[DEBATE] : RE: Ten Right Wing Rockers (Hein Marais)
tintinyana at gmail.com
Wed Oct 24 22:15:30 BST 2007
Indeed. I think the list reflect British tastes/knowledge. There's
tons of other US musicians (country music comes to mind) that could
fall into this. As for homophobia and misogyny, half if not 2/3rds of
hip hop would be included.
I kept on wondering about a SA list.
At this point, I can think of three practising musos:
1. Bok van Blerk
2. Steve Hofmeyr (try reading his blog!?)
3. Mbongeni Ngema ('AmaIndia")
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> 1. RE: Ten Right Wing Rockers (Hein Marais)
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> From: "Hein Marais" <hein at marais.as>
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> Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2007 17:17:27 +0200
> Subject: RE: [DEBATE] : Ten Right Wing Rockers
> Only interesting thing about this (highly-incomplete) list is how, with only
> 2 exceptions, their music sucked as much as their politics. The exceptions,
> of course, are Ramone and Curtis. BTW, extend the definition of right-wing
> beyond party political affections to include aggressive misogyny and
> homophobia and the list gets a lot more interesting and disturbing.
> The ten right-wing rockers
> Some later said they didn't mean it, or changed their minds, but all of
> them at one time pointed right, says Luke Bainbridge
> Luke Bainbridge
> Sunday October 14, 2007
> Observer Music Monthly
> 1. Elvis Presley
> The meeting of the King and the President at the White House on 21
> December 1970 was initiated by Elvis himself. Presley wrote a long,
> rambling six-page letter to Nixon, expressing his concern for the
> country and suggesting he could use his position to help as 'the drug
> culture, the hippie elements, the SDS, Black Panthers etc do not
> consider me as their enemy'. Presley also suggested he be made a
> 'Federal Agent-at-Large' in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous
> Drugs. In their face-to-face meeting, Presley stressed his love of his
> country and told Nixon he was 'on your side'. He also said he had been
> studying 'communist brainwashing' and that the Beatles had been 'a real
> force for anti-American spirit'. This picture is the most requested
> item from the US National Archive, more so than the Bill of Rights or
> the Constitution of the United States.
> 2. Tony Hadley
> The Spandau Ballet singer, a long-standing Conservative, is said to be
> in the hunt for a Tory seat. At this month's party conference he was
> talking tough on crime: 'The fabric of society is torn. We need Cameron
> to be more like Thatcher, to say enough is enough.'
> 3. Ted Nugent
> The hard rocker is renowned for his conservative views and
> anti-drug/alcohol stances. At the National Rifle Association's 2005
> convention he told delegates he wanted rapists, burglars and child
> molesters 'dead'. On Iraq: 'Our failure has been not to Nagasaki them.'
> 4. Eric Clapton
> A drunk Clapton spoke out in support of Enoch Powell at a gig in
> Birmingham in 1976. 'I think Enoch's right ... we should send them all
> back. Throw the wogs out! Keep Britain white!'. His reported remarks
> were a factor in the creation of Rock Against Racism.
> 5. 50 Cent
> In 2005, Fiddy told GQ he thought Dubya was 'incredible ... a gangsta'.
> He revealed he would vote for Bush if his felony conviction didn't
> prevent him from voting. 'I wanna meet George Bush, just shake his hand
> and tell him how much of me I see in him.'
> 6. Geri Halliwell
> At the height of Girl Power, in 1996, the Spice Girls gave a Christmas
> interview to The Spectator , in which Geri revealed their true
> inspiration 'We are true Thatcherites,' she explained. 'Thatcher was
> the first Spice Girl, the pioneer of our ideology.'
> 7. Kid Rock
> The rock rapper, ex-husband of Pamela Anderson and MTV's one-time
> Sluttiest Male Celebrity is also a big Republican. Rock was pencilled
> in to headline a youth concert organised by Bush daughters Jenna and
> Barbara in 2005 until various family groups protested.
> 8. Johnny Ramone
> On induction to the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, the Republican
> declared, 'God bless President Bush.' Johnny, who died in 2004, once
> said: 'People drift towards liberalism at a young age, and I always
> hope they change when they see how the world really is.'
> 9. Phil Collins
> The drummer famously promised to leave the UK if Labour were elected in
> 1997, and did indeed move to Switzerland. Prior to the 2005 election,
> Noel Gallagher urged: 'Vote Labour. If you don't and the Tories get in,
> Phil is threatening to come back.'
> 10. Ian Curtis
> The lead singer of Joy Divison - who is currently depicted in Anton
> Corbijn's biopic Control - helped Margaret Thatcher into power by
> voting Conservative in 1979, reportedly as a protest against the Labour
> government of James Callaghan.
> Sean Jacobs
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