Tuesday, May 30, 2006

John Lennon, Radical Conservative

The conservative National Review just put out this list of the fifty best rock "songs to be conservative to." Included in the list: songs by U2, John Mellencamp, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Everclear, and CCR. Only the National Review could include songs by a communist, two well-known liberal activists, two members of the Vote for Change tour, and a DNC delegate on a list of conservative songs.

And yet oddly enough, there's no Ted Nugent.

That's not it: the list includes Ben Folds Five's "Brick," an emotional account of a girlfriend's abortion, and The Pretenders' environmental rocker "My City Was Gone." Not exactly standard conservative fare. My personal favorite is the Georgia Satellites' "Keep Your Hands To Yourself," which is less a song that "affirm[s] old-time sexual mores" than one that complains of sexual frustration.

To be fair, my top 50 liberal songs would include tunes from conservatives Garth Brooks ("We Shall Be Free") and Lynyrd Skynyrd ("Saturday Night Special"). But seriously, only about half of these are truly conservative. NatRev - come on. Tammy Wynette as a rocker? You can do better.


Mike said...

Wow. Just wow.

More relevant and thought-out commentary to come when I'm not at work. :)

Ben said...

While I admit most of that list is pretty damn ridiculous - "Janie's Got A Gun" as a pro-2nd Amendment song? - I disagree with you about "Brick." I mean, I don't think it's a sign that Ben Folds is pro-life, but it rather effectively shows the emotional devestation and isolation a young couple feels after an abortion. This counters the cavalier portrayal of abortion as an easy, no-consequences solution to unwanted pregnancies. To quote another excellent song on the topic: "Why are you crying? This should be so easy." Same point.