Tuesday, October 14, 2008

That is the sound of Hank Williams rolling over in his grave. . .

I think we have a new contender for worst desecration of a parent's musical legacy ever. At least that Monday Night Football song he did was as easy to avoid as it was to ignore. Now Hank Williams Jr. has redone one of his forgettable "hits" into a creepy hymn to Palin-McCain:


I can only assume he is referring to Palin as the "hey good-looking dish" but I refuse to be surprised any more. Furthermore, if that's what everyday Americans want to listen to, then I'm glad to be a far from everyday Canuck.

Since when did "country" music become about rich white people shilling for rich white people? How did we go from "I'm so lonesome I could cry" to "the bankers didn't want to make all those broken loans"? I love country music. Cash and Nelson and Wells and Williams all get heavy play on my ipod. I love the newer alt country acts, the ones you would read about in the sadly defunct No Depression magazine. I love the older stuff - the Carter Family, shape note singers, bluegrass pickers. There is a rawness to the music that floors me in much the same way that the best blues does.

This song has none of that. It's clumsy and childish. If that's the best that McPalin can come up with, they might as well just stop now.

This rant was brought to you by the letter "G". Underused by Republicans for 8 years and counting.

1 comment:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh man! Now I am afraid to click on that link.

I need to work up some courage before I watch that man desecrating good music.