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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Why I'm Not Buying the Dixie Chicks' New Album.

And I want to oh so badly. I love the Chicks' music. Up until a couple of years ago, there wasn't a band on the planet I liked I as much as those three girls. Even when Natalie Maines made her now infamous remarks in London, I didn't really care. I didn't take down my giant, framed poster of them hanging in my room. I thought the remarks were cowardly - like Maines would ever have the Thatchers to make that comment during a concert in Alabama - but it wasn't going to keep me from listening to their music.

Until yesterday I was still debating whether or not to purchase the new album. Then I heard some interview clips of theirs, and the Chicks made up my mind for me.

Maines starts out by saying she's never claimed to be "country to the core," which is true. I've often heard her in interviews talk about how she has been more influenced musically by rock music than by country. Then Emily says they really didn't like where country music was being taken. It was all becoming "red neck."

So true. And I would never categorize a song about two women, Marianne and Wanda, "both members of the 4H club, both active in the FFA" who poison Wanda's abusive husband with black-eyed peas, as "redneck." Nor would I call a song entitled "White Trash Wedding" that's about a pregnant young girl marrying her boyfriend, while her disapproving father looks on, "redneck" either. No, those are very rock and roll.

Puh-leeze.

It's like they're trying to convince us that this was their plan all along. "We didn't like the direction in which country music was heading, so we decided to piss off 75% of our fan base just so we could make a rock album." I'm not buying it.

To top off the interview Maines said she would be happy if people just buy this album out of "protest." Stay classy, Natalie.

So apparently it's not all about the music. As much as I want to buy this album, to finally have some new Dixie Chicks songs to belt out as a I drive alone in my car, I have to be honest with myself. If this album is all about protest (and with a single like "I'm Not Ready to Make Nice" as the first cut off the album, it's apparent that it is), and I'm not protesting what they're protesting, then I shouldn't buy it.

But I'm not going to send them death threats, or rent a giant bulldozer just so I can plow over their CD's. I'll still listen to their other three albums, because they will always be three of my favorite albums of all time. But I doubt I'll be buying another album of theirs in the future. And that makes me a little sad.


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11 Comments:

Anonymous Brett said...




Well said.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

 
Blogger ihearttexas said...




Hope you appreciated the "stay classy, Natalie" line. That was just for you :)

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

 
Blogger ihearttexas said...




Why is it girlfriday has enough time to go through my posts and correct grammatical errors, but not enough time to comment on them?

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

 
Blogger girlfriday said...




Touche.

I think you're conclusion is right, though I might have gotten there another way.

They're a bunch of babies. Yeah, they're entitled to their opinion and it's the opinion of most rock artists, but they also know full well they made their money on the backs of good old fashioned Americans who largely support Bush and the war.

I wouldn't buy their next CD not because they want protesters to buy it and I am not a protester. Rather, who gives a flying you-know-what. (And their latest single is not memorable.)

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

 
Blogger Tracy said...




I'm in the same predicament as you. I absolutely LOVE their music - it speaks to me and they have a good sound. BUT ... I HATE their attitudes. What to do? I think I'm with you ... I will just enjoy their old stuff. :) My favorite songs of theirs: Travelin' Soldier, Long Time Gone, Wide Open Spaces.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

 
Blogger Lois E. Lane said...




texas, you are brilliant. Thanks for sharing your great thoughts! Now if I could only get girlfriday to stop by MY blog ...

Thursday, June 01, 2006

 
Blogger girlfriday said...




I go by your blog all the time, sucker.

Get a site meter!

Thursday, June 01, 2006

 
Anonymous dafs said...




Well, well. I guess I'll just go ahead and get things started.

Although sometimes I am influenced by the milieau of an artist, or in this case a group of artists, I would buy the album if I liked the music.

Plus I do think there is a difference between
"White Trash Wedding" and "Honky Tonk Ba Donk A Donk" or whatever that butt song is.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

 
Blogger elphaba said...




Well, well. I guess I'll just go ahead and get things started.

Although sometimes I am influenced by the milieau of an artist, or in this case a group of artists, I would buy the album if I liked the music.

Plus I do think there is a difference between
"White Trash Wedding" and "Honky Tonk Ba Donk A Donk" or whatever that butt song is.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

 
Blogger girlfriday said...




So are dafs and Elphaba the same woman?

(Totally in agreement with you on the distinction. Not sure why though.)

Thursday, June 01, 2006

 
Blogger ihearttexas said...




Yes, there is a distinction. But B'Donky-Donk is a way classier song. For sure.

I don't usually let politics influence my entertainment choices. If I did, I would be stuck watching lame ass made for tv movies starring Tom Selleck. I'm sure if I did a little research, I'd find I disagree with 99%
of the bands I listen to.

Maybe I'll buy future Dixie Chicks albums, but this one, like I said, is all about the protest. All about how they have a chip on their shoulder. So they don't like Bush. Woopdy-doo. Apparently, most people don't right now. I just don't like how they've handled the whole situation. Buying this album shows one's solidarity with them. They admit that. And right now I just don't feel a lot of solidarity with my chicks.

Friday, June 02, 2006

 

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