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Toby Keith – Courtesy of the red, white, and blue (angry american) Lyrics 13 years ago
Pakko, while your beliefs about the song and Keith are shared by many, they're also wildly inaccurate. As I pointed out above, Keith is a Democrat. Yes, his song's been misinterpreted by twits on the right (as well as on the left), but this isn't completely his fault.

The founding fathers' religions and thoughts on religion are continually being misinterpreted by folks on the right as well--going by your logic, they're blubbering fascists too.

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Orgy – Santa's Creepy Secret Lyrics 14 years ago
If I had to name a favourite Xmas song, it'd be this one.

Portrays the darker side of Xmas..the high chance of disappointment, pedophilia, and the fact that war and violent crime persist during the holiday season.

"I'm on a merry-go mission with a carousel team" -- possible reference to Carousel in the film adaptation of Logan's Run. In the book and movie, overpopulation is dealt with by having people over 30 terminated; in the film, they are expected to travel to a place where they will supposedly undergo the ritual of "Carnival" which somehow renews them but in reality they're just killed. Ties in with the theme of youth and the disappointment that growing older and wiser often brings.

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Toby Keith – Courtesy of the red, white, and blue (angry american) Lyrics 14 years ago
While I don't care particularly for Toby Keith, one has to admit that this song isn't as bad as it could be. It basically puts forth the message "if we're attacked, we'll attack back". Unlike the Bush administration, Keith makes no claims that we were attacked by someone we weren't (i.e., conflating al-Qaeda/Osama bin Laden with Iraq/Saddam Hussein, who in reality can't stand each other) and doesn't even advocate going after Muslims in particular. In fact, Keith has gone on a record as being a Democrat who has never supported the war in Iraq. He just also happens to be very patriotic as well.

The overly-macho "put a boot in your ass" bit makes me roll my eyes a bit but then a lot of country isn't exactly known for its subtlety (notice I say "a lot" and not "all"). I agree with those who want the United States to act like a grown-up nation and to pursue diplomacy with states we have a problem with (before anyone complains that you can't negotiate with terrorists, al-Qaeda is not a country or state...but Iraq and Iran are.)

It's interesting how this song has become a sort of Rorschach for people's political beliefs...generally speaking, Bush-supporters see it as defending the pre-emptive doctrine of "they might bomb us, so let's bomb them first" (it doesn't) and Bush-detractors see it as everything that's wrong with the conservative right (which isn't helped by the people on the right getting it wrong).

In the end, it's simply a very patriotic song--not everyone's cup of tea, certainly not mine--but nowhere near as significant to the national debate as well-meaning-but-confused people on both sides have made it out to be.

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Morrissey – Bengali In Platforms Lyrics 14 years ago
It's indeed possible that the song was meant to convey a sympathetic warning to a potential immigrant, either about still-existent racism or simply giving a "this place isn't so great, really" general sort of sentiment. But his explanation to Shaun Phillips in _Sounds Magazine_ ("If you went to live in Yugoslavia tomorrow, you would find you didn't really belong there") didn't help clarify things. At the very least, he seems to suffer from a good bit of foot-in-mouth syndrome, however well-intentioned he and his works may be.

[The whole thing reminds me of Andrew Dice Clay's oft-contested claim that his humour was meant to be satirical; if so, it was pretty lousy satire, in that his main demographic found the material itself amusing rather than the attack on bigotry it supposedly conveyed.]

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Arcadia – The Promise Lyrics 14 years ago
Thanks for posting the above..I also found this from Ask Katy from Le Bon:

"It's about the western world's betrayal of the third world."

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White Zombie – Blood, Milk And Sky Lyrics 14 years ago
Actually FangedLuciferous, the "tribe nonsense" comes from the actual Wikipedia entry on the song. It's right there as a matter of official record. Do your research before spouting off, you'll sound less ignorant.

