Eric Clapton isn’t the first to release an instantly regrettable song
Eric Clapton, guys.
I know it’s hard to believe from a guy who built his entire career around cultural appropriation while being so racist that he inspired the Rock Against Racism protest movement in the ’70s, but Clapton is a bit of a jerk. If he wasn’t in the deep end before, COVID sent him completely disabled.
To catch up with you if you haven’t been following the news from Clapton-gets-medical-advice-from-Facebook, he first released an anti-lockdown and anti-mask protest song last December with the famous apologist of the Van Morrison coronavirus. He claimed it was about saving live music, but the anti-mask part kind of punched that out. Then, to further undermine his excuse, he said in July that he would refuse to play shows that require proof of vaccine, whichâ¦ I mean, it’s a weird way to save live music, no ? By not playing live music?
Either way, it’s getting worse and worse. He releases another song. So, in her honor, join me as we venture through five of the dumbest and most misguided songs ever recorded.
Eric Clapton – “It must stop”
That’s right. Clapton wrote and released an anti-vaccine song, with images of hypnotized people and puppeteers in the video. He came through “Facebook’s mad uncle” in the realm of “Alex Jones’ regular listener”.
He therefore opposes confinements, he opposes masks and now he opposes vaccines. What does he offer us exactly? We do not all have a gigantic domain in which we can sequester ourselves. Although at this rate, there will likely be a song released denying that COVID-19 even exists by the end of the year. Or he’ll end up last in a growing list of ironic deaths.
Toby Keith – “Courtesy of Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)”
It’s a song about killing people.
Remember when Tipper Gore lost his mind when black people made music about killing people in the context of explaining the inevitable violence in their communities and their lives? Did we end up with those stupid parental warning stickers? Well, Toby Keith can sing, “Now this nation that I love is under attack / A mighty punch came from somewhere in the back / As soon as we could see it clearly in Through our big black eye / Man we lit your world like July 4th “and that’s cool. Because it’s cool if it’s white people celebrating the government killing people overseas.”
As you can imagine, this is a post 9/11 revenge song. If you’re too young to remember, it was totally encouraged to be super racist against Middle Eastern people, Muslims – and for some reason Sikhs – for years. Then the war he was so excited about lasted 20 years. Thousands of American soldiers have been killed, tens of thousands have been seriously injured and well over 100,000 Afghan soldiers and civilians have died.
NS ! America! Courtesy of Red, White and Blue!
The whole 80’s – “Do they know it’s Christmas?”
Yes, I credited this song with the ’80s ensemble. It includes an ensemble that includes Duran Duran, Boy George and Bananarama. There is no more apt way to describe it.
This one was actually well intentioned. [Gokhman note: And itâs got Bono, so shut up. Itâs a good song!] A dude brought together the biggest British bands of the 80s to raise awareness about the Ethiopian famine and it became the best-selling single in UK history until Elton John kicked Marilyn Monroe from “Candle in the Wind “.
The problem … well, I mean, it’s called “Do they know it’s Christmas?” for God’s sake. It’s a extremely condescending song. For example, here is a verse from Sting and (with apologies to our illustrious editor Roman Gokhman) Bono: “And the Christmas bells ringing over there / Are the resonating chimes of woe / Well, tonight, thank goodness, it’s them / Instead of you. ” [Gokhman note: I donât care. I like this song, OK?]
Plus about two-thirds of Ethiopians are Christians, so yeah, I think they knew it was Christmas, paternalistic assholes.
Ted Nugent – “Jailbait”
Nugent was 32 when he wrote these words: you. “
“But wait,” his defenders probably shout at their monitors. âThe narrator gets arrested at the end of the song!
In real life, 30-year-old Nugent had declared himself legal guardian of a 17-year-old girl because he was not legally allowed to marry her. Ted Nugent is an outright pedophile.
Tim McGraw – “Outlaw Indian”
It was McGraw’s first song to hit the charts and, dammit, is that racist.
McGraw, who isn’t even slightly Native American, wrote and released a song where he sings as Native American. In it, he essentially compresses all stereotypes into a short, sloppy ode to ignorance. It’s incredible. I pulled key verses from the other songs, but in this case it’s basically every word in the song. For example:
“All my friends call me Bear Claw / The village chief is my paw-paw / He takes his orders from my mouth-maw / She makes him walk the line.”
“You can find me in my wigwam / I’ll bang on my tom-tom / Take out the pipe and smoke yourself a little / Hey and pass it around.” “
“Because I’m an Indian outlaw / Demi Cherokee and Choctaw / My baby, she’s a Chippewa / She’s one of a kind.”
I’m not the one picking lyrics to emphasize how bad it is. This is the first verse and the chorus. It is literally the beginning of the song.
It went on to feature 53 singles in the Billboard Hot 100 in the 27 years since that introduction to mainstream audiences.
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