Wednesday, September 16, 2009


People think the country is divided now, but that's nothing new. People are pitching a fit over health care and personal freedom, over war and peace, black and white. Back in the day we wore long hair and hitched around the country--blue states and red states, it didn't matter, they all seemed red back then -- redneck, right wing, and dumb as a mud fence. Now even cowboys have long hair, but things were different back then. Listen to some of these hippie-hating anthems from the Heartland and see if you agree. Pretend you just walked into a bar and these were playing on the jukebox. Feel that? Just push the little buttons and it's like going back in time.

Smokey Harless sure hates hippies in this tune, "A Place for Them Called Hell." Sample lyric: "They can carry their signs go marching in the streets, all that's good and well - But to my way of thinking if they don't like our country, there's a place for them called hell." He hates protesters, but I wonder what old Smokey thinks about teabaggers...or President Obama, for that matter!

These two dorks couldn't find their ass with both hands and a roadmap, but they sure as hell don't want no socialism stirring up the Knee-grows or giving Aunt Bea a free pair of dentures. And they sure as hell don't want some goddamn hippies hitching through the bible-thumping county, praise the Lord. And that means you, longhair!

Here's one for the president--no, not THAT president! This is "The Great Richard Nixon" by Gene Marshall. Buy a clue, Gene. Now picture yourself tucking your long hair up under your hat and trying to flag a ride. Yesiree, Bob, that's some fine music! Yeeha! Watch those taillights fade on the Interstate.

The other side: "When Did Jesus Become a Republican?" by Cindy Lee Berryhill

Don Jarells sings about his terrible son in this tune. The boy doesn't agree with old Don about Vietnam, civil rights, music, just about every damn thing! Hell, he's a militant!

"The Love In" by old reactionary Sheb Wooley. This is a laugh riot.

Howard Barnes can't tell the girls from the boys in this ode to latent homosexuality, "Helluva World."

Good Old Boy Rusty Adams wrote this redneck "response" to Merle Haggard's "Okie from Muscogee" called "Hippy from Mississippi."

Don Bowman wrote this sensitive portrayal of "The San Francisco Scene."

Joe Ritchie means business in his song, "How Do You Get Rid of a Hippie (In a Country Western Bar)."

Thanks to the musical archives of WFMU for most of these great tunes.

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