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Marilyn Manson – The Bright Young Things Lyrics 14 years ago
First off, it's extremely wishful thinking to believe this song is saying "be who you are no matter what!" when the narrator is clearly superficial and manipulative:

"Fake abuse for our bios/Blacken our own eyes", "We set it on fire/
And we have no reason why" and then Manson switching narrative voices to comment "Stop the song and remember what you used to be/Somebody that fucking impressed me"

While I doubt the song is aimed specifically at "goth kids" or Manson's fans in particular, it clearly mocks clueless rebellion which exists for its own sake. From Wikipedia's entry on the album (_The Golden Age of Grotesque_): "...takes a parody to the idea that living life to the fullest has led us into a nihilistic stupidity, hence the 'rebel to sell' references within 'The Bright Young Things"

Bright Young Things was a phrase used to describe a group of early 20th-century artists/writers known for their "sake of it" rebellion; "beautiful and damned", a line in the song, was also used to describe this group and was the title of a book by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Another of these authors, Evelyn Waugh, wrote a novel satirizing the scene under the working title "Bright Young Things" but he feared the phrase was becoming clichéd and so changed the title to "Vile Bodies". (However, the 2003 film based on the book used the old title of "Bright Young Things".)

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Placebo – Brick Shithouse Lyrics 14 years ago
According to Brian Molko, it's about a disembodied soul floating overhead watching their lover make love to the person who killed them. "About getting to beaten to death", verbatim.

And Deebs is right...."don't you wish you'd never met her" = shoutout to PJ Harvey's "Rid Of Me".

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The Jesus and Mary Chain – Teenage Lust Lyrics 14 years ago
I don't agree that the girl in the song is such a victim. Innocent yes, but in this case it's her strength, not her weakness.

"she's taking hold of her sins now for the first time
well she's been told about sins now but it feels fine"

She's not brainwashed by all the bullshit in culture that says that sex, particular premarital or extramarital sex (particularly if you're female) is bad or wrong in itself.

"she's taking hold and I'm holding on"

The girl is clearly in charge here.

Also, the video shows strippers that _don't_ look like they're stripping for the first time, so they're obviously not meant to be the subject of the song. It should be remembered that videos are not always illustrative of the lyrics or meaning of a song; they're promotional tools shot by a director.

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PJ Harvey – 50ft Queenie Lyrics 14 years ago
I completely agree, my artsy slutty comrade. And when they're not intimidated by her, they don't feel she's of any relevance she's not featured on TRL or somesuch.

I once attempted to introduce one of my younger cousins to PJ, only to within a couple minutes get a wince, "this is weird", and her attempt to then convert me to worship of the alleged greatness that is Creed. She's now dead to me.

Seriously though, all hail Ms Harvey.

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White Zombie – Blood, Milk And Sky Lyrics 14 years ago
marinbryce2: The United States is _hardly_ the only nation to have red/white/blue as its colours. Ever hear of the United Kingdom? France? 'Duuuh' yourself, twit.

Thanks to those who did their research, rather than just applying knee-jerk ethnocentrism.

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Placebo – UNEEDMEMORETHANINEEDU Lyrics 14 years ago
Still researching this one, but it makes me think of the "Death of Nancy Boy" photos and the lyrics of "Space Monkey", and is therefore a sort-of kiss-off to some of the more obsessive fans.

[Some might find that uncharitable, but it's easy to forget--in the modern atmosphere of instant stardom and all the cloying publicity shite ("we love our fans, so buy the re-issue!")--again, it's easy to forget that, aside from quality product for money spent, an artist doesn't "owe" their admirers a damn thing. If you're an artist, you write, you sing, you paint, whatever--because you have that drive, that fucking _need_ in you. The rest is details.]

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Placebo – UNEEDMEMORETHANINEEDU Lyrics 14 years ago
Still researching this one, but it makes me think of the "Death of Nancy Boy" photos and the lyrics of "Space Monkey", and is therefore a sort-of kiss-off to some of the more obsessive fans.

