Thursday, May 06, 2010

Thursday country music musings...

Someone at Sirius has a sense of humor, I see. Riding in the truck today, I heard Alan Jackson's "Gone Country":

"...some of that stuff don't sound, much different than Dylan...I hear down there, it's changed you see, well they're not as backward, as they used to be, he's gone country..."

You know what I heard right after that? The opening strains of Shania Twain's "Rock This Country," which was the perfect example of what Bob McDill was lampooning when he wrote "Gone Country." I'd guess Mutt Lange more than Shania Twain would have been the song's target, considering that Lange was the '80s rock producer (his credits include AC/DC's Back in Black and Def Leppard's Pyromania), but the song sucked no matter whose influences it incorporated..

Also -- Note to Justin Moore: I don't give a shit what you're singing about, how much you turn up the twang in your voice or how much twangy electric guitar you put on the song, dude, you are not going to make (what is essentially) a rap song (CLICK AT YOUR OWN RISK) sound country. And it's all the more grating that the tune is yet another one of those grating compositions about how country you are. Between that and "Small Town USA," we GET IT, all right? Sweet zombie jeebus, dude, can't you come up with something more original?