Kanye West really wants us to talk about him. So let’s indulge him–just this once. Musicians speaking out about politics is generally an annoying feature for those of us on the Right. I’ve done my fair share of bitching on that topic. We don’t have many artists on “our side” and the best we can hope for from most pop musicians is a sort of besieged neutrality from the likes of Taylor Swift, flag-waving showmanship from Kid Rock or so many country musicians, or Ted Nugent. The last one is in his own league.
This is why everyone collectively yawns when Eminem takes a predictable anti-Trump position while Kanye West can seize control of the news cycle for a couple of days by doing the opposite, full-throttle. I’m not suddenly enamored with Kanye, but I applaud him for being the first black musician to discover the Rosetta Stone of obtaining glorious notoriety.
Let’s memorialize the madmen of music this week with these categories:
- Visionary is Scary – Who were some artists who were brilliant trend-setters, rebels, and movement leaders? I’ll also accept songs that honor such people. Let’s get some notoriety in here with corrupters of the youth and blowhards.
- Marketing Over Music – Those bands that had fantastic gimmicks and junk, but it only obscured how mediocre their music was. I’m specifically thinking of Kiss here. You know I’m right. Stop yelling at your screen, you nut.
- Shut Up and Sing – Political songs are great here, but I’ll also accept any artist haranguing his or her audience while on stage or a news interview or something with one doing this.
Dragon Energy Bonus: Play a song by any artist who is known to have had a personal or at least a friendly business relationship with Donald Trump or even any song that mentions him favorably from prior to 2016. Most keep a low profile these days.
Weekly dedications time. All the more reason to look forward to Friday. If you ever want a dedication of your own, you just have to share a song.
First up is for Lurking, our newest friend. Welcome! Here’s a band I enjoy, extremely unlucky in that it happened to have also been the favorite of Harris and Klebold. The comment section of every single song they have posted on YouTube mentions it multiple times. WE GET IT.
The more you join in, the better we get at figuring out what you like.
WVR: With all the talk about the Windsors this week, how about a big Johnny Rotten middle finger to them all? Once banned in the UK for being too controversial.
pfluffy: Here’s a good segue for you. Next up is another musician who has made some recent, vaguely right-wing comments of his own. Morrissey really is hilarious.
Grendel: One of the greatest hot-button songs of the 90’s.
Speaking of Ice-T, he’s absolutely beside himself over Kanye’s antics.
I hope you’re all happy with yourselves. He’s done.
spootyjim: No song. Just Eddie Vedder griping about war.
Zurvan: You know who was good at being political without being really in-your-face about it? The Clash. This song was banned in 2004 on the British Armed Forces radio, I believe. It was apparently the most requested among Tommies.
Santino: A #1, paying tribute to the stable geniuses.
In the spirit of outspokenness, let’s see some more of you lurkers come forward. I’m sure there are still more than a few RTFLC alumni to shake out.