April 03, 2006

Like Wildfire . . .

If you haven't seen The Right Brothers' new video yet, here's your chance.

Hm. The right hasn't really had an anthem band for some time—IIRC, not since Oingo Boingo. (No: my favorite wasn't "Only a Lad" nor even "Ain't This the Life." It's a bit politically incorrect, but I adored "I Want To Make Violent Love to You." Naturally, I never bought any of their albums, because they were such horrible reactionaries. And I only listened to them with the windows closed and the shades down, so I'm sure it was okay.)

Apparently, the Right Brothers have two albums out, and they have a new song, "What About the Issues?" that addresses a lot of their hate mail:

Whatcha gonna do to fight three chords and the truth?— Just ignore the issues?

You can download it for free here, though there's no video just yet.

Hat tip: everyone, but I saw it first by linking from Hackbarth's site.

Posted by Attila Girl at April 3, 2006 11:08 PM | TrackBack

Ha! Back in the day, Oingo Boingo and a few other West Coast bands played something they called the “Turd Town Tour” every few months, which meant they came to Salt Lake City three or four times a year. They even did a Halloween show here in 1980 or ’81. Good times.

Black Flag was another regular visitor around the same time. Take my word for it, the sight of Henry Rollins stomping around the stage in Mormon temple garments isn’t easily forgotten.

Posted by: utron at April 4, 2006 02:00 PM

Rollins is brilliant--and disturbed.

Posted by: Attila Girl at April 4, 2006 02:41 PM

And in my mind, a self-righteous, bullying, dogmatic, loud-mouthed, Grade-A asshole.

Said by a guy whose Punk Rawk credentials are, as LMA knows, impeccable.

Posted by: Mikal at April 4, 2006 09:26 PM

P.S. Even when I was a self-described left-anarchist punk, I never saw Oingo Boingo or frontman Danny Elfman as "reactionary." Self-conscious art geeks, yes. One-dimensional righties, no.

Songs like "Only a Lad" and "Capitalism", even under all the lame quasi-ska instrumentation and funhouse arrangements, sounded like the words of someone who'd been, as the saying goes, "mugged by reality" at a relatively young age, and was sick and tired of wading through the swamp of leftist groupthink and nonsense that's been pretty much the only accepted boho/hipster political stance since Jack Kerouac drank himself to death.

Posted by: Mikal at April 4, 2006 09:35 PM

Absolutely. It was at your parents' place back in high school that I first heard the Dead Kenneys.

Posted by: Attila Girl at April 4, 2006 09:35 PM

When I think of right wing and rock Ted Nugent always comes to mind. Those aren't pleasant thoughts.

Posted by: Sean Hackbarth at April 4, 2006 09:56 PM

I'm sorry, but I do love the Motor City Madman. He may be in that category of Lovely Stylized Hard Rock inasmuch as all his songs sound the same--but it's okay because I like the sound. AC/DC would be another example.

But I don't think in Nugent's case his actual music is political, like Oingo Boingo's was: he just liked to play a particularly aggressive style of rock. It's not like the songs were all about guns and hunting (though that wouldn't be a bad idea). And the lyrics were pretty tongue-in-cheek, for the most part, unless we accept the premise that poontang really was all he thought about.

Posted by: Attila Girl at April 5, 2006 03:17 AM

Oingo Boingo was SO obnoxious. Hard to believe he went on to be a decent composer

Posted by: beautifulatrocities at April 5, 2006 03:19 AM

Aren't you up past your bedtime, young man?

Posted by: Attila Girl at April 5, 2006 03:24 AM

Mikal--in response to your second post, you'll have to recall what a True Believer in the Church of Leftism I was in those days. (And whom I lived with for some of that time.)

Posted by: Attila Girl at April 5, 2006 04:15 AM

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