Thursday, May 05, 2005

David Allen Coe

There's some discussion going on (sort of) about David Allen Coe on a message board I've been checking out. Hmmm...quite a dilemma.

There's no doubt that he did some very racist stuff back in the day. Most of it is considered underground or banned. I think he's since said publicly that he doesn't feel that way any more. Is that true, or just what he needs to say publicly? Well, I guess only he knows for sure.

I can understand folks not wanting to support that, and I can't argue with it. I guess I tend to give the guy the benefit of the doubt, forgive and forget type of thing. However, I've never paid to see him live and never will.

Bottom line is that you can't deny that the guy made a contribution. I still see him as sort of a Willie/Waylon wannabe--"Willie, Waylon, and Me" seems like an effort to cash in by grouping himself in with them. Even worse are the frat-boy wannabes who sing "You Never Even Called Me By My Name" at the top of their lungs.

I really hate it that he uses the "N" word in one of my favorite songs of his, "If That Ain't Country," even though I guess you could argue that it's not really that derogatory in the context. What really sucks is that the guy wrote some really good songs, and it's overshadowed a lot by a bunch of ignorant stuff he included in other songs.

"The Ride," "Long Haired Redneck," "Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile," "Would You Lay With Me (in a Field of Stone)" are all incredible songs.

Even the X-rated stuff is pretty funny sans the racism. My favorite is "Whip and Things."

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you kidding? I'm from a younger generation and I love David Allen Coe and everything he stood for. Nowasays you have rap stars saying what they want and making racial slurs using the "N" word all they want and people like it. The only reason that people dont like him saying that is because he is a old country boy and everything he says seems racist. Now you are making too big of a deal about a man that said whatever he wanted when he wanted. Also he is one of the greatest country singers of all time.

3:28 PM  
Blogger Beef Stooge said...

I love DAC too, but then again I love a lot of ignorant people. Making a big deal about it? Don't think's not like I'm leading a campaign against him or anything. Re-read the post and you will see where I said I liked a lot of his stuff. One of the greatest? Don't know about that. There's only room for 4 or 5 people in the category of "Greatest" and I can think of at least 10 better songwriters and a lot of guys who are better singers.

3:34 PM  

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