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Monday, May 22, 2006

The Dixie Chicks: A Music Career Gone South?



The Dixie Chicks' new CD, Taking The Long Way is due to be released tomorrow. Political pundits on the Right are predicting a grim outlook for the Chick’s music sales. James Hirsen of NewsMax suggests that the country trio’s career is essentially on the downslide because of comments made by Chicks singer Natalie Maines at the dawning of the Iraq war. Maines declared to a UK audience, "Just so you know, we're ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas."

That comment created a lot of controversy back home in the US as well. Radio stations, particularly those in the so-called “Red States”, pulled the Chicks from their playlists, and some even called for boycotts of the Chicks concerts. The unofficial Chicks ban continues to this day. Overall, they receive about 30% less airplay than they did before Maines’ infamous statement.

So, the question remains. Are Hirsen and the other Right-wing pundits correct? Have the Dixie Chicks committed an unforgivable sin by speaking out againts the President and the war? Are they washed up? Is their new CD destined for the bargain bin?

Mr. Hirsen would like us to believe to so. I think he is blinded by his own ideology.

Many who were staunch supporters of the Iraq war at the time Maines made her statement are not so staunch in their support today. In fact, many may now be inclined to agree with her. Public support for the war is down from 2004 levels, and President Bush is not exactly Mr. Popular these days. His latest poll numbers are below 30% approval – the lowest of his Presidency.

While I personally don’t agree with the statement made by Maines, I am not shocked or offended that she made it. Natalie Maines is an American and has the right to her opinion. And as Merle Haggard points out, “women have always been against war…so what's new?”.

The American public is more forgiving than Hirsen thinks. Let us not forget - it was only a few decades ago that a few lads from Liverpool were boycotted, banned and burned in effigy for a loose remark made by John Lennon in which he claimed the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus". People predicted their demise. Well, we all know what happened to the Beatles.

Maybe John Lennon was right!

The bottom line for the Dixie Chicks is this. If the music is good, people will buy it! If the first single from the forthcoming album is anything like the rest of the CD, it will sell very well.

2 Comments:

At 10:41 PM, Anonymous Country Gal said...

Yeah for the Dixie Chicks. I like their music. Like any other American they have a right to speak their mind. When people pull these silly bans/boycotts they are trying to control others just because they disagree. Very sad.

 
At 12:39 PM, Anonymous Roy said...

Although I have never heard their music, I think it is entirely appropriate for people to boycott musicians, athletes, actors, politicians, etc. on the basis of their behavior. While I do not spend much money on music, I listen to rap and the shit that these people say is usually much worse than that. I wish that people that are famous for a skill would just stick to their skills so I am not forced to make that decision. It is hard for me to watch movies that have actors/resses that make ridiculous comments. Thank god for books and video games.

 

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