[Some might find that uncharitable, but it's easy to forget--in the modern atmosphere of instant stardom and all the cloying publicity shite ("we love our fans, so buy the re-issue!")--again, it's easy to forget that, aside from quality product for money spent, an artist doesn't "owe" their admirers a damn thing. If you're an artist, you write, you sing, you paint, whatever--because you have that drive, that fucking _need_ in you. The rest is details.]

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Otep – Menocide Lyrics 14 years ago
Posts like the above--unwitting knee-jerk apologies for misogyny--spell out the reason why songs like "Menocide" are needed.

Otep's not in need of therapy, she's not sick. What _is_ sick is a society that condemns the oppressed for speaking out. What's sick is denying the sickening statistics we all know about, how many women are raped per hour, how many beaten in their homes, and so on, and so on.

What's sick is condemning an artist for giving vent to emotions nearly every thinking and feeling entity of half the globe's population has felt at one time or another. The caricature of the "evil manhating dyke/feminist" is terribly convenient because it discredits the fact that it's EVERY woman. And so any woman that has a moment of pure unbridled rage--even if it's just in a song, not in actually going out and committing murder--is "crazy", "man-hating", etc. Same old bullshit propaganda.

This all reminds me of when Body Count's "Cop Killer" came out--some whites completely missed the point of the song, the rage some in the black community felt toward police brutality. All they could do was shake their heads like disapproving old grannies, wondering why "those people" (blacks, women, gays, what-have-you) didn't just shut up already.

Feel pity for these people...the more progress is made, the harder a time they're going to have of it.

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Moby – South Side Lyrics 14 years ago
Yes Dr. D, you were missing something..the "gorram" (using fictional insults for something you don't understand, how avant-garde) video was making fun of the process of making videos.

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Placebo – Space Monkey Lyrics 14 years ago
LTD's is the only comment that really seems to go the heart of this (though I can see how people would be thinking "sex!")...I've seen the song described as "Molko's brooding vocals strike to knock down the celebrity pedestal that creates a false human image" (courtesy of All Music Guide).

The song serves as a great indictment of the attitude of some of the less rational (or simply more selfish?) fans that Molko is only acceptable and not selling out when trannied to infinity (regardless of, say, whether he _feels_ like it that day or month or year), putting the rock persona and indie caricature at greater priority than the actual person or his music. It's no wonder they did that photoset of bludgeoned Nancy Boy...we should all be so fierce ly honest when it comes to defense of self and autonomy.

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Placebo – Protect Me From What I Want Lyrics 14 years ago
Indignity was the closest..Brian Molko said that the song was "written when I was hurting deeply and coming out of a very self-destructive relationship, hence the creepy atmosphere."

Also, regarding comments about the nationalities of the band members...they're not a "French band", Molko speaks French fluently because he grew up partly in Luxembourg. The bassist is Swedish and the drummer is English.

And while Molko's mother happened to be in Belgium when he was born, he is not Belgian...his father is American with French and Italian roots, and his mother is Scottish. He calls himself an "expatriate American", meaning as a child at least he was an American citizen, but lived in other countries (mostly in Europe), and considers himself more European. Hope that clears things up... :]

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Placebo – Allergic (To Thoughts Of Mother Earth) Lyrics 14 years ago
From interview:

Q: Can you tell me what 'Allergic' is about?

Brian: Well that's one of the songs on the album that isn't really a love song. It's a kind of environment versus religion song. It's me having a go at Christians for not giving a shit about the environment basically because to them their rewards will always be in heaven and not on this earth so it really doesn't matter that we're using this place as a fucking garbage tip, you know. And when I first started writing songs I had to shake the spectre of Jesus out of me so I wrote a lot of sort of like' I'm angry about God' songs and it didn't really kind of you know I had to get that out of my system before we started the band really. But it's kind of crept up on me in this... in 'Allergic' you know. It's just kind of having a go really but it's also kind of like saying, you know, that Mother Earth, you know, Mother Nature, is stronger than you and Mother Nature will have her own back.

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