Monday, November 28, 2005

Right or Left, Your Song Still Sucks

Far be it from me to suggest that politics should not play a part in artistic efforts. However, it strikes me that the artistic efforts of self-described "Right Wingers" suffers from a certain lack of nuance, emotional charge, and originality.

I wish this wasn't the case, believe it or not. There should be a place at the creative table for everyone's beliefs. But I can't help but shake my head in bewilderment/annoyance/incredulity and laugh at efforts like these:

Bush Was Right, by The Right Brothers

Freedom in Afghanistan, say goodbye Taliban
Free elections in Iraq, Saddam Hussein locked up
Osama's staying underground, Al Qaida now is finding out
America won't turn and run once the fighting has begun
Libya turns over nukes, Lebanese want freedom, too
Syria is forced to leave, don't you know that all this means

Bush was right!
Bush was right!
Bush was right!

Good gosh almighty that's terrible. It's not terrible because of what they think, it's terrible because of how they put those thoughts across - by ripping off Billy Joel and penning lyrics on a third-grade level. It's bad art.

But don't take my word for it. Take a listen for yourself.
Hear a barely-disguised vamp on "We Didn't Start The Fire" HERE.


At 5:27 PM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

Oh come on. You know you don't like it because you disagree. I admit it sucks. But you would never single this crap out if you agreed with it.

At 7:01 PM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

Meanwhile, interested to hear your thoughts on this:

At 10:05 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

Of course not. This blog functions as a safety release valve. I'd say that 80% of the stuff here is critical in nature, whether it's of films, television, or politics. If I think Rent's a wasted opportunity, or that this song is particularly eyeroll-inducing, I tend to post it here.

The only things I've routinely pimped here have been Serenity and Lost. So, I'd say its entirely in keeping with the site.

And I've got a few thoughts on that article you linked to. I'll post them tonight or tomorrow morning. Thanks for the heads-up on it.

At 8:24 AM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Wait so you're saying that someone can't hate something because it's bad and because he disagrees? Is it one or the otehr? No. I think it's both. And the only reason anyone would like this peace of drivel is because they agreed with the politics. Or maybe if they were the writer's mama.

At 8:44 AM, Blogger codemorse said...

Whether I agree or disagree with it is sort of beside the point. The point is that its terrible art from my perspective.

If some band called "left of center" wrote a song called "Bush sucks," used someone else's tune as the backdrop, and penned lyrics as insipid as these I'd most definately single it out. Because it would be terrible.

At 10:11 AM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

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At 10:12 AM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

I removed my last post because there were too many grammatical and spelling errors, but here it is:

I guess that is what I'm saying. There is plenty of insipid crap coming from the left. And maybe I haven't been reading long enough, but I have yet to see anything critical of the left on here.

Respectfully, it's not because there's nothing to be critical of.

Now, I know this blog is left leaning and all. I'm not asking you to create a blog in my image. In part, because my image is hairy. But surely, there must be something out there that you can find from the left to be critical of.

I think one of the things that I like so much about modern conservative thought is the willingness of some of the more respected people (like Krauthammer, Andrew Sullivan, and others) to break from the so-called party line.

Maybe because I do not read as much left leaning writing, but I have yet to see such ideological diversity on the left.

And I think if one were to want to appear moderate, there must be something on the left with which you disagree.

I am curious to find out what that is.

At 10:36 AM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Maybe people on the left are just funnier and more creative. ;-)

Actually I find anything Al Franken does to be pretty stupid and un-funny.

At 10:37 AM, Blogger codemorse said...

Well, let's start with yesterday's post about corruption in the govenment, and my criticism of Oliver Willis, a noted blogger on the left, for holding the party line instead of denouncing the corruption of a democrat representative.

I'd consider that "critical of the left."

And I'd argue my own moderate stance by requesting you take another look at my interview with conservative comic book creator Mike Mackey. It would have been easy to eviscerate the man, but instead, I approached him in the spirit of intelligent discussion and treated him with respect.

I've also chosen to highlight conservative commentator's like Krauthammer, applauding them when they state something that I think is smart, right, or thought-provoking.

This is a personal blog, at day's end, and as someone whose politics have always tended left, I'll probably post thoughts that do the same. It's natural. But that doesn't mean I don't take opinions that differ under serious consideration (such as your own), and credit those opinions when I see their underlying reasonableness.

I make a point of reading Sullivan, the aforementioned Krauthammer, and others precisely because, despite tending to lean right, they are willing to consider other points of view when they appear reasonable. I like to think I do something similar here.

At 10:43 AM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

I have been reasonably chastised. And I stand corrected. I was wrong.


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