photographed, then he should’ve put on a longer robe before getting out of that chariot. That’s all I’m sayin.

  7. Audif Jackson Winters III

    I’d like to think that TMZ would be gracious enough not to call Jesus a “douchebag”, but would instead feature Him in its recurring “All Grown Up” bit.

  8. Captain Wrong

    Nothing worse than out of control freedom. Just imagine. Some commoner could get the impression that their opinion is as importaint as Rock n Roll Jesus’.

  9. Lax Danja House

    @Al Shipley: best.

  10. Chris Molanphy

    It’s a bit rich for a guy who’s selling thousands of albums off one iTunes-withheld single (a single entirely dependent on two massive classic-rock samples) to hold forth about the quality of albums.

  11. amandacobra

    @Chris Molanphy:

    Wait wait wait! Hold on a second! You’re telling me that a guy that first gained success as a rap rock artist who was all about hip hop then when the rap rock ship had sailed suddenly was all about bonafide country music and hanging out with Merle and Willie is in some way hypocritical? So what you’re saying, if I am hearing you correctly, is that the guy whose stage show featured a midget sidekick and strippers is all show and samples and not much actual talent?


  12. Chris Molanphy

    @amandacobra: Yeah, all right, touché and all that shit, but remember: This bozo is taken incredibly seriously by a rockist, classicist, middle-American audience that actually believes the Kid is sticking up for “the good stuff” when he talks about the quality of albums. A lot of people are going to think he’s Good People reading this hypocritical bullshit.

  13. Jay

    Kid Rock is right on with all his comments. Finally somebody who has some common sense. All you trolls on here and just proving his point. You are dumb and should not comment on something just to be dumb and a little troll. I don’t believe in abortion but in this case I was hoping your mom would. Dang.

  14. Jay

    most of you are just pissed cuz you live in your moms basement and have no life but to sit on the internet and troll around to different sites….trollin….bunch of trolls….get a life you troll azz b1tch3s

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