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Wee Mousie
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posted 23 March 2006 07:41 PM      Profile for Wee Mousie     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Probably everyone here remembers the Dixie Chicks controversy.

March 10, 2003, Dixie Chick, Natalie Maines, states during a concert in London that the band was "ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas."

This sparks intense American criticism culminating in a boycott of Dixie Chick music, radio stations that played Dixie Chick music, and their sponsor, Lipton Tea.

One anti-Dixie-Chick publicity event encouraged fansto bring their Dixie Chicks CDs so that they can be crushed by a bulldozer.

The groupís name entered the new American lexicon.

To be ďdixie-chickedĒ means for an artist to have their career ruined by making unpopular political statements.


But, wait! The Dixie Chicks arenít finished.

In fact, they brought out a new album today! (March 23, 2006).

You can hear a featured cut online, Not Ready to Make Nice

It is really worth a listen!

[ 23 March 2006: Message edited by: Wee Mousie ]


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Boom Boom
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posted 23 March 2006 07:50 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
On another list I belong to, I read that the Dixie Chicks as well as Linda Ronstadt have been booed off US stages for their views. I just so happen to love the Dixies, as well as Linda Ronstadt. I've got every Ronstadt album up to about 2000, including some oldies found when I was in the southwest searching through used record stores for them. I'd love to hear the Dixies and Linda live.
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kuri
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posted 23 March 2006 07:58 PM      Profile for kuri   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Good song. Long before that controversy started I thought of the Dixie Chicks as the *exception* to the general rule that commercial country sucks. I like them even more now.
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arborman
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posted 23 March 2006 08:01 PM      Profile for arborman     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
My understanding is that despite the venom, their albums kept selling in large numbers.

What kind of idiots take CDs they've already purchased and go crush them with a tractor?

I'd be encouraging them to have more and bigger demonstrations everywhere, if they were crushing my CDs. Be sure to stock the shelves in advance.

I also suspect that more USians are feeling the same way as the Chicks did about Bush.


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brebis noire
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posted 23 March 2006 08:01 PM      Profile for brebis noire     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by kuri:
Good song. Long before that controversy started I thought of the Dixie Chicks as the *exception* to the general rule that commercial country sucks. I like them even more now.

Me too. I've always liked the Chicks, and I've never been a big country fan - a lot of the current stuff is heavy on the religious sentiment.

I'm glad they're back with a new album, and I hope they keep it going.


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Stargazer
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posted 23 March 2006 08:17 PM      Profile for Stargazer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yes but the Country music station has an awful lot of attractive people on it. I watch it on mute sometimes, although don't tell unionist, because then he/she would know I was fueled by lustful thoughts.

At the gym today 3 TV's were tuned into The 700 Club. Thankfully I could easily mute that out but I was quite offended.


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Transplant
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posted 23 March 2006 08:30 PM      Profile for Transplant     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Stargazer:
At the gym today 3 TV's were tuned into The 700 Club.

At the gym?!?!

Pumpin iron for Jay-zus were they?


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Stargazer
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posted 23 March 2006 09:11 PM      Profile for Stargazer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yes it was quite weird. All of the bikes and treadmills are facing the TVs, so you can't help but look at them. It was all very strange. I'm hoping it was just a huge mistake. Although on the other screen was a cheesy talk show about promiscuous 13 year olds. An odd juxtaposition.

Surely another 30 minutes and I would have been throwing money at the screen and signing all my wordly posessions to the 700 Club.


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Wee Mousie
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posted 23 March 2006 09:18 PM      Profile for Wee Mousie     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Stargazer:
... All of the bikes and treadmills are facing the TVs ... cheesy talk show about promiscuous 13 year olds ... and signing all my wordly posessions to the 700 Club.

Sounds like a smart plot to get your adrenaline flowing.

Feel the burn!


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1ndiemuse
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posted 23 March 2006 10:09 PM      Profile for 1ndiemuse     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Boom Boom:
On another list I belong to, I read that the Dixie Chicks as well as Linda Ronstadt have been booed off US stages for their views.

Why would they come to our concert just to boo us?

(Simpson's quote intentional)


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Vansterdam Kid
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posted 24 March 2006 12:31 AM      Profile for Vansterdam Kid   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It's a very good song, and can be interpreted in many ways - including political. I'm generally not a country music fan, but if its more contemporary, and less twangy like this then I'll listen to it.

I find it strange that some people got soo angry over what she said, it was so tame. But whatever, anyways here's the most obvious part of the song if you know what I mean:


quote:
I made my bed and I sleep like a baby
With no regrets and I donít mind sayiní
Itís a sad sad story when a mother will teach her
Daughter that she ought to hate a perfect stranger
And how in the world can the words that I said
Send somebody so over the edge
That theyíd write me a letter
Sayiní that I better shut up and sing
Or my life will be over

Iím not ready to make nice
Iím not ready to back down
Iím still mad as hell and
I donít have time to go round and round and round
Itís too late to make it right
I probably wouldnít if I could
ĎCause Iím mad as hell
Canít bring myself to do what it is you think I should



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2 ponies
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posted 24 March 2006 01:19 PM      Profile for 2 ponies   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I've always loved the Dixie Chicks and was impressed when they spoke out against "Dubya's" Iraqi crusade. I wish it wouldn't have taken so long for the majority of Americans to realize that the Iraq war was based on something other than a threat to US security; e.g. corporate profits security, but security for the average American...please!
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F.
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posted 24 March 2006 01:49 PM      Profile for F.     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
What kind of idiots take CDs they've already purchased and go crush them with a tractor?

I've never gone so far as to destroy an album or participate in a mob rally, but after I read certain racist comments made by Brigitte Bardot a few years ago, I gave away my copies of her records. After reading Bardot's comments, I found I simply couldn't enjoy her music.


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Stargazer
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posted 24 March 2006 02:45 PM      Profile for Stargazer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Same here. There have even been concerts I attend on a yearly basis in the US that I didn't go to because the headliners were such racist asses.

I win't buy a lot of music that is offensive (unless it gets sent to me, then I have no choice)


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jeff house
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posted 24 March 2006 05:19 PM      Profile for jeff house     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The Dixie Chicks have a song called "Goodbye Earl" which deals with a man who beats his wife.

I once played it in Colombia, and translated the lyrics to the group with me. All the women were completely enthusiastic: "We need singers like them here!"

The men were mostly reserved, saying "It's too extreme,,they can't be advocating THAT!"

I recommend the song to anyone.


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posted 24 March 2006 05:41 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Originally posted by Wee Mousie:
You can hear a featured cut online, Not Ready to Make Nice

This cut is so powerful, documenting their counter-reaction to the storm that erupted for their open criticism of the Bush Administration. Bravo, Dixies!


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