Religion, Politics and World Events They make great dinner conversation, don't you think? plus Political Film

Top 50 Conservative Rock Songs

Old 02-05-10, 10:15 AM
  #1  
DVD Talk Legend
Thread Starter
 
Ky-Fi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Cape Ann, Massachusetts
Posts: 10,928
Top 50 Conservative Rock Songs

I didn't know if this belongs more in music or politics---I'll leave it to the discretion of the mods to move it if they see fit.

Pretty good list from National Review. Here's the link to the whole list:

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/25/ar...5brockweb.html

And here's the top 10:

1. "Won't Get Fooled Again," by The Who.

The conservative movement is full of disillusioned revolutionaries; this could be their theme song, an oath that swears off naive idealism once and for all. "There's nothing in the streets / Looks any different to me / And the slogans are replaced, by—the—bye. . . . Meet the new boss / Same as the old boss." The instantly recognizable synthesizer intro, Pete Townshend's ringing guitar, Keith Moon's pounding drums, and Roger Daltrey's wailing vocals make this one of the most explosive rock anthems ever recorded — the best number by a big band, and a classic for conservatives.

2. "Taxman," by The Beatles.

A George Harrison masterpiece with a famous guitar riff (which was actually played by Paul McCartney): "If you drive a car, I'll tax the street / If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat / If you get too cold, I'll tax the heat / If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet." The song closes with a humorous jab at death taxes: "Now my advice for those who die / Declare the pennies on your eyes."

3. "Sympathy for the Devil," by The Rolling Stones.

Don't be misled by the title; this song is "The Screwtape Letters" of rock. The devil is a tempter who leans hard on moral relativism — he will try to make you think that "every cop is a criminal / And all the sinners saints." What's more, he is the sinister inspiration for the cruelties of Bolshevism: "I stuck around St. Petersburg / When I saw it was a time for a change / Killed the czar and his ministers / Anastasia screamed in vain."

4. "Sweet Home Alabama," by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

A tribute to the region of America that liberals love to loathe, taking a shot at Neil Young's Canadian arrogance along the way: "A Southern man don't need him around anyhow."

5. "Wouldn't It Be Nice," by The Beach Boys.

Pro—abstinence and pro—marriage: "Maybe if we think and wish and hope and pray it might come true / Baby then there wouldn't be a single thing we couldn't do / We could be married / And then we'd be happy."

6. "Gloria," by U2.

Just because a rock song is about faith doesn't mean that it's conservative. But what about a rock song that's about faith and whose chorus is in Latin? That's beautifully reactionary: "Gloria / In te domine / Gloria / Exultate."

7. "Revolution," by The Beatles.

"You say you want a revolution / Well you know / We all want to change the world . . . Don't you know you can count me out?" What's more, Communism isn't even cool: "If you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao / You ain't going to make it with anyone anyhow." (Someone tell the Che Guevara crowd.)

8. "Bodies," by The Sex Pistols.

Violent and vulgar, but also a searing anti—abortion anthem by the quintessential punk band: "It's not an animal / It's an abortion."

9. "Don't Tread on Me," by Metallica.

A head—banging tribute to the doctrine of peace through strength, written in response to the first Gulf War: "So be it / Threaten no more / To secure peace is to prepare for war."

10. "20th Century Man," by The Kinks.

"You keep all your smart modern writers / Give me William Shakespeare / You keep all your smart modern painters / I'll take Rembrandt, Titian, da Vinci, and Gainsborough. . . . I was born in a welfare state / Ruled by bureaucracy / Controlled by civil servants / And people dressed in grey / Got no privacy got no liberty / 'Cause the 20th—century people / Took it all away from me."
Ky-Fi is offline  
Old 02-05-10, 10:22 AM
  #2  
Moderator
 
Groucho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Posts: 70,839
Re: Top 50 Conservative Rock Songs

Where's Reagan's favorite "conservative" song, Born in the USA?
Groucho is offline  
Old 02-05-10, 10:31 AM
  #3  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Posts: 11,747
Re: Top 50 Conservative Rock Songs

And here's the list of the Top 50 Rock Songs Whose Lyrics Can Be Twisted Into Something the Authors Never Intended, Provided You Don't Understand Sarcasm and Are Willing to Ignore Context:

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/25/ar...5brockweb.html
dork is offline  
Old 02-05-10, 10:41 AM
  #4  
DVD Talk Legend
Thread Starter
 
Ky-Fi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Cape Ann, Massachusetts
Posts: 10,928
Re: Top 50 Conservative Rock Songs

Originally Posted by dork View Post
And here's the list of the Top 50 Rock Songs Whose Lyrics Can Be Twisted Into Something the Authors Never Intended, Provided You Don't Understand Sarcasm and Are Willing to Ignore Context:

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/25/ar...5brockweb.html

Well, the list is of conservative songs, not bands. From the artists on the list that I'm most familiar with, I think this writer's interpretations of the songs and lyrics are quite astute, but I'd be willing to consider your specific examples showing where that's not the case.
Ky-Fi is offline  
Old 02-05-10, 10:59 AM
  #5  
Moderator
 
wendersfan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Nuova Repubblica di Salò
Posts: 32,858
Re: Top 50 Conservative Rock Songs

Do a search, n00b.

http://forum.dvdtalk.com/politics-wo...ock-songs.html
wendersfan is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.