How to not listen to Rock n' Roll

by alphamonkey on April 8, 2008 · 3 comments

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The National Review’s John J. Miller counts down the 20 most ‘conservative’ rock songs and in the process illustrates an amazing ability to lift individual lines out of context (not to mention inferring political meaning where there is none as is the case with Battle of Evermore).

As In Deference to My Idols points out Miller actually shows his own ignorance by ignoring Neil Young even though Young actively campaigned for Reagan in 1980, not to mention being a founder of Farm Aid, long a staple of conservative support.

As an exercise in missing the point, it’s hard to beat this little humdinger of an explanation for including Aerosmith’s “Janie’s Got a Gun”:

How the right to bear arms can protect women from sexual predators: “What did her daddy do? / It’s Janie’s last I.O.U. / She had to take him down easy / And put a bullet in his brain / She said ’cause nobody believes me / The man was such a sleaze / He ain’t never gonna be the same.”

Yes, Miller… the song is in fact a glorious testament to the 2nd Amendment and not at all a lament for a girl who was abused to the point where she had to resort to murder due to a family that couldn’t face its own demons.


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  • Katie

    He put Taxman and Revolution but left out Piggies? And “Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” a poem about supernatural events and angering tutelary spirits of the sea (kinda sorta demi-gods, genies might be a better term) written by a heavy opium user is suddenly a conservative poem? Woah. I suppose one can argue that it’s a Christian allegory, but I’ve always thought that elements of the poem put it in direct conflict with what most conservative Christians profess to believe, so… Yeah.

  • Lonnie

    Thanks for the shout-out, guys. Always a pleasure to mock the right.

  • Kevin

    I’m finding it difficult telling the difference between what The National Review does and what Sony Defense Force does.